April 1, 2011
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Coming off a playoff clinching win against UC San Diego on Thursday night, Gaucho morale was high entering Friday night's match against MPSF foe UC Irvine. However, the Gauchos ended up on the short end of the match, falling to the Anteaters by a score of 3-1 (27-29, 25-18, 25-19, 25-14). This was all despite a career night from senior outside hitter Jeff Menzel, who recorded a season-high 24 kills on the night, and a dramatic first-set win that ended up being the high point for the Gauchos, who would go on to drop three straight games. The loss dropped UCSB to a 13-11 record, 10-8 in the MPSF. With the win, UC Irvine leapfrogs the Gauchos for fifth place in the conference with an 11-8 conference record, 15-11 overall.
The first game of the match was about as equal as two teams can play each other: there were 24 ties and 10 lead changes in the game. It seemed like every glance at the scoreboard revealed a tie game. UC Irvine led as late as 27-26, but a Jeff Menzel service ace and an emphatic, game-clinching kill from Cullen Irons highlighted a three point, "from behind" rally by the Gauchos. Menzel had an especially impressive set, recording nine of his eventual 24 kills in the game. Sophomore middle blocker Dylan Davis chipped in four blocks for the game.
It was all downhill from there for the Gauchos, as the Anteaters dominated the second game. UC Irvine held the lead at all points of the frame. The UC Irvine offense was epitomized by a pair of aces from Carson Clark, who chipped in four of his 19 kills in the second set.
The third set saw more of the same for the Gauchos, as UCSB managed to hit just .167 as a team for the frame. In contrast, the Anteaters hit a sky-high .435 for the set and .390 for the match. Menzel and senior libero Andy McGuire provided much needed effort for the Gauchos: Menzel reached his season high for kills in the game when his sixth kill of the game gave him 19 kills, eclipsing his old season-high of 18, while McGuire came through with five of his match-high 14 digs in the game. Senior opposite Cullen Irons recorded four kills for the third consecutive set, he finished with 13.
The clinching fourth set saw the Gauchos muster only 14 points for the game. Menzel was still able to rack up five more kills, finishing the night with 24. Menzel also finished with eight digs, just one of his season-high of nine. The Gauchos' team hitting percentage dropped each game from the first set onward- a respectable first game clip of .345 became just .143 in the fourth set.
Next week, the Gauchos play host to MPSF rivals from the north- Pacific and Stanford. The match against Stanford on Friday night will be the last regular season home match for much of the Gauchos' squad.
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April 29, 2011 Menzel, McGuire Named to AVCA All-American Team
April 29, 2011 No. 5 UCSB Reaches MPSF Championship Match, Take on USC
April 27, 2011 No. 5 UCSB Heads to Conference Final Four, Take on LBSU
April 22, 2011 No. 7 UCSB Heads to No. 2 BYU to Kick Off MPSF Tournament
April 21, 2011 Four Gauchos Earn All-MPSF Honors
April 16, 2011 UCSB Ends Regular Season With Loss Against No. 1 USC
April 14, 2011 Gauchos Upset by Pepperdine
April 8, 2011 Gauchos Stun No. 3 Stanford on Senior Night
April 7, 2011 No. 15 Pacific Upsets No. 6 Gauchos, 3-2
March 31, 2011 Gauchos Clinch Playoff Spot With Win Over Tritons
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March 13, 2011 Gauchos Roll Over Lewis to Finish Up Active Ankle Tournament
March 11, 2011 UCSB Drops First Game of Long Beach Tournament to Penn State
March 4, 2011 Gauchos, Menzel Dominate CSUN
March 2, 2011 Gauchos Fall to Long Beach State
March 2, 2011 Men's Volleyball vs. LBSU Moved to Rec Cen
March 2, 2011 No. 4 Gauchos Return Home to Host Long Beach State, CSUN
February 27, 2011 UCSB Falls in Heartbreaker to Stanford
February 25, 2011 Gauchos Drop Pacific in Four
February 24, 2011 Gauchos Rise to Third in Rankings, Head North
February 18, 2011 UCSB Earns Split in BYU Series
February 17, 2011 Gauchos Fall to BYU in Four
February 16, 2011 Men's Volleyball Moves to T-Dome For This Weeks Matches
February 16, 2011 Gauchos Set for No. 2 BYU
February 11, 2011 Gauchos Top Bruins
February 9, 2011 Gauchos Top Bruins Behind Menzel's 17 Kills
February 8, 2011 Gauchos Prepare for Bruins
February 5, 2011 Gauchos Earn Split in Hawai'i Series
February 4, 2011 Gauchos Fall to Hawai'i
February 1, 2011 Gauchos Cross the Pacific, Battle Hawai'i
January 28, 2011 Gauchos Roll Over Waves, 3-0
January 28, 2011 Gauchos Look to Break Cold Streak Against Waves
January 26, 2011 No. 1 USC Pulls Away From No. 6 UCSB
January 25, 2011 No. 6 Gauchos Battle Top-Ranked USC on Wednesday at Robertson Gym
January 21, 2011 No. 5 Gauchos Blast Cal State Northridge, 3-0
January 19, 2011 Gauchos Continue Road Swing
January 18, 2011 Volleyball Drops Match At Long Beach State
January 15, 2011 UCSB Falls to UC Irvine in Straight Sets
January 14, 2011 Gauchos Sweep Tritons
January 13, 2011 Gauchos Kick Off 2011 Season
January 8, 2011 Gauchos Drop Final of Gaucho Collegiate Invitational
January 7, 2011 Gauchos Sweep Day One, Advance to Finals
January 5, 2011 UCSB Set to Host Gaucho Collegiate Invitational
January 4, 2011 Gauchos Win Tune-Up Match
January 3, 2011 Gauchos Ready to Roll
November 30, 2010 Gauchos Roll in Final Fall Tournament
August 20, 2010 U.S. Juniors Will Play for NORCECA Gold Saturday
August 18, 2010 U.S. Juniors Win Pool After Sweeping Mexico
August 17, 2010 U.S. Junior National Team Goes to 2-0 After Sweeping Martinique