Feb. 4, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The No. 9 UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team will take on No. 2 USC on Friday, January 5th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Thunderdome.
Match time was originally set for 7 p.m. but has been changed to 7:30 p.m. due to logistical concerns.
The Gauchos have been on a hot streak of late. On January 22, UCSB went down to UC Irvine and upset the defending national champions, 3-1. A week later on January 28, the Gauchos traveled to Palo Alto and proceeded to take down then-No. 2 Stanford in four sets as well. The next night, Cullen Irons had 15 kills and Jeff Menzel added nine kills as the Gauchos easily swept the Pacific Tigers, 3-0, at the Spanos Center.
UCSB is coming off a heartbreaking five-set loss to No. 10 Pepperdine. The Gauchos were able to get out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a .352 team hitting percentage over the first two frames. However, Pepperdine was able to answer by winning the next two sets and then took advantage of late Gaucho errors to take the fifth set and the match.
Irons currently holds the title of MPSF Player of the Week after hitting .397 in two matches last week. Menzel leads the MPSF in kills per set (5.28) and points per set (5.94).
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.
This season, fans have several options to purchase men's volleyball tickets. Online sales are through Ticket Return. Just go to UCSBgauchos.com, roll over "Tickets", and click on "Buy Now Print From Home." Then click on the Men's Volleyball section. 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. Of course, you can also buy tickets at the Rob Gym entrance beginning one hour prior to the start of the match. Individual match ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for youths. UCSB students are free.