Gauchos Host Nor-Cal Rivals Pacific and Stanford
Feb. 19, 2009
Last Meeting: 1/9/09 at UCSB (E-Bar)
Result: UCSB 3, PAC 1 (29-31, 30-28, 31-29, 30-25)
2009 Series: UCSB leads 1-0
2008 Series: UCSB led 3-0
All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 17-10
Last PAC Win: 3/11/06 at PAC
Result: PAC 3, UCSB 0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-28)
Current Streak: UCSB six wins
Last Meeting: 2/8/08 at STAN
Result: STAN 3, UCSB 1 (30-25, 23-30, 30-21, 30-18)
2009 Series: Have not met
2008 Series: STAN led 2-0
All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 41-24
Last UCSB Win: 3/31/07 at UCSB
Result: UCSB 3, STAN 0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)
Current Streak: STAN two wins
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 remaining season schedule:
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 for no charge 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 see player statistics and bios. Gametracker runs on PCs and Macs.
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 (8th grade 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.
DOUBLE S LEADS NATION IN HITTING
Middle Scott Slaughter is leading the country in attack percentage at .484 (110-20-186). That number ranks third for a single season at UCSB. Theo Brunner owns the top two spots, hitting .531 in 2007 and .486 in 2005.
Senior Mike Runkle played libero against UC Irvine last week as Andy McGuire remained sidelined with an injury. In fact, he posted a career-high 22 digs, the most recorded in an NCAA Division I or II match this season. His dig total tied for ninth on UCSB's single match list (along with Olympian Todd Rogers and Jan Carlo Zegarra). and A versatile player, Runkle has seen time at setter, outside hitter, and now libero during his UCSB career.
MARATHON MATCH MADNESS
Four of UCSB's last five matches have gone to five sets. Unfortunately, the Gauchos hold a heartbreaking 1-3 record in those contests, losing against BYU, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine. The extended-length matches started on a high note with a win over BYU. UCSB played its first six matches of the season without going to five sets.
UCSB has played eight of its 11 matches at home, with a record of 3-5. The Gauchos are 0-3 in their road matches (UCLA, CSUN, UCI). Following this week's matches at home against Pacific and Stanford, UCSB will enter its longest road swing of the year - four matches between Feb. 26 and Mar. 6.
As a team, UCSB posted several season-highs in the loss at UC Irvine including kills (77), attempts (179), assists (73), and digs (62).
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 516 attack attempts this season. Second on the list is Jake Rosener with 216, 300 less than Menzel. As a team, UCSB has 1,402 attacks, almost 40% of those coming by way of Menzel's arm. For his career, Menzel has 1,508 attempts. He'll need 455 more to break into UCSB's top-ten list.
ARE THESE STATS RIGHT?
Jeff Menzel has led UCSB in kills and points in all but one match this season. In two sets against Long Beach, Menzel posted a season-low five kills and 5.5 points, well off his average of 5.47 kills and 6.12 points per set. In fact, it was the first time that Menzel didn't post double figure kill totals. He was consistent in one stat, however. With 22 attack attempts vs. LBSU, he has led UCSB in that category in all 11 matches to date.
SLAUGHTER STEPS UP
Middle Scott Slaughter had a career night in the loss against Long Beach. His 14 kills and 18.5 points were both career-bests. They were also team-highs, making Slaughter the only Gaucho besides Jeff Menzel to lead the team in either category all season. The night before against UC San Diego, Slaughter totaled a career-high 10 blocks.
SET ME UP
Setter Vince DeVany tied his career-high in assists (60) vs. BYU earlier in the season and then broke it with 65 helpers vs. UC San Diego on Feb. 6. Well, he's done it again. At UC Irvine last week, Devany collected 69 assists while also setting a new career-high with 12 digs. With 12.82 assists per set, he ranks seventh in the nation.
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, the sophomore has 685 kills and needs 262 more to crack UCSB's top-ten career list.
Freshman Blaine Nielsen continues to make an impact. He's started three of the last four matches and posted several career-highs against UC San Diego including kills (11), blocks (8), and points (15).
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 recent regular starting lineup features a freshman (Nielsen, OH), four sophomores (Menzel, OH; Slaughter, MB; Devany, S; McGuire, LIB) and a pair of juniors (Moisenco, MB; Rosener, OPP).
MMMM, DOUBLE DOUBLE
With 12 kills and a career-high 10 blocks vs. UC San Diego on Feb. 6, Scott Slaughter posted the first, and only, double-double by a Gaucho so far this season.
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.
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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