May 11, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Cullen Irons has been named the UCSBgauchos.com/Golden 1 Credit Union Athlete of the Week after his impressive performance last weekend in the NCAA semifinals and title game.
Irons was named to the All-Tournament team after pacing UCSB in kills with 31, and finished second in both blocks (8) and digs (13).
The senior from Hanford, Calif. tallied a team-high tying 15 kills in the victory over USC on Thursday, helping UCSB advance to the championship match.
Irons helped lead the Gauchos to a fifth set on Saturday vs. Ohio State, but unfortunately the team fell just short of capturing its first-ever NCAA title. Irons had 16 kills vs. the Buckeyes as the Gauchos were the national runners-up.