12 - Cullen Irons
Cullen Irons
Birth Date: 04/09/1988
Height: 6-8
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
Hometown: Hanford, Calif.
High School: Hanford
Position: Opposite/Outside Hitter

UC SANTA BARBARA
2009: Played in 24 of 27 matches and 77 total sets ... Started 15 matches at outside hitter and two at the opposite position ... Set single-match career highs in kills (32 vs. USC, 4/1), attack percentage (.562 vs. Northridge, 1/23), digs (14 vs. Stanford, 3/28), blocks (7 vs. Cal Baptist, 3/24), and assists (2 vs. USC, 4/1) ... Ranked 43rd in the country with a 3.27 kills per set average ... Connected on 252 of his 531 attack attempts.

2008: Saw action in 26 of 27 matches and a total of 75 sets ... Started two matches, the first vs. Pacific (1/5) and the second at Cal State Northridge (3/5) ... Had a perfect night at Long Beach State (3/1), putting down a career-high six kills with no errors in six attempts ... Also had a career-best five blocks in that match ... Dropped in five aces vs. Pacific (1/5) ... Fourth on the roster in total aces (12) ... Also totaled 20 digs and 10 blocks on the year.

2007: Redshirt.

CLUB
Played for Fresno Volleyball Club for three years before changing to Central Cal for the 2005-06 season ... Captained Central Cal and was named its MVP under head coach Rudy Barajas ... His SCVA team won a gold medal by defeating China at the 2005 Global Challenge in Salt Lake City.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2006 graduate of Hanford High School in Hanford, Calif. ... Played junior varsity as a freshman and varsity as a sophomore, earning team MVP honors both years ... Captained the Bullpups both seasons ... Coached by Amber Block ... Missed playing his junior and senior years due to shoulder injuries ... Competed in water polo (goalie) and track and field (high jumper) his senior year ... A member of ASB and the Asian Club and served as president of the Volleyball Club ... Between high school and club, he has played outside and opposite as well as middle blocker.

PERSONAL
Born Apr. 9, 1988 in Hanford, Calif. ... Parents are Jerry and Reneé ... Has an older sister, Corey, a younger sister, Schuyler, and two older brothers, Dru and Garth ... Majoring in geography and hopes to be a land developer and contractor ... A member of UCSB's Student-Athlete Advisory Board ... A Boston Celtics and Larry Bird fan ... Favorite flick is The Big Lebowski and his top actors are Danny Glover and Christopher Walken ... Sushi and Thai are on his menu ... Listens to the music of Andrew W.K. ... Lists his bicycle as his most cherished possession ... Also recruited by Long Beach State, UC Irvine, UCLA and UC San Diego ... Favorite hobbies include smiling and laughing.

Career-Highs
Kills 32 vs. USC 4/1/09
Attack % .562 vs. USC 4/1/09
Assists 2 at USC 2/26/09
Aces 5 vs. Pacific 1/5/08
Digs 14 at Stanford 3/28/09
Blocks 7 vs. Cal Baptist 3/24/09
Points 35.0 vs. USC 4/1/09
Career Statistics
Season SP MP MS K E TA Pct. Ast. SA Digs BS BA TB Points
2008 75 26 2 13 1 22 .545 2 12 20 1 9 10 30.5
2009 77 24 17 252 91 531 .303 7 5 109 1 48 49 282.0
2010 89 26 22 291 136 708 .219 4 12 116 7 41 48 330.5
Totals 241 76 41 556 228 1261 .356 13 29 245 9 98 107 643.0