Gauchos Cross the Pacific, Battle Hawai'i
Feb. 1, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 9 p.m & Friday, February 4. 2011 at 9 p.m. No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (5-4, 3-3) at No. 10 Hawai'i (2-5, 2-2) Series record vs. the Rainbow Warriors- 28-41 Streak- Lost 1 2010 Series- Tied, 1-1 Last time out vs. the Rainbow Warriors- L, 3-0
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 7 p.m.
at Pauley Pavillion No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (5-4, 3-3) at No. 5 UCLA (7-3, 2-2) Series record vs. the Bruins- 31-116 Streak- Won 1 2010 Series- UCLA 2-0 2011 Series- UCSB 1-0 Last time out vs. the Bruins- W, 3-2
Though UCSB fans may want to tag along with the Gauchos to Hawai'i this week, many will not be able to. Luckily, Gaucho fans can be there in spirit, as the University of Hawai'i will be streaming the matches against the Rainbow Warriors on their website, at www.uhstreaming.oceanic.com. A nominal fee is required in order to watch the matches.
Can't Make it to the Court?
UCSB men's volleyball matches can be followed live online for no charge with Gametracker. Log on to UCSBgauchos.com, 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 see player statistics and bios.
The Week in Review
The Gauchos returned to Santa Barbara after a 4-game road trip that saw them go 2-2, with wins at UC San Diego and Cal State Northridge, and losses at UC Irvine and Long Beach State. UCSB split the short two game homestand, falling to USC before beating Pepperdine-both in straight sets. In the match against the Waves, three Gauchos recorded double digit kills- Jeff Menzel had 15, Scott Slaughter has 12, and Cullen Irons had 11. Irons led the Gauchos with 14 kills against the Trojans.
Killing Them Softly
The Gauchos boast one of the top attacking duos in the country in seniors Jeff Menzel and Cullen Irons. Both find themselves in the top 10 in the MPSF in kills per set. Irons, an opposite, is 7th in the conference with 3.96 kills per game. Menzel, an outside hitter, sits at tenth with 3.72 kills per set. UCSB is one of only two schools to have two players in the top 10, defending National Champions Stanford being the other.
Short and Sweet
Win or lose, the Gauchos do not seem to like playing late into the night. Every MPSF match UCSB has participated in thus far has only gone three sets.
Riding the Waves
The Gauchos broke one of their worst losing streaks against a single opponent in school history last week, beating Pepperdine after losing the previous ten matches, The losing streak dated back all the way to 2006. No current player or coach was in the program at that time.
Senior middle blocker Scott Slaughter has been one of the most consistent Gaucho players. Scott has yet to record a match hitting percentage below .400 so far this season. He now ranks first in the MPSF for eligible candidates in hitting percentage, swinging at a .570 clip. He also only has 8 errors, tied for fewest among the top 10 most accurate hitters. Scott has also contributed 22 blocks, good for second on the team behind sophomore middle blocker Dylan Davis. Slaughter's 61 kills place him third on the team behind Menzel and Irons.
Devany, Dishing it Out
Senior setter Vince Devany has his eyes set on the Gauchos recordbook. Vince has already racked up 311 assists so far this season, a rate that places him second in the MPSF in both assists and assists per set (11.11 per set). Vince, who already ranks third all time in career assists for the Gauchos, has an outside chance at becoming the all-time leader. If Vince repeats his 2010 stat line of 1551 assists, he will finish his UCSB career with 4814 assists, which places him just 17 assists short of second place (Todd Rogers-4831). Vince will need to eclipse the 5000 assist mark to become the all-time leader (Jon Wallace-5011).
Other Gauchos Making Waves
The MPSF leaderboard is rife with Gauchos- besides the aforementioned Irons, Menzel, Slaughter, and Devany, two other UCSB starters find themselves in MPSF top-ten lists. Sophomore middle blocker Dylan Davis ranks eighth in the MPSF with a 1.00 block per set average, while senior libero Andy McGuire ranks ninth in the MPSF with 1.79 digs per set.
Tickets For All Matches This Season Are Available
Tickets for all matches this season are available by calling 805.893.UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or buy online and print at home. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.