10th-Ranked Spikers Host No. 15 UC San Diego and No. 7 Long Beach State

Feb. 3, 2009

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THE SCHEDULE
Friday, Feb. 6 - 7 p.m.
#10 UCSB (3-5, 1-4) vs. #15 UC San Diego (3-5, 1-4)
Robertson Gymnasium
Santa Barbara, Calif.
* Order Tickets Online
* Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM
* Game broadcast online at KCSB.org
* Gametracker

Saturday, Feb. 7 - 7 p.m.
#10 UCSB (3-5, 1-4) vs. #7 Long Beach State (4-4, 3-2)
Robertson Gymnasium
Santa Barbara, Calif.
* Order Tickets Online
* Gametracker

AGAINST UC SAN DIEGO
* Last Meeting: 4/12/08 at UCSB
* Result: UCSB 3, UCSD 1 (31-33, 30-17, 31-29, 32-30)
* 2009 Series: Have not met
* 2008 Series: Tied 1-1
* All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 23-2
* Last UCSD Win: 2/29/08 at UCSD
* Result: UCSD 3, UCSB 0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-24)
* Current Streak: UCSB one win

AGAINST LONG BEACH STATE
* Last Meeting: 1/10/09 at UCSB (E-Bar)
* Result: UCSB 3, LBSU 0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-26)
* 2009 Series: UCSB leads 1-0
* 2008 Series: LBSU led 2-0
* All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 44-34
* Last LBSU Win: 4/11/08 at UCSB
* Result: LBSU 3, UCSB 0 (30-18, 30-25, 30-24)
* Current Streak: UCSB one win

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 KCSB.org. Here's the season schedule:

Feb. 6 vs. UC San Diego - 91.9 FM and online at KCSB.org
Feb. 20 vs. Pacific - 91.9 FM and online at KCSB.org
Mar. 11 vs. George Mason - 91.9 FM and online at KCSB.org
Apr. 1 vs. USC - 91.9 FM and online at KCSB.org

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 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 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 UCSBgauchos.com.

GAUCHOS SPLIT TWO VS. BYU
UCSB split a pair of matches vs. BYU last week at Rob Gym, winning the opener 3-2 and losing the second by the same score. It was the first victory for the Gauchos against the Cougars since the 2005 season. UCSB came back from two sets down as Cullen Irons posted a career-best 16 kills. Jeff Menzel totaled 55 kills over the two contests, which included a career-high 29 in the loss.

TOP OF THE WORLD
Jeff Menzel currently leads the nation in kills per set at 5.74. He has led UCSB in kills, attempts, and points in all eight matches and recently established a new career-high with 29 kills vs. BYU.

NATIONAL TREASURE
Several other Gauchos are ranked nationally in statistics: Vince DeVany is eighth in assists per set (12.48), Andy McGuire is 21st in digs per set (2.48), Sam Moisenco is 25th in blocks per set (1.23), Jeff Menzel is 26th in aces per set (0.39), and Jake Rosener is 29th in aces per set (0.36).

MPSlaughterF
Scott Slaughter is leading the MPSF in attack percentage in all matches (.504) and in league matches only (.532). His season-best is .700 (8-1-10) at Cal State Northridge, while his career-best is .778 (7-0-9) vs. Hawai'i in 2008.

SEASON-HIGHS GALORE
As a team, UCSB posted several season-highs against BYU including: kills (71, 1/30), attempts (148, 1/31), assists (66, 1/30), digs (48, 1/30), and blocks (13.0, 1/31).

ONE-ARMED BANDIT
Jeff Menzel's arm has shown a lot of stamina as he has by far taken more swings than any other Gaucho. He has amassed 371 attack attempts. Second on the list is Jake Rosener with 157, which is 214 less than Menzel. As a team, UCSB has 951 attacks, almost 40% of those coming by way of Menzel's arm.

IRONS MAN
Cullen Irons got his third career start (and first of the season) in the first match against BYU, and he didn't disappoint. The sophomore posted career-highs in kills (16), digs (7), and points (18) while hitting .300 and posting four blocks.

ASSISTED LIVING
In the first match against BYU, setter Vince DeVany tied his career-high with 60 assists. The sophomore is ranked sixth in the league and eighth in the country in assists per set at 12.48.

THE BIG DIG
Andy McGuire, who platooned with Ben Brockman at libero last season, has the job all to himself this year. Recently, he posted a season-high 18 digs against BYU, two short of his career-best (20 vs. Hawai'i in 2008). McGuire is averaging 2.48 digs per set, which ranks eighth in the MPSF and 21st nationally.

MENZEL TURNS 600
With a career-high 29 kills vs. BYU on Jan. 31, Jeff Menzel surpassed 600 career kills (he had 599 entering the match). To date, Menzel has 628 kills through 126 career sets, good for 4.98 kills per set.

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 BUENO
Trey Valbuena missed three matches with a left ankle sprain but returned off the bench in the first match vs. BYU. Valbuena started the first three matches of the season and posted most of his career-highs against Pacific on Jan. 9.

NIELSEN RATINGS
Redshirt freshman Blaine Nielsen got his second career start vs. BYU on Jan. 31. He established new career-highs in kills (8), digs (8), blocks (4), and points (10) in the 3-2 loss.

FIVE ALIVE
UCSB had not taken part in a five-set match this season until BYU came to town and both matches went long. In 2008, three matches went five sets, including one against BYU. In 2007, six of UCSB's contests took the long road. This year, the Gauchos are 1-2 in three-setters, 1-2 in four-setters, and 1-1 in five-setters.

MENZEL, SLAUGHTER NAMED TO ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
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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