No. 10 UCSB Hosts No. 9 BYU for a Pair This Friday and Saturday

No. 10 UCSB Hosts No. 9 BYU for a Pair This Friday and Saturday

Jan. 27, 2009

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The Schedule
Friday, Jan. 30 - 7 p.m.
* #10 UCSB vs. #9 BYU
* Robertson Gymnasium
* Santa Barbara, Calif.
* Gametracker

Saturday, Jan. 31 - 7 p.m.
* #10 UCSB vs. #9 BYU
* Robertson Gymnasium
* Santa Barbara, Calif.
* Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM
* Game broadcast online at
* Gametracker

Against BYU
* Last Meeting: 3/29/08 at BYU
* Result: BYU 3, UCSB 0 (30-20, 30-28, 30-28)
* 2009 Series: Have not met
* 2008 Series: BYU led 2-0
* All-Time Series Record: BYU leads 24-15
* Last UCSB Win: 4/23/05 at BYU (MPSF tourney)
* Result: UCSB 3, BYU 2 (30-25, 30-21, 29-31, 23-30, 15-13)
* Current Streak: BYU six wins

Order Tickets Online
This season, fans have the option of purchasing men's volleyball tickets online through Ticket Return. Additionally, tickets are available by calling the Ticket Office at 805.893.UCSB or by visiting the Ticket Office, located in the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus. Individual match prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (55 and above), and $3 for youths (ages 4 to 13).

Can't Make it to the Court?
KCSB 91.9 FM, UC Santa Barbara's student station, will once again provide live coverage of select men's volleyball matches on 91.9 FM and online at Here's the season schedule:

Jan. 31 vs. BYU - 91.9 FM and online at
Feb. 6 vs. UC San Diego - online only at
Feb. 20 vs. Pacific - 91.9 FM and online at
Mar. 11 vs. George Mason - 91.9 FM and online at
Apr. 1 vs. USC - 91.9 FM and online at

Can't Make it to the Court? - Part II
UCSB men's volleyball matches can be followed live online with Gametracker. All home matches and select road contests will be included. Just log on to, go to the men's volleyball schedule, and click on the Gametracker link for the match you're interested in. You can follow each point and even view player bios. Gametracker is free of charge and works on PCs and Macs. You just need to have Flash and Java installed and enabled.

Santa Barbara News Press Kids to College Matches
Two matches this season have been designated Santa Barbara News Press Kids to College nights - Friday, Mar. 13 vs. UCLA and Saturday, Apr. 4 vs. Pepperdine. All youth 13 and under will be admitted to these matches free! The program is designed to give local youth the opportunity to experience the thrill of top-notch collegiate athletics events in person. For more information, please call 805.893.UCSB or visit

Gauchos Blanked at No. 2 Cal State Northridge
A match-high 13 kills from Jeff Menzel wasn't enough as 10th-ranked UCSB was swept by No. 2 Cal State Northridge Jan. 23 at the Matadome. Scores went 30-21, 30-25, and 30-27. Menzel has led UCSB in kills in all six matches this season. Cullen Irons posted a career-best 10 kills and hit .562 with just one error in 16 sets. Libero Andy McGuire had a match-high nine digs. For the Matadors, Eric Vance and Tanner Nua combined for 25 kills as Nua matched Menzel with 13. Vance and Jacek Ratajczak each had six blocks as the Matadors out-blocked the Gauchos 12.0 to 5.5. Northridge had a stellar offensive night, hitting .416 (50-13-89) to UCSB's .235 (40-20-85).

Cougar Corner
BYU, ranked ninth this week, enters with a 4-3 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the MPSF. The Cougars have won their last three matches, including a pair over MPSF opponent Hawai'i (3-1, 3-0) in Provo. BYU went 1-2 to finish eighth of nine teams at UCSB's Elephant Bar tourney in early January. BYU has not played on the road yet with a 3-1 home record and a 1-2 record at neutral sites. The Cougars are dangerous from the service line as they lead the MPSF (2.14 saps) in league matches. Yamil Perez is averaging 0.71 aces per set in MPSF matches, also tops in the league.

Mountain of Youth
This year's Gaucho squad consists of just two seniors - outside hitter Mike Runkle and middle blocker Matt Thobe. There are two juniors, six sophomores, and five freshmen. The regular starting lineup features five sophomores (Valbuena, OH; Menzel, OH; Slaughter, MB; Devany, S; McGuire, LIB) and a pair of juniors (Moisenco, MB; Rosener, OPP).

Valbuena Getting Bueno
Sophomore outside Trey Valbuena has missed the last three matches with a left ankle sprain but is likely to play this week against BYU. Valbuena started the first three matches of the season and posted most of his career-highs against Pacific on Jan. 9.

Local Boy Continues to Make Good
Santa Barbara native Jeff Menzel has picked up right where he left off last season - leading the Gauchos offensively. He has posted team-high kill totals in all six matches, including a career-best 27 against Northridge. Menzel has also taken more swings than any other Gaucho in all six contests. In fact, he has amassed 260 attack attempts. Second on the list is Jake Rosener with 143, which is 117 less than Menzel. As a team, UCSB has 662 attacks, 40% of those coming by way of Menzel's arm. Last season, Menzel averaged 4.74 kills per set and 10.44 attempts per set - this season, he's at 5.90 and 12.38. His 5.90 kills per set and 6.64 points per set rank second in the league. He's currently hitting .242, up from .220 in 2008, and has 574 career kills over 33 matches.

Days of Wine and Roseners
Junior Jake Rosener, who had played in 30 career matches prior to this season, has started all six this year at opposite. He's second on the team in kills (56), attempts (143), and aces (7), and is third in digs (20) and points (69.5). Rosener has re-set almost all of his career-highs this season, including kills (16 vs. Pacific).

Set Me Up
Sophomore setter Vince DeVany has started all six matches and played in all 21 sets to date. He's averaging 12.81 assists per set, good for fifth in the MPSF. Devany opened the season with 58 assists vs. Pacific, just two short of his career-high. He also has 12 total blocks, fourth on the team.

Up the Middle
UCSB has gotten some solid play from its two starting middle blockers - Sam Moisenco and Scott Slaughter. Slaughter currently leads the MPSF with an attack percentage of .518. He's second on the team in blocks (21) and points (70.0). Slaughter has posted two major career-highs this season, 13 kills vs. UC Ivine (1/14) and eight blocks vs. Pacific (1/9). Moisenco leads the Gauchos with 28 total blocks while his average of 1.33 bps ranks seventh in the league.

McGuire Gets Full-Time Job
Andy McGuire, who platooned with Ben Brockman at libero last season, has the job all to himself this year. Through 21 sets, he's averaging 2.29 digs with a total of 48, which leads the team. In fact, he's posted team-highs in digs in all six matches. Twice he's recorded nine scoops this season while his career-high is 20, set in 2008 vs. Hawai'i.

Nielsen Ratings
Redshirt freshman Blaine Nielsen got his first career start on Jan. 14 vs. UC Irvine, filling in for the injured Trey Valbuena on the outside. Two nights later at UCLA, Nielsen came off the bench to produce career-highs in kills (7), attack percentage (.667), and points (8.5).

Five Not Alive
UCSB has yet to play a five-set match this season. The Gauchos are 1-2 in three-setters and 1-2 in four-setters. In 2008, three matches went five sets, including one against BYU. In 2007, six of UCSB's contests took the long road.

McLaughlin Wins First Career Match
Rick McLaughlin picked up his first career UCSB win in his first career UCSB match as the Gauchos topped Pacific 3-1 in opening round play of the 45th Annual Elephant Bar Restaurant Collegiate Invitational. McLaughlin is just the second head coach of the Gauchos since 1979. He replaced Ken Preston, who retired in 2008 following 30 seasons as the top man on the Santa Barbara bench.

No. 14 UCSB Upsets No. 4 Long Beach State to Place Third in E-Bar
Backed by a match-high 18 kills from Jeff Menzel, UCSB upset Long Beach State 3-0 to claim third place in its own E-Bar tourney. The Gauchos hit .323 while the 49ers swung at a .191 clip for the match. Menzel hit .308 with the 18 kills and just six errors in 39 sets. He also added six digs and two aces and totaled 21.5 points. Jake Rosener and Scott Slaughter each posted 10 kills. Slaughter had no errors in 16 swings (.625) while adding five blocks. Long Beach State was led by Tommy Pestolesi with 11 kills. UCSB went 2-1 in the tourney with wins over Pacific and Long Beach and a loss against Cal State Northridge.

Menzel, Slaughter Named to All-Tournament Team
UCSB's Jeff Menzel and Scott Slaughter were both named to the all-tourney team at the Elephant Bar in Santa Barbara. Menzel totaled 66 kills and posted match-high in kills and points in all three matches. Against Pacific, he had 21 kills, four aces, four digs, and 25.5 points. Menzel totaled 27 kills, three aces, seven digs, and 31.5 points vs. Northridge and 18 kills, two aces, six digs, and 21.5 points in the win over Long Beach. He also hit .308 vs. the 49ers. Slaughter was instrumental in the third-place match win against Long Beach. He had 10 kills, hit .625 with no hitting errors, and added two service aces and five blocks. Slaughter started the season with eight blocks and nine kills vs. Pacific and then totaled five kills, an ace, four digs, and three blocks against CSUN. Northridge, which won the tournament, had Eric Vance named the MVP.

Gauchos Ink Two Highly-Touted Recruits
UCSB has received National Letters of Intent from two highly-touted recruits - middle blocker Dylan Davis (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar High School) and setter Oliver Deutschman (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Crossroads School) - that will don the blue and gold for the 2010 season. The six-foot-eight Davis is widely considered the nation's top class of 2009 middle blocker and one of the top two recruits at any position. In club ball, Davis' highly-ranked Balboa Bay team won a silver medal in the 17-and-under division at the 2008 Junior Olympics, where Davis was tabbed a First Team All-American. He was also a starter on the U.S. Youth National Team that won gold at the 2008 NORCECA Championships and qualified for the 2009 Youth National World Championships in Italy this coming summer. Heralded as the top setter in the country from the class of 2009, Deutschman won gold at the 2008 Junior Olympics, topping Davis' Balboa Bay squad in the 17-and-under title match. Like Davis, the six-foot-four Deutschman was named a First Team All-American following the tournament. He was also a starter, along with Davis, on the U.S. Youth National Team that won the 2008 NORCECA title and qualified to compete at the 2009 Youth National World Championships in Italy.

The Gaucho Way
As a championship-caliber program, UCSB Athletics recognizes the responsibility that goes with it. This simply means all student-athletes, staff, and fans will behave with a champion's approach, creating a safe environment at games and events. All of those who attend, compete, or work at Gaucho events are caretakers of the passionate, exciting, and great experience UCSB is known for. This is "The Gaucho Way."

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