Jan. 26, 2007
Long Beach, Calif. - A torrid .430 attack percentage led the No. 4 UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over No. 8 Long Beach State Friday in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action at Walter Pyramid. The Gaucho victory snapped a three-match losing streak against the 49ers.
Score of the match were 31-29, 30-16, and 30-25.
UCSB, which entered the match in third place in the MPSF, improved its overall record to 6-2 and its league mark to 4-1. LBSU, coming off a 3-0 loss to No. 10 Cal State Northridge Wednesday, dropped to 4-4 and 2-3.
The Gauchos totaled 49 kills and 12 errors in 86 attacks to finish with the .430 hitting percentage, their second-best performance of the season. UCSB hit .344 in the opening game, then .542 in the second and .433 in the final game. It was the sixth time this year that the Gauchos have hit .400 or better in a match.
Not only did the Gauchos get it done with potent swings, they were also solid from the service line with 10 aces and at the net, finishing with a 9-3 edge in blocks.
Opposite hitter Evan Patak recorded his eighth-consecutive match with double-figure kills as he had a match-high 17 while hitting .448. Six of UCSB's 10 aces came from Patak, who also had four blocks and three digs. Middle blocker David Kennedy hit .667 with 11 kills and one error in 15 attacks. Outside hitter Bryan Berman amassed a match-high seven digs, middle blocker Theo Brunner finished with five blocks, and setter Bart Kowalski had 42 assists.
Long Beach State, which hit a respectable .304, got 12 kills and four digs from Paul Lotman, while Dustin Watten had six digs.
The 49ers took a 15-14 lead on a Lotman kill in game one. Following a timeout, the Gauchos went on a 5-2 run to give them a 19-17 lead. After playing from behind for the latter part of the frame, Long Beach State fought off two game points and tied it at 29-29 with a block. However, a Patak kill and Brunner block closed out the game for UCSB.
The Gauchos dropped in seven of their service aces in game two and jumped out to a 13-3 lead. The 49ers would get back within seven points, but the UCSB offense was too much to overcome.
Game three was all UCSB as well.
It was UCSB's first win over LBSU since February of 2005.
The Gauchos will stay on the road and play at unranked UC San Diego Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tritons have defeated the Gauchos just once, back in 2004.