No. 14 Gauchos Hop a Flight to Play Two at No. 12 Hawai'i

March 4, 2009

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Thursday, Mar. 5 - 10 p.m. PT
#14 UCSB at #12 Hawai'i
Stan Sheriff Center - Honolulu, Hawai'i
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Friday, Mar. 6 - 10 p.m. PT
#14 UCSB at #12 Hawai'i
Stan Sheriff Center - Honolulu, Hawai'i
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Last Meeting: 2/2/08 at UCSB
Result: UCSB 3, HAW 1 (32-30, 30-32, 36-34, 36-34)
2009 Series: Have not met
2008 Series: UCSB led 2-0
All-Time Series Record: HAW leads 39-26
Last HAW Win: 1/14/06 at UCSB
Result: HAW 3, UCSB 1 (36-34, 28-30, 30-28, 30-21)
Current Streak: UCSB four wins

This season, fans have the option of purchasing men's volleyball tickets for home matches 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).

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 Here's the remaining season schedule:
• Mar. 11 vs. George Mason - 91.9 FM and online at
• Apr. 1 vs. USC - 91.9 FM and online at

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, 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.

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

UCSB began its longest road swing of the season with a pair of losses, 3-1 at USC and 3-0 at top-ranked Pepperdine. Against the Trojans, UCSB hit just .167 while getting out-blocked 14.5 to 5.0. Jeff Menzel had a match-high 24 kills, but four USC players hit double figures in put-aways as the Trojans swung at .346 for the match. The Gauchos won the second set after hitting .516. At Pepperdine, UCSB upped its hitting percentage to .231, but the Waves finished at a stellar .455. Again the Gauchos had problems at the net, getting out-blocked 14.0 to 3.0. Pepperdine's Paul Carroll led all players with 22 kills. For the Gauchos, Menzel had 13 kills while Cullen Irons and Jake Rosener each posted 11. Rosener added a career-high seven service aces. The Waves have won seven consecutive matches against the Gauchos.

Jake Rosener dropped in a career-high seven service aces at Pepperdine. He now ranks first in the MPSF in aces per set in league matches and third in all matches. In addition, he ranks 13th in the country. The seven aces ties for second on UCSB's single match record list. Evan Patak had seven aces five times between 2006 and 2007. The school record for aces in a match is eight, set by Patak in 2004.

With 18.0 points at Pepperdine, Jake Rosener became just the third Gaucho to lead the team in point production in a match this season. Scott Slaughter led UCSB with 18.0 points vs. Long Beach on Feb. 7 and tied Jeff Menzel for a team-high with 15.5 points against Pacific on Feb. 20. Menzel has led UCSB in the other 12 matches this year.

Five of UCSB's last nine matches have gone to five sets. Unfortunately, the Gauchos hold a heartbreaking 1-4 record in those contests. The extended-length matches started on a high note with a win over BYU back on Jan 30 as UCSB came back from two sets down. In the loss to BYU, UCSB was up 2-1. Against UCSD, the Gauchos came back from 0-2 only to lose. At UC Irvine and Stanford, UCSB was up 2-1.

UCSB has played 10 of its 15 matches at home, with a record of 4-6. However, the team is in the midst of its longest road swing of the year - four matches between Feb. 26 and Mar. 6. The Gauchos are 0-5 on the road thus far. The next home match will be Mar. 11 vs. George Mason.

Senior Mike Runkle has now seen time at setter, outside hitter, and libero during his UCSB career. This season, he's had four starts at libero. At UC Irvine, he had a career-high 22 digs. That total tied for ninth on UCSB's single match list (along with Olympian Todd Rogers and Jan Carlo Zegarra).

Setter Vince DeVany has been toying with his single match career-high assist total all season. He tied it with 60 against BYU, then broke it with 65 vs. UCSD. Devany then totaled 69 at UC Irvine and established his most recent career-high with a whopping 78 helpers at home against Stanford. He ranks fifth nationally, averaging 13.14 assists per set. The sophomore has 1,264 career assists, 775 this season and 489 as a true freshman in 2008.

Slaughter, attack, kill. Sounds like words from the script of Texas Chainsaw. Middle blocker Scott Slaughter has proven to be a horror to opponents. He currently ranks seventh in the country in attack percentage (.458) and 16th in blocks per set (1.27). Slaughter recently recorded a new career-high in kills with 15 vs. Stanford and has twice banked a career-high 10 blocks in a match this season. He is the only Gaucho besides Jeff Menzel to lead UCSB in kills in a match this year.

Middle Sam Moisenco has also come on lately. His 14 kills and 16.5 points against Stanford were both new career-highs. His .778 hitting percentage against Pacific on Feb. 20 was also a career-best.

This year's Gaucho squad consists of just two seniors - Mike Runkle and Matt Thobe. There are two juniors, six sophomores, and five freshmen. The recent regular starting lineup features four sophomores (Devany, S; Irons, OH; Menzel, OH; Slaughter, MB) and a pair of juniors (Moisenco, MB; Rosener, OPP) with a sophomore at libero (McGuire).

Cullen Irons set new career-highs with 19 kills and 21.0 points against Stanford.

Jeff Menzel set a new career-high with 32.0 points against Stanford and matched his career-high with 29 kills. To date, Menzel has 762 career kills and will need 185 more to break into UCSB's top-ten. If he eclipses 1,000 career kills, Menzel will be the 10th Gaucho in the history of the program to reach the benchmark.

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 710 attack attempts this season. Second on the list is Jake Rosener with 291. As a team, UCSB has 1,920 attacks, almost 37% of those coming by way of Menzel's arm. For his career, Menzel has 1,702 attempts. He'll need 261 more to crack UCSB's top-ten list. The school record for career attempts is 4,208, held by Donny Harris (1994-97).

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.

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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