Jonah Seif Named to AVCA All-America TeamUC Santa Barbara sophomore setter Jonah Seif was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team, it was annouPROVO, Utah – UC Santa Barbara sophomore setter Jonah Seif was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team, it was announced this morning.nced this morning.
No. 5 UCSB Eliminates UCLA in MPSF Quarters With Five-Set Comeback WinSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The fourth-seeded and fifth ranked UC Santa Barbara men’s volleyball team fought back from a 14-7 deficit in a win-or-go-home fourth set to ultimately score a five-game victory over fifth-seeded UCLA in the MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals in front of a season-high 2,000 fans at Rob Gym on Saturday night, setting up a second round matchup at top-seeded BYU, whom the Gauchos previously upset in the final week of the regular season.
UCSB Athletics to Distribute Student Tickets For Saturday's Men's Volleyball Playoff MatchThis Saturday's MPSF Tournament Quarterfinal match against UCLA – UC Santa Barbara's first posteason home match since 2007 – is expected to sell out, but students need not worry as UCSB Athletics will be distributing complimentary tickets to the first 200 students to show up to the Ticket Office at the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus this Thursday, Apr. 17.
Nielsen Earns MPSF Player of the Week HonorsJunior outside hitter Weston Nielsen was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after leading the fifth-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team to an undefeated final week of the regular season with wins over Cal Baptist and regular season conference-champs BYU.
UCSB Clinches Playoff Match at Home with Upset of BYUSANTA BARBARA, Calif.—Honoring the final match for seniors Evan Licht, Matt Hanley, Ryan Thompson, and Chad Kingi, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos upset No.3 BYU in dominant fashion (21-25, 25-15, 25-22, 28-26). The win—in combination with UC Irvine’s loss tonight to Stanford—sets the Gauchos up to host a playoff match in Santa Barbara next Saturday. This marks the first time since 2007 the Gauchos have hosted a playoff match.
Northridge Downs Gauchos in Four SetsNORTHRIDGE, Calif.— Following a decisive win against Long Beach, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos were unable to overcome Northridge, losing in four sets (25-18, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23). With the loss, UCSB falls to 15-8, 14-8 MPSF, but are still in contention to make—and host—a playoff match.
Career Night from Three Gauchos Powers Team Past Long Beach in Five SetsLONG BEACH, Calif.—The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos pushed passed a well-matched Long Beach State squad in five tight sets (16-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12). Led by career numbers offensively by Matt Hanley's 21 kills—setup by Jonah Seif's career assists (61)—and defensively by Chad Kingi's 24 digs, UCSB improves to 15-7, 14-7 MPSF. Seif also dominated at the net by setting a career-best in solo blocks (3).
Gauchos Unable to Complete Comeback Against BYU, Still In Contention for PlayoffsPROVO, Utah—Coming within two points of a win in the fifth set against a BYU squad that remains undefeated at home (25-17, 22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13), the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos slip to 14-7, 13-7 MPSF. Despite the loss, the Gauchos are still in contention for the post season with the possibility to host the first round match.
No. 5 Gauchos Pull Off Sweep at Cal BaptistJunior outside hitter Weston Nielsen and senior opposite Evan Licht had a dozen kills apiece Wednesday night in a three-game sweep on the road at Cal Baptist, reducing the team's magic number to clinch a playoff spot to three.
No. 4 Gauchos Stunned at Home Despite Record-Setting Individual PerformancesSANTA BARBARA, Calif.- The fourth-ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos were stunned at home by fifth-ranked Pepperdine (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 12-15) in front of nearly 500 faithful, but not without first having four players reach career, and even all-program, numbers. The Gauchos fall to 13-6, 12-6 MPSF while the Waves improve to 12-5, 12-5 MPSF.
Solid Performance from Hanley Leads Gauchos Sweep of UC San DiegoSAN DIEGO, Calif.- Senior outside hitter Matt Hanley’s career best performance for kills (20), at a .731 clip, and service aces (3) drove UC Santa Barbara’s sweep of UC San Diego (25-20, 25-16, 25-18). The Gauchos improve to 10-5 overall, 9-5 MPSF as the season progresses into its second half.
UCSB Falls to UC Irvine in Four SetsIRVINE, Calif.- Following the sweep of Pacific, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos travelled south to face defending national champions UC Irvine. Previously defeated in five sets at home, the Gauchos were unable to overcome UCI on the road (25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 25-20). UCSB overall drops to 9-5 overall, 8-5 MPSF.
UCSB Displays Strong Rebound With Sweep of PacificSTOCKTON, Calif. - Following a hard loss against Stanford the previous night, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos rallied to dominate University of the Pacific in straight sets (25-15, 25-17, 25-23). This victory marks the first defeat of Pacific in straight sets since 2010 and the first win at Pacific since 2011. UCSB improves to 9-4 overall, 8-4 MPSF.
No. 5 Gauchos Fall on the Road to No. 9 Stanford in Straight SetsPALO ALTO, Calif.- In their first of four away matches, the No. 5 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (8-4, 7-4 MPSF) were defeated in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-17) against the No. 9 Stanford Cardinal (9-5, 6-5 MPSF). UCSB had previously defeated Stanford at home in five sets when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1 overall.
Gauchos Win Third Straight Match Over No. 6 Long Beach, Improve to Third in ConferenceSANTA BARBARA, Calif.- The No. 7 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos won their third straight game, defeating equally matched No. 6 Long Beach State in four tightly contested sets (30-28, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20). With the win, and Pepperdine’s concurrent loss at UC Irvine, the Gauchos now move into third place in the MPSF conference standings with a record of 8-3 overall, 7-3 in conference.
Seif Named MPSF Conference Player of the WeekSophomore setter Jonah Seif was named the MPSF/Molten Player of the Week after leading the team in a pair of impressive performances – including his second career double-double – against top-five teams last week, the conference announced today.
UCSB Bounces Back With Win Over No. 3 PepperdineAfter a disappointing loss to USC earlier this week, eighth-ranked UC Santa Barbara rebounded in a big way by downing No. 3 Pepperdine in five sets on Saturday night at the Firestone Fieldhouse.
Gauchos End Two-Match Losing Streak With Solid Win Over Hawai’iSANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The No. 9 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos defeated the No. 11 Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors in a strong, yet close, performance (25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23). The Gauchos improve to 4-2 overall, 3-2 MPSF and snap their two-match losing streak after being swept at UCLA and dropping a heartbreaker in five sets to UC Irvine.