UC 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.
Fourth-seeded UC Santa Barbara hit just .086 as a team and was outblocked 17.5-3.0 by top-seeded BYU on Thursday night as the Cougars swept the Gauchos in the MPSF Tournament Semifinal at the Smith Fieldhouse to advance to Saturday night's championship match.
SANTA 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.
Sophomore setter Jonah Seif was named to the All-MPSF First Team while four other Gauchos earned All-Conference recognition as well, the league announced on Thursday afternoon. UC Santa Barbara's five All-Conference honorees are the most in program history.
This 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.
Junior 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.
SANTA 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.
The fifth-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team recorded a season-best .557 team hitting percentage to sweep unranked Cal Baptist on Wednesday night at Rob Gym and clinch a spot in the MPSF Tournament for the second consecutive season.
NORTHRIDGE, 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.
LONG 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).
PROVO, 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.
Junior 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.
SANTA 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.
No. 4 UC Santa Barbara shook off a two-set deficit and staged one of the most thrilling comebacks of the season on Wednesday night, toppling ninth-ranked USC in five games and improving the team's record-mark at home to 10-1.
After suffering a deflating loss at Pauley Pavillion in January that halted a season-opening five match winning streak, UC Santa Barbara got its revenge on Wednesday night, recording a historic sweep over the visiting UCLA Bruins at Rob Gym.
SAN 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.
IRVINE, 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.
STOCKTON, 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.
PALO 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.