February 13, 2013

Gauchos Look at Back to Back Road Matches

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• The Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (5-8, 3-6) vs. No. 1 UC Irvine (10-3, 7-3)
at Bren Center in Irvine, Calif.
Series record vs. the Anteaters – 45-23
Streak vs. the Anteaters – Lost 5
UCSB Streak Overall – Lost 1
UC Irvine Streak Overall – Won 6
Last time out vs. the Anteaters – L, 3-0 (1/30/2013)

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (5-8, 3-6) vs. UC San Diego (4-10, 2-8)
at RIMAC Arena in La Jolla, Calif.
Series record vs. the Tritons – 29-7
Streak vs. the Tritons – Won 1
UCSB Streak Overall – Won 1
UCSD Streak Overall – Lost 4
Last time out vs. the Tritons – W, 3-1 (2/1/2013)

• Gauchos Split Last Two Games
To kick off the week, UCSB hosted Cal Baptist, a team new to the MPSF. The Gauchos
came out hitting strong to win the first set. After swapping the next sets, UCSB eventually
won the match in five sets. Matt Marsh and Dylan Davis lead the team with 13 kills
apiece. The Gauchos took their momentum on the road to come up with a win in the
first set against BYU. However, the Cougars would not let up and took the second, third,
and fifth sets to win the match. Nonetheless, UCSB put forth an outstanding effort. Miles
Evans lead the offense as he smashed 21 kills, which was the most for either team. Setter
Jonah Seif continued his jaw-dropping level of play and ended the night with 6 blocks and
a season high 55 assists.

• Double Digits for Davis
Senior middle blocker Dylan Davis has been a major force on both offense and defense
this year. In his last three matches, Davis recorded double digit kills with 14, 13, and 10
against UCSD, Cal Baptist and BYU, respectively. Davis has had seven games with a hitting
percentage above .500% and a season total of 86 kills. Additionally, the senior has secured
63 blocks this season, ranking him fourth in the conference leaderboards for blocks.

• Seif Continues to Top his Personal Bests
Freshman Jonah Seif had yet another season high performance with 55 assists at BYU.
Overall, the setter has accumulated 437 assists this season, averaging 10.66 per set. Currently,
Seif sits in the number three spot for highest average in the MPSF. This marks his
fourth time of tallying at least 50 assists in a game. Even more, Seif started attacking
directly in the last two games versus Cal Baptist and BYU. In each match, Seif recorded 3
kills. In the match against the Cougars, Seif lead the team in blocks with 6. Seif 's spectacular
level of play is extending all over the court and in all facets of the game.

• Big Night for Evans
Even with the tough loss at BYU, Miles Evans recorded big numbers for
the Gauchos. Evans ended the night with a season-high 21 kills, matching
his career-high as well. In addition, he had a season high 4 blocks and
matched his season-high of 6 digs. All around, Evans had a dominating
performance.

• UCSB Looking Strong on All Fronts
The Gauchos have a put some impressive numbers on all levels of play
this season. On offense the Gauchos continue to outkill their opponents
647 to 635. Similarly, on defense, UCSB has outblocked its opposition
120 to 118 total blocks. Throughout the season, the Gauchos have picked
up 41 serving aces and 472 digs. Undoubtedly, it has not been an easy
road for the Gauchos thus far. However, they continue to dig deep and
persevere through it all. The Gauchos are determined contenders and
look to extend their high intesity level of play as the season continues.

• A Week of Rematches
UCSB will travel to UC Irvine and then UC San Diego for back-to-back
matches this week. The Gauchos have already seen both teams this season.
Last time the Gauchos faced the Anteaters, UC Irvine squeaked by
in each set with a two point margin. The Gauchos were ultimately hurt
by Irvine's Kevin Tillie, who led the game with 18 kills. After the rematch
against the Anteaters, UCSB will travel to San Diego in hopes of repeating
the last meeting. The Gauchos came out dominant in a four set win
against the Tritions.

• Gauchos Win First 5 Set Match of the Season
Last Tuesday against Cal Baptist marked the first success for the Gauchos
in a five set game. Previously, UCSB had suffered close losses in their last
three five set games. In the decisive set against the Lancers, Cal Baptist
took the early advantage. Yet the Gauchos would not let up and came
back to the set 6 all. From there, UCSB gained the lead and rode it all the
way to a 15-11 victory.