Jan. 27, 2006
Junior opposite Evan Patak and sophomore middle blocker Theo Brunner had 12 kills apiece to give No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (3-5 overall, 2-3 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) a 3-0 sweep (30-25, 30-27, 30-27) over No. 14 Pacific (2-6, 1-4 MPSF) Friday night at the Thunderdome.
Freshman setter Max Klineman made things easy for Patak and Brunner as half of his sets resulted in kills. Klineman miss-hit just once on the night at the set and even recorded one of the Gauchos' four block solos.
UCSB jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the match with a late run in the first game. Tied at 25, UCSB recorded five straight points, including a kill by Patak and junior outside hitter Bryan Berman.
In the second game, Santa Barbara trailed just once at 1-2 and led by as many as seven points. Pacific fought back to cut the Gaucho lead to 27-24, but an attack error by Pekka Seppanen interrupted a three-point Pacific run. With the score at 29-27, Brunner put the game away with a kill off a Klineman set.
Up 2-0, the Gauchos cruised in the third set, trailing just once again at 1-2. Pacific knotted the score at 9-9, but the Gauchos reeled off three in a row thanks to kills by Patak and Brunner and UCSB would never look back, winning the game 30-27.
Pacific was led by matt Cornell who recorded 13 kills in three games, but his .226 hitting average was emblematic of the rest of the Tiger team. Pacific hit .245 to the Gauchos' .329 clip.
UCSB will next take to the court tomorrow for an 8:00 p.m. start versus Stanford. Please make note of the change from the originally-slated 7:05 start time.