March 24, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Jeff Menzel had 24 kills and Cullen Irons added a career-high 21 put-downs as No. 12 UC Santa Barbara picked up a 3-2 win over Cal Baptist, the NAIA's top-ranked team, Tuesday in non-conference volleyball action at Robertson Gymnasium. Scores were 20-30, 30-27, 26-30, 30-27, and 15-13 in favor of the Gauchos, who snapped the 13-match win streak that the Lancers were riding.
From the outside, Irons hit a solid .429 and had four digs and a career-best seven blocks. He also set a new career mark with 24.5 points. Jake Rosener hit .344 with 17 kills, while the middle blocker tandem of Scott Slaughter (nine) and Matt Thobe (eight) combined for 17 kills. For Thobe, his eight kills, three digs, and 11.0 points were all career-highs. Andy McGuire, the Gauchos' primary libero, started at setter and racked up 69 assists.
Cal Baptist had three players in double figures for kills. Adiel Tiedjop led all players with 25 and was followed by Levi Cabral (21) and Mike MacNeill (11). The Lancers out-blocked the Gauchos 15 to 8.5 as Garet Kreutziger, Marcus Vinicius, and Tiedjop each had five blocks.
Cal Baptist out-hit UCSB .425 to .355 and posted attack percentages over .500 in each of the first two sets.
UCSB improved to 7-13 with the win, while Cal Baptist dropped to 22-6 overall.
The Gauchos return to MPSF action on the road this week as they play at Pacific Friday and at No. 7 Stanford Saturday.
In its ongoing effort to draw awareness to breast cancer and to promote its research, UCSB Athletics is sponsoring Pink Week Mar. 23-29. The softball, women's tennis, and women's water polo teams will feature promotions and other Pink Week activities at several of their games. Pink Week is part of UCSB Athletics' BE Great initiative.
**UCSB - a nationally recognized university in both academic and athletic excellence - is located on the central coast of California in a picturesque campus and community setting on the Pacific Ocean. Each year over 450 NCAA Division I Gaucho student-athletes compete for national championships, succeed in the classroom, and give back to the community.**
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