Jan. 15, 2007
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball player Evan Patak has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Molten Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the MPSF.
Patak, a senior opposite hitter, played an instrumental part in No. 6 UCSB opening its MPSF season with a 2-0 record. The Gauchos won two matches on the road as they defeated No. 14 Pacific, 3-2, Friday and then topped Stanford, 3-0, Saturday.
In eight games, Patak totaled 55 kills, hit .438 (55-13-96), and posted nine service aces and seven blocks. In the comeback win against Pacific, Patak amassed a season-high 40 kills while adding six aces and 13 digs. In the three-game match against the Cardinal, Patak put down 15 kills.
Patak currently leads the MPSF in kills (6.88 KPG) and aces (1.12 APG).
UCSB hosts No. 3 UCLA Jan. 17 at Robertson Gymnasium (7 p.m.). UCLA, coming off two losses at second-ranked BYU, defeated the Gauchos, 3-0, back on Jan. 5 during the Elephant Bar Invitational in Santa Barbara.