12 Armen Zakarian
Height: 6-2
Weight: 165
Year: Senior
Hometown: Kensington, Calif.
High School: El Cerrito HS
Position: Outside Hitter
In his first year at UCSB, played in 28 of 29 matches (83 games) and served as the Gauchos' primary libero...Was second on the team with 142 digs...Posted a .957 reception percentage with 24 errors in 562 attempts...Led UCSB in digs per game with a 1.71 average...Recorded a season-best 13 scoops against USC (4/5), which was the second-highest total for any Gaucho in 2006...Also had double-digit dig totals vs. UC Irvine (2/11) with 10 and against Cal Baptist (2/24) with 12.

Santa Barbara City College
Twice named First Team All-Western States Conference at Santa Barbara City College...Led the Vaqueros to two consecutive WSC Championships...Named Santa Barbara City College Male Athlete of the Year in 2005.

High School
A 2002 graduate of El Cerrito High School...A three-time first team all-league selection in the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League...Led the Gauchos to a trio of league championships...Served as ECHS's team captain twice...Also played basketball for two years at El Cerrito...A member of the chess club.

Armen Aleksonis Zakarian was born October 28, 1984 in Vallejo, California...Is a communication major at UCSB with an athletic coaching minor...Interested in becoming a physical education teacher and a volleyball coach...Can't do without his iPod...Most memorable sporting moment is playing in the Armenian Olympics in Athens, Greece in 2004...His favorite sports teams are the Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics...Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan...Topping his list of best movies is "Borat"...Enjoys "South Park" on the small screen...Has an older sister, Ani...Son of Jack Zakarian and Armenouhi Banklian.