Santa Barbara, Calif. – UCSB maintained its spotless record against Harvard by sweeping the Crimson in three straight sets. This is the fourth straight win for the Gauchos and they are undefeated since they returned home last week.
Game scores for the night went 25-16, 25-15, 25-22. The win boosts the Gauchos to a 11-12 overall, 8-10 MPSF record. Harvard falls to a 12-5 overall record.
The Gauchos moved to the Thunderdome for the home game and came out on fire. UCSB rocketed off to a 10-3 start and kept the intensity throughout the set. Evan Licht slammed a kill to end the first set by a nine-point margin. Licht had a powerful first set with seven kills and three blocks.
For the Gauchos, Licht led the offense with nine kills. Miles Evans had a big night, picking up seven kills. Both Jonah Seif and Chad Kingi scooped up ten digs apiece. Jake Staahl, Davis, and Licht each ended the match with four blocks.
Recently, Harvard overtook Pen State, one of the top teams in the country, showing that they are force to be reckoned with. The Gauchos knew that they had to be prepared to take on the Crimson. Head coach Rick McLaughlin commented, "I thought are guys did a real good job at being ready and being focused." UCSB established that it was ready for Harvard early on in the night.
UCSB has a week off before they take on Concordia at home. The game on March 26 will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. The Gauchos have built up an incredible momentum that will hopefully sustain the week break.