No. 11 Gauchos Beat No. 12 USC in Four Games

No. 11 Gauchos Beat No. 12 USC in Four Games

Feb. 18, 2006

Final Stats

Los Angeles, Calif. - Evan Patak had 25 kills, 6 blocks and 3 aces to help the No. 11 UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team beat No. 12 USC, 30-27, 26-30, 30-28, 30-25, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday in USC's Lyon Center.

The Gauchos improved to 8-8 overall and 6-6 in the MPSF, while the Trojans dropped its fourth straight match to fall to 7-8 overall and 4-6 in the MPSF.

Theo Brunner added 14 kills while hitting .500 for the Gauchos, while Aaron Richman had 11 kills and nine digs and Bryan Berman had 10 kills (hitting .529) and seven digs.

For USC, Juan Figueroa had a match-best 26 kills while hitting .455, Andrew Vernon added 12 kills and 5 blocks, C.J. Schellenberg had 11 kills, Joao Grangerio had 10 kills, 7 digs, 5 blocks and 3 aces and Luke Morris had a match-high 11 digs.

Statistically, the teams were nearly even. UCSB hit .397 with 10.5 blocks, 33 digs and 4 aces, while USC hit .359 with 11.5 blocks, 31 digs and 4 aces.

UCSB took an early 8-5 lead in the first game and never surrendered it, although USC closed to within a point as late as 27-26. The tables turned in the second game as Troy jumped out to an 8-3 lead and the Gauchos couldn't catch up. The third game was tight throughout before a Trojan hitting error and then a solo block by Michael Fisher gave UCSB a cushion at 29-27. Game four was tied at 12-12 before UCSB steadily pulled away.

The Gauchos return to action this Friday when they host Cal Baptist at 7:05 at Robertson Gym.