Jeff Menzel Named Athlete of the Week

Feb. 16, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Jeff Menzel has been named Athlete of the Week after leading the UCSB men's volleyball team to road wins at Long Beach State and UC San Diego last weekend. He was also named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player of the Week.

On Friday, Feb. 12, Menzel slammed a career-high 34 kills, including seven in the fifth set, while adding 11 digs for the double-double in UCSB's five-set come-from-behind victory at No. 6 Long Beach State.

The next night, Menzel tallied 33 kills, nine digs, and five blocks as the Gauchos captured their second victory in just as many nights, overtaking UC San Diego 3-2 at RIMAC.

In the two matches combined, Menzel averaged 33.5 kills, 6.70 kills per set, 10 digs, 69 attack attempts and an ace while hitting .304 for the week (67-25-138). His previous career-high of 32 kills came against George Mason on March 11, 2009.

Menzel currently leads the MPSF in kills (336), kills per set (5.60) and points per set (6.29). He has 20 aces so far this season, averaging .33 per set.

The junior outside hitter leads the Gauchos in kills (336), total attacks (736), service aces (20), and total points (377.5). He currently ranks seventh all-time in UCSB program history in career kills with 1,613. He is fourth all-time in UCSB program history with 2,913 attack attempts.