Feb. 9, 2008
STOCKTON, Calif. - For the third time this season the 13th-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team defeated Pacific with a 3-1 victory Saturday in MPSF play at the Alex G. Spanos Center. UCSB senior middle blocker Theo Brunner had 18 kills, putting him over 1,000 for his career.
UCSB (5-7, 4-5 MPSF) dropped the first set 30-28, but won the next three by scores of 30-26, 31-29, and 30-22. Un-ranked Pacific fell to 1-11 overall and 1-8 in league matches.
The Gauchos used a well-balanced attack throughout all four games and finished with a .368 (66-16-136) team attack percentage. In the second frame, Santa Barbara posted a .469 (18-3-32) clip. Overall, Pacific hit .294 (72-27-153).
Game three was the set of the match with 10 tie scores and seven lead changes. With the Tigers up 29-28, UCSB took a timeout and returned to reel off three straight points on two Pacific errors - one from the service line and one on the attack - and a game-ending kill by senior outside Mike Fisher.
Brunner hit .533 (18-2-30) and matched a career high with eight blocks. His 18 kills gave him 1,004 for his career, making him just the ninth Gaucho in school history to surpass the mark.
Brunner didn't provide the only highlights for the Gauchos. Freshman opposite Jeff Menzel matched him with 18 kills and Fisher posted a season high 11 kills. Junior outside Mike Runkle had a career high 11 digs to go along with 10 kills. Junior Max Klineman and freshman Vince DeVany split setting duties and had 36 and 23 assists, respectively.
Pacific's Pekka Seppanen set a new career high with 33 kills. Clay Ostrander followed with 12. Setter Tyler D'Egidio had 61 assists and Mark Bauhs had 11 digs.
Santa Barbara held an 8-3 advantage in service aces and out-blocked Pacific 8.5 to 5.
UCSB is 3-0 against Pacific this season with a 3-0 win on Jan. 26 in an MPSF match and a 3-1 victory on Jan. 5 in tournament play. Both matches were in Santa Barbara.
The Gauchos will take a break from league action to host UC Santa Cruz Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The annual alumni match will take place Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.
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