Jan. 26, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball squad got over the hump Saturday and picked up its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) victory with a three-game sweep over Pacific at Robertson Gymnasium. Scores were 30-26, 30-21, and 30-22.
The win upped UCSB's overall record to 2-6 and the Gauchos are now 1-4 in the MPSF. Pacific continued to struggle and fell to 0-8 overall and 0-6 in conference match-ups.
UCSB was solid on the attack, posting a .346 hitting percentage to Pacific's .061. The Gaucho middles played a strong match, out-blocking the Tigers 11.5 to 5.0.
For the first time this season, freshman Jeff Menzel did not lead the Gauchos in kills. That honor went to senior middle blocker Theo Brunner, who finished with a match-high 12 kills while hittng .478 (12-1-23). Menzel wasn't far behind as he posted 11 kills and added five blocks, a match co-high along with Sam Moisenco. Moisenco also had six kills and no errors in 11 swings for a .545 attack percentage. Mike Fisher led all players with 10 digs.
For Pacific, Pekka Seppanen led with 10 kills, but he hit just .182 (10-6-22). Jason Borchin had nine kills and nine errors, while Blake Gentry and Jeff Hendershot each put down six kills. Seppanen had a team-best nine digs.
It was the second time this season that the Gauchos topped the Tigers as they took a 3-1 victory during UCSB's annual Elephant Bar Restaurant Collegiate Invitational in early January. The two teams will meet in another MPSF tilt on Feb. 9 in Stockton.
In the midst of a five-match home stand, UCSB will host Hawaii Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at Rob Gym. Both matches start at 7 p.m.
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