No. 8 UCSB to Host Lewis Tuesday, Travel to Stanford and Pacific this Weekend

March 6, 2006

This Week's Matchups:
Wednesday, March 7, 7:05 p.m.
No. 8 UC Santa Barbara vs. Lewis
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Robertson Gym

Friday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.
No. 8 UC Santa Barbara at Stanford
Palo Alto, Calif.

Saturday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.
No. 8 UC Santa Barbara at Pacific
Stockton, Calif.

The Skinny
The Gauchos enter the week with a 10-9 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. UCSB is coming off a three-game sweep over UC San DIego in which it hit .500 as a team. Before beating UCSD, the Gauchos suffered a 3-2 loss to Long Beach State at home. This week, the Gauchos face two opponents they have beaten earlier in the year in Pacific and Stanford. UCSB swept both teams at home the weekend of January 27-28.

Scouting the Opponents
Division II Lewis enters the match with a 5-8 overall record and is coming off a four-game loss to Carthage. The Flyuers are led by Drew Pickering who averages 4.13 kills per game and David Kelnhofer who averages 3.03 kills per game. The Gauchos are 2-2 all-time against Lewis. The last time these two teams met came in 2000 and resulted in a UCSB victory.

Stanford enters the week with a 4-16 overall record and a 2-12 MPSF mark. The Cardinal are coming off two three-game losses to Brigham Young on the road and will be looking to avenge their January 28 loss to the Gauchos. Stanford is led by Ben Reddy who is averaging 4.82 kills per game.

Pacific enters the week with an overall record of 5-13 and are 3-9 in the MPSF. The Tigers are coming off consecutive losses to No. 13 Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne last week. UOP is led by Brian Adamson who currently averages 4.11 kills per game.

Patak Yourself on the Back
Junior opposite Evan Patak has calmly positioned himself as one of the best players in the nation this year. Patak, a 2005 All-American leads the Gaucho attack with his 5.54 kills per game average on a .293 hitting percentage. The Pleasanton, CAlif. Native also features one of the most dangerous serves in the country. Patak is coming off a six-ace performance against UC San Diego, which boosted his ace per game average to 0.70.

Berm, Baby Berman
Junior outside hitter Bryan Berman is becoming a beacon of consistency for the Gauchos. Berrman has recorded double-digits in kills in five of the last six matches, with Friday's total of seven coming in a sweep over UC San Diego.

Otte Ought to Be
Junior Derek Otte had one of his finest games Friday against UCSD, posting 13 kills in three games. The total was his second highest of the year next to his 18 kills performance against UC Irvine February 11.

Klineman Up the Mountain
Freshman setter Max Klineman is flourishing in Head Coach Ken Preston's system. Klineman is averaging 13.63 assists per game and leads a Gaucho set that boasts a .476 percentage.