Gauchos End Long Road Swing With Trips to UCLA, Long Beach State

Austin Kingi (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (6-11, 4-9) vs. No. 6 UCLA (7-6, 11-8)
at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.
Series record vs. the Bruins – 32-120
Streak vs. the Bruins – Lost 4
UCSB Streak Overall – Won 1
UCLA Streak Overall – Won 2
Last time out vs. the Bruins – L, 3-1 (1/18/2013)

Friday, Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (6-11, 4-9) at No. 3 Long Beach State (10-3, 12-4)
at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
Series record vs. the 49ers – 47-42
Streak vs. the 49ers – Won 1
UCSB Streak Overall – Won 1
Long Beach State Streak Overall – Won 4
Last time out vs. the 49ers – W, 3-0 (1/9/2013)

• UCSB Victorious Over USC and Out of Lull
Previously, UCSB suffered losses from UCI, UCSD, and Pepperdine, extending their losing
streak to four. However, that all changed when they faced USC on Thursday night. The
Gauchos came out energized and took the first two sets, ultimately winning the game in
four. UCSB was able to shut down the Trojan offense with 21. 5 total team blocks. Dylan
Davis led the team with 14 total blocks and Kevin Donohue had seven. Evan Licht had his
best night of the season and led the Gauchos with 13 kills. Additionally, the Gauchos had
their best serving night of the season, nailing ten serving aces. Austin Kingi was a major
force from behind the line and recorded a career-high of 3 serving aces.

• Marsh One-ups Himself Again
Sophomore opposite Matt Marsh broke three of his personal bests in the game against
UCI. Marsh ended the night with a career-high 19 kills, career-high 14 digs, and a careerhigh
four total blocks. At Irvine, Marsh was the Gaucho frontrunner in kills and digs. Overall,
Marsh leads the team in kills with 184 for the season. Marsh averages 3.42 kills per set,
which puts him at number 24 in the NCAA's ranking for Individual Kills Per Set. He is also
ranked third on the team for digs, totalling 82. Most definitely, Marsh continues to be a
main assest for the Gauchos and he continues to outdo himself.

• Stopping the Offense
Dylan Davis, senior middle blocker, leads the Gauchos in all categories of blocks with 11
block solos, 65 block assists, and 76 total blocks. His performance ranks him eighth on
the NCAA's Individual Blocks Per Set, where he is the only Gaucho to make the cut. In
the game against USC, Davis matched his career-high of 14 totals blocks. Earlier in the
season, Davis recorded 14 total blocks at Pacific. UCSB has outblocked its opponents this
season164 to 157 total blocks and the Gauchos average 2.44 blocks per set.• Hitting Lichts Outs
Junior middle blocker Evan Licht had a spectacular night on Thursday
against USC. Licht led the Gauchos in kills and digs by recording a careerhigh
13 kills and a career-high nine digs. He also picked up a season-high
two serving aces. Adding his four blocks, Licht put up 18 points for the
Gauchos. Undoubtedly, this was one of Licht's best performances of the
season and he was a major factor in the Gaucho's victory.

• Donohue Hitting Hard
Sophmore outside hitter Kevin Donohue has been a strong force for the
Gaucho's offense. He has had three games this season where he hit at
least 10 kills. Donohue has pounded 79 kills, averaging 1.88 kills per set.
His best night of the season was at UC Irvine where he nailed 14 kills.

• Gauchos Win First Road Match of the Season
The game against USC last Thursday night was a first for the Gauchos as
they recorded their first away win of the season. Previously, UCSB had
lost their last seven away matches and were in the midst of a four game
losing streak. It has been a hard season on the road for the Gauchos, but
they were finally able to close out a night in their opponent's home turf.
The Gauchos have two more road matches before they return home
and a total of five away matches left in the season. Hopefully, they can
build off this win and continue to succeed on the road.

• UCSB Looking for Upsets
UCSB will be the underdog going into the games against No. 6 UCLA
and No. 3 Long Beach State this week. In this season, the Gauchos have
come up short against the Bruins twice and both were home games.
UCSB was hurt by Robart Page, hitting 22 kills in their first meeting and
15 in the second. Even though Long Beach State has a better record than
UCSB, the Gauchos were victorious in the last meeting. UCSB swept the
49ers in three sets, with a big performance by Matt Marsh with 15 kills
and Weston Nielsen with 12 kills. The Gauchos look to build off this last
meeting as they travel to Long Beach on Friday.