Gauchos Return Home After Seven Match Road Swing

Gauchos Return Home After Seven Match Road Swing

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• The Schedule
Friday, Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (7-12, 5-10) vs. No. 4 Stanford (12-6, 9-6)
at Rob Gym
Series record vs. the Cardinal – 43-31
Streak vs. the Cardinal – Lost 3
UCSB Streak Overall – Lost 1
Stanford Streak Overall – Won 3
Last time out vs. the Cardinal – L, 3-0 (1/26/2013)

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (7-12, 5-10) vs. No. 15 Pacific (5-9, 3-9)
at Rob Gym
Series record vs. the Tigers – 22-14
Streak vs. the Tigers – Lost 4
UCSB Streak Overall – Lost 1
Pacific Streak Overall – Lost 6
Last time out vs. the Tigers – L, 3-2 (1/25/2013)

• UCSB Finally Bests UCLA
The Gauchos faced the Bruins twice before this season before meeting on Wednesday
night. Previously, UCLA came out on top in both matches. Nonetheless, UCSB was able to
stop the Bruin domination in a four set victory last week. Evan Licht led the offense with
an impressive 18 kills. Additionally, Miles Evans slammed 12 kills while Austin Kingi hammered
10. Both Licht and Evans picked up a pair of serving aces. The Gauchos defense
was on-point and they picked up 40 digs and 22 total blocks. After this second Gaucho
road win, UCSB traveled to Long Beach State. The 49ers halted UCSB's winning streak in
three straight matches. Still, Licht and Evans put up strong efforts on offense. Licht ended
the night with 11 kills while Evans had 10.

• Licht on a Roll
Junior middle blocker Evan Licht came out on fire at UCLA. He picked up a new seasonhigh
of 18 kills against the Bruins, topping his previous performance of 13. His performance
of 11 kills against Long Beach State marks the third straight game in accumulating
double digit kills. Licht's success continues to grow and he is becoming a vital part of the
Gaucho offense.

• Can You Dig It?
UCSB ranks fifth in the MPSF for digs by averaging 8.84 digs per set. Junior Libero Chad
Kingi leads the Gauchos with 175 digs and sits at the number two spot for individual
leaders in the MPSF. Kingi averages 2.5 digs per set. He has picked up double digit digs in
nine games, with his most recent against UCLA. Although the Bruins were hitting hard,
Kingi managed to sweep up 11 digs and lead the Gaucho defense. The Gauchos ended
the night with 40 digs, which was one of their better performances. UCSB's season-high
54 digs against Pacific shows that it is capable of reaching even higher.

• Austin Kingi Tears Up the Court
Sophmore outside hitter Austin Kingi was a crucial element to the Gaucho
victory over UCLA last Wednesday night. Kingi showed an incredible
performance in all elements of the game. He finished the match with 10
kills, 7 digs, and a season-high 7 total blocks. Kingi ranks fourth on the
team in both kills and digs. His versatile efforts show that he contributes
in all facets of the game.

• Miles of Domination
Now with 123 kills in the season, senior outside hitter Miles Evans proves
his court dominance. In five out of 14 games, Evans has recorded double
figures for kills. In the last two games, he smashed 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
The Santa Barbara native has remarkably recorded a 21 kill game
high. Evans continues to put up spectacular numbers and proves to be a
major threat for the opposition.

• The Gaucho Wall
As a team, the Gauchos have shut down their opposition with 182 total
blocks this season. Leading the team is senior Dylan Davis with 95 total
blocks. Davis ranks third in the MPSF individual performances by averaging
1.37 blocks per set. The senior has 12 solo blocks, which is the second
highest in that category out of the top 15 players in the MPSF for total
blocks. Next to Davis is sophomore Jake Staahl, who recorded 48 total
blocks this season. This performance ranks him at number nine in the
MPSF, as he averages 1.24 blocks per set. As a team, UCSB averages 2.46
blocks per set.

• Back at Home
UCSB returns home after a seven game road trip. The Gauchos pulled
out their first to away wins in this venture. Now, UCSB will be back at
Rob Gym for the next five matches. UCSB has had greater success in
their home territory. With these next games, the Gauchos look to maintain
their winning home record. UCSB had lost to both Stanford and
Pacific earlier this season, but both games were away.