Irons' 17 Kills Not Enough, Gauchos Fall in Four at Stanford

March 28, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. - Cullen Irons had a team-high 17 kills and added a career-high 14 digs and three blocks, but No. 12 UCSB fell, 3-1, to No. 7 Stanford Saturday in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) men's volleyball action at Maples Pavilion. Scores were 30-24, 30-19, 23-30, and 30-24 in favor of the Cardinal.

The Gauchos dropped to 10-14 overall, 4-13 in MPSF play. With their fourth consecutive victory over UCSB, Stanford improved to 16-8 overall, 9-6 in league.

Normally consistent outside hitter Jeff Menzel had an off night for UCSB, connecting on only 14 of his 39 total attacks while compiling 11 errors. Jake Rosener and Scott Slaughter added 11 kills apiece. Vince DeVany and Andy McGuire split time at the setter position, contributing 34 and 26 assists, respectively.

Garrett Werner led the Cardinal attack, hitting .647, connecting on 11 of his 17 total attacks. Evan Romero had a team-high 19 kills, racking up a .359 hitting percentage on the eveining. Kawika Shoji tallied a match-high 57 assists and five digs and two blocks. Erik Shoji had a match- high 21 digs.

Stanford came out firing in the first two sets, racking up a .434 team hitting percentage to UCSB's .185 clip.

Down 2-0, the Gauchos rallied to win the third set. Tied at 14-14, UCSB went on to win the next three points on a kill by Irons and two Cardinal attack errors. They never looked back, leading by as much as seven before prevailing, 30-24. Menzel had seven kills, while Irons added four of his own. Devany had 18 assists. The Gauchos out-hit Stanford in the set, .282 (19-8-39) to .147 (13-8-34).

Santa Barbara will host No. 4 USC on Wednesday, Apr. 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online through Ticket Return, by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (805) 893-UCSB, or by visiting the ticket office inside the Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) building on campus.

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.

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