No. 8 UCSB Looks For Revenge Against No. 6 UCLA, Menzel Named MPSF Player of the Week
Feb. 16, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 7 p.m.
No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (6-7, 6-4) vs. No. 6 UCLA (7-6, 6-4)
at Robertson Gymnasium (2,000)
Series record vs. the Bruins - 29-115
Streak - Lost 4
2009 Series - UCLA won 2-0
Last time out vs. the Bruins - L, 3-2 (1/20/10)
I'm Not A Player, I Just Crush A Lot
Junior outside hitter Jeff Menzel earned MPSF Player of the Week honors after totaling 67 kills in 10 sets (6.70 k/s) in leading a pair of five-set road wins at No. 6 Long Beach State and No. 13 UC San Diego. In the Pyramid, he slammed a career-high 34 kills, including seven in the fifth set, while adding 11 digs for the double-double. In La Jolla, Menzel added 33 kills, nine digs, and five blocks. He hit .304 for the week (67-25-138). Menzel is the second Gaucho to be awarded MPSF Player of the Week honors this season. Cullen Irons was awarded MPSF Player of the Week on February 1 after leading the Gauchos to road wins over UC Irvine, Stanford, and Pacific.
Rewriting the History Book
Jeff Menzel is already one of the most prolific players in UCSB program history and he still has a year of eligibility remaining after the end of the current season. 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. Earlier this season, he became only the eleventh player in UCSB history to reach the 1,000-kill benchmark. He leads the Gauchos in kills (336), total attacks (736), service aces (20), and total points (377.5). 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.
My Cousin Vinny
Setter Vince Devany has had busy fingertips as of late, as the junior averaged 74 assists in the Gauchos' two wins over Long Beach State and UC San Diego. Against LBSU, Devany dished out a season-high 78 assists, one away from tying a career-high. He also added five digs and a pair of block assists. Against UCSD, Devany compiled 70 assists, seven digs, two block assists and 2.0 total points. He is currently ranked fourth in the MPSF, averaging 13.22 assists per set. His 793 total assists is best in the MPSF.
McGuire Without the Juice
Libero Andy McGuire has led the Gauchos in digs in 11 of the team's 13 matches this season. McGuire had 14 digs in the Gauchos five-set victory over Long Beach State and then had nine more digs in UCSB's win against UCSD. McGuire has 529 total digs for his career, moving him into eighth-place all-time in program history for career digs. He has the highest amount of digs in the MPSF (168) and is ranked second in digs per set with a 2.80 average.
Nothing Like the Open Road
With a pair of victories over LBSU and UCSD, the Gauchos are a solid 5-1 away from the friendly confines of Rob Gym. In the Feb. 12 win over LBSU, Jeff Menzel had 34 kills, 11 digs, an ace, and 37.0 total points. Cullen Irons followed with 15 kills while Vince Devany provided a season-high 78 assists. Set scores were 30-24, 26-30, 31-33, 30-22, and 15-13 in favor of the Gauchos. The next night, UCSB took UCSD to the brink, beating the Tritons in five sets at RIMAC arena, 28-30, 33-31, 30-21, 28-30, and 16-14. Menzel hit .314 (33-11-70), added nine digs and five blocks before finishing with 37.0 total points. Jake Rosener hit .455 (14-4-22) while Sam Moisenco chimed in with a .706 clip (13-1-17). Devany had 70 assists.
Whoa, This is Pretty High
The Gauchos No. 8 ranking in the AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Poll is the highest ranking for the UCSB men's volleyball program in over two years. The last time UCSB was rated this high was at the end of the 2007 season, when the Gauchos finished the season ranked as the No. 5 team in the land. The Gauchos highest ranking this season was two weeks ago on Feb. 1, when UCSB opened the week ranked ninth. Because of its two victories over No. 6 Long Beach State and No. 13 UC San Diego, UCSB jumped up two positions this week to the eighth spot.
Brewin' for the Bruins
In the Jan. 20 contest between UCSB and UCLA, the Gauchos got out to a 2-1 set-lead against the Bruins before finally falling in five sets, 3-2. Set scores were 30-19, 30-32, 24-30, 30-25, and 15-11 in favor of the Bruins. UCSB started the match on fire, hitting at a .309 clip over the first three sets, but limped to the finish, swinging at a .176 rate throughout the final two frames. It marked the third time in the young season that UCSB let a 2-1 set lead slip away in a loss. Menzel collected a .345 hitting percentage (25-5-58) while notching 25 kills, seven digs and four blocks. Cullen Irons was second on the team with 20 kills. Vince Devany had 53 assists and Andy McGuire had a match-high 13 digs.
You Don't Gotta Go Home, But You Gotta Get Outta Here
UCSB will not play another home match for two weeks following their match versus UCLA at Rob Gym, as the team will travel to Massachusetts to compete in the Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield, Feb. 26-27. The Gauchos will also face Harvard on Thursday, Feb. 25 in Cambridge. UCSB's next home match will be on Wednesday, March 3, as they welcome defending national champions, UC Irvine to Rob Gym at 7 p.m. The Gauchos beat the Anteaters 3-1 on Jan. 22.
Tickets For All Matches This Season Are Available
This season, fans have several options to purchase men's volleyball tickets. Online sales are through Ticket Return. Just go to UCSB gauchos.com, roll over "Tickets", and then 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 our 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.
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.
Still Can't Make it to the Court?
KCSB 91.9 FM, UC Santa Barbara's student station, will broadcast Wednesday's match against UCLA. Fans in Santa Barbara can tune in to 91.9 FM or fans everywhere can click to the online feed at KCSB.org
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