No. UCSB 15 Heads to L.A. for an MPSF Showdown

Blaine Nielsen (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Blaine Nielsen (Photo by Tony Mastres)

• The Schedule
Friday, January 27, 2012 at 7 p.m.. at the Wooden Center
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (2-2, 0-2)
at No. 3 UCLA (7-1, 2-0)
Series record vs. the Bruins- 32-116
Streak- Won 3
2010 Series- UCLA 2-0
2011 Series- UCSB 3-0
Last time out vs. the Bruins- W, 3-1

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7 p.m.
at USC's Galen Center
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (2-2, 0-2)
at No. 5 USC (3-2, 2-2)
Series record vs. the Trojans- 56-50
Streak- Won 2
2010 Series- USC 2-0
2011 Series- Tied 2-2
Last time out vs. the Trojans- W, 3-1

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player statistics and bios.

• The Week in Review
The Gauchos wrapped up their season-opening six match homestand with losses to Pacific
and Stanford. Friday night's loss to Pacific featured 16 kills from junior outside hitter Miles Evans
and eight kills over two games from freshman outside hitter Kevin Donohue. UCSB was
held to a hitting percentage of .103 or lower in three of four games. Saturday night's match
against Stanford did not go much better- despite career highs in kills from Miles Evans (20)
and sophomore middle blocker Evan Licht (12), the Gauchos dropped their second consecutive
match. Stanford hit .348 or better in all four games.

• Turning the Tide Against UCLA?
UCSB has an all-time record against UCLA of 32-116. However, last season was a historically
successful year against UCLA. Counting exhibition contests, the Bruins were topped by the
Gauchos five times last year- by far the most amount of victories against UCLA that UCSB
has recorded in Men's Volleyball in one season .

• He Can Go for Miles
Junior outside hitter Miles Evans has quickly become the team's go-to attacking option, having
led the squad in kills in each of the first six matches of the season, racking up atleast 11 kills
in each contest. Miles, a transfer from Santa Barbara City College, follows in the footsteps of
last year's big hitter, Jeff Menzel, who was also raised in the Santa Barbara area. Miles recently
picked up a career-high in kills, going off for 20 against Stanford in just four games.

• Fresh Faced Gauchos
In contrast to last year's senior-heavy and rarely changing lineup, this
year's lineup features just one senior and one starting returner. Blaine
Nielsen, the sole senior, is also the team's captain. Dylan Davis, the
sole starting returner, had a monster 2011 campaign, highlighted by
career-high 15 kill performance against USC in the national semifinal
match. McLaughlin rarely strayed from his starting seven last year, but
12 different players have started a match already this year for the

• Brotherly Love
This year's squad has two pairs of brothers- Chad & Austin Kingi, and
Weston & Blaine Nielsen. All players have seen action except Austin,
a freshman outside hitter.

• Seeing the Licht
Sophomore middle blocker Evan Licht, who saw limited playing time
as a serving specialist during his freshman year, is relishing his semiregular
role in the starting lineup in 2012. Evan is tied for second on
the team in kills at 32 with fellow middle blocker Dylan Davis. Still a
strong server, Licht ranks second on the squad in both aces (5) and
aces per game (0.31)

• Dependable Davis
Dylan Davis, one of two Gauchos to have appeared in all 23 of the
team's sets, is playing as solid as ever this year. Davis, who finished
second on last year's team with 101 blocks, leads this year's squad
with 22 thus far. He is also hitting .329, which despite ranking third on
the team is actually a low figure for the middle blocker, who led the
MPSF in hitting percentage at .488 last year. Since the beginning of last
season, he has failed to record a block in just two matches.

• Efficient Freshman
Chris Hartig and Kevin Donohue are both stepping up their attacking
games this season, despite their young age. Hartig and Donohue
rank second and third on the team in kills per game at 3.10 and 2.64,

• Tickets For All Matches This Season Are Available
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UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics
Building on campus, or buy online and print at home. The Intercollegiate
Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent
to the building, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets.
Monday through Friday.