Jan. 18, 2011
The Gauchos fell for the second match in a row on Tuesday night, losing to No. 8 Long Beach State, 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-22). The loss brings UCSB to an even .500 record at 3-3 with a 1-2 record in MPSF play.
Over the Martin Luther King holiday, the Gauchos saw themselves jump in the national rankings from No. 10 to No. 5 following a second place finish in the Gaucho Collegiate Invitational. However, the Gauchos were not able to regain the momentum lost after dropping three straight sets in their last match against UC Irvine. UCSB has yet to play a MPSF match thus far reaching the fourth set.
Tonight's match brought even more frustration, as UCSB only held a lead in a set once in the entire match. That lead lasted only four points, as LBSU steamrolled the Gauchos behind a match-high 13 kills from Jim Baughman and impressive team totals of six service aces and 8.5 blocks.
UCSB had no players with double digit kills, as senior outside hitter Jeff Menzel and senior opposite Cullen Irons were held to 9 kills apiece, which ties a season low for Menzel. Irons was able to equal LBSU middle blocker Antwain Aguillard's match-high 5 blocks. The Gauchos recorded no aces, and only 5 team blocks.
This match was the first of the season in which no UCSB player recorded ten or more kills. It was also the first time UCSB was unable to record a service ace. The Gauchos have now hit .169 and .158 in their past two games, their two lowest totals of the season.
The Gauchos conclude their four game road swing this Friday at Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos beat the Matadors in three sets to open the Gaucho Collegiate Invitational. After playing at CSUN, the Gauchos return home to host USC (Jan. 26) and Pepperdine (Jan. 28).
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