Men's Volleyball's Wednesday Night Matchup to Be Played at Rob Gym After Venue Change

Chad Kingi (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Chad Kingi (Photo by Tony Mastres)

Schedule Alert: Wednesday, Mar. 13's men's volleyball match against Cal State Northridge will take place at Rob Gym, not the Thunderdome as originally scheduled. The match is still set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 11 UC Santa Barbara (9-12. 7-10) vs. No. 8 Cal State Northridge (10-6, 8-6)
at Rob Gym
Series record vs. the Matadors – 47-38
Streak vs. the Matadors – Lost 2
UCSB Streak Overall – Won 2
Cal State Northridge Streak Overall – Won 3
Last time out vs. the Matadors – L, 3-2 (1/11/2013)

Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 11 UC Santa Barbara (9-12, 7-10) vs. Harvard (11-4)
at the Thunderdome
Series record vs. the Crimson – 2-0
Streak vs. the Crimson – Won 2
UCSB Streak Overall – Won 2
Harvard Streak Overall – Won 2
Last time out vs. the Crimson – W, 3-0 (2/25/2010)

• Change of Venue for Wednesday's Game against Cal State Northridge
Wednesday, Mar. 13's matchup with the CSUN Matadors will take place in Rob Gym after
originally being scheduled as the Gauchos' Thunderdome opener. Come watch UCSB
take on Cal State Northridge and battle for one of the last playoff spots. Last time the
Gauchos faced Cal State Northridge, the Matadors came out on top in five sets at the
Matadome. All home games after this Wednesday will be held in the Thunderdome.

• Gauchos Sweep Up the Competition
UCSB returned home last week after a seven game road trip. The home atmosphere of
Rob Gym fueled the Gauchos to sweep both Stanford and Pacific in three sets. On Friday
night, Jake Staahl aced four serves against the Cardinal. Dylan Davis and Miles Evans
teamed up to hammer seven kills apiece. UCSB cruised to victory, winning each game
by at least a six-point margin. The Gauchos took the momentum into their game against
Pacific on Saturday night, as Evan Licht matched a career best with 18 kills and Davis
recorded five blocks. Austin Kingi had a big night as well, recording 12 kills. Against Pacfic,
the Gauchos collectively put up 48 kills, 42 digs, and 12 blocks.

• UCSB Jumps Ahead
Improving to No. 11 from last week's No. 14 ranking, UCSB had the largest jump out of all
teams in this week's AVCA Division-I poll. With the 2-0 weekend, the Gauchos also snuck
into eighth place in the MPSF conference standings, putting them in the MPSF Tournament
if the season were to end today. Ninth place Hawai'i sits just a half game back of the Gauchos
at 6-10. UCSB needs to finish the season strong to maintain their playoff position, as
competition for the playoffs is tight and each team is capable of surpassing the others. The
MPSF Tourament begins April 20th, leaving just nine more games in the regular season.
The Gauchos last made the tournament in 2011 as the seventh seed.

• Athlete of the Week
Freshman Jonah Seif was voted as Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table
Athlete of the Week. On Saturday night against Pacific, Seif recorded 41
assists and 3 blocks and led the team with 11 digs. This is his eleventh
game of reaching at least 40 assists in a game. Seif continues to put up
remarkable numbers as he plays a vital role in the Gaucho offense.

• Serving Staahl
Middle blocker Jake Staahl had a big night against Stanford on Friday night.
Staahl slammed five kills and four blocks. On top of that, Staahl aced four
serves that contributed to the Gaucho's total of 10 service aces. Additionally,
he hit at a .444% clip.

• Licht is Unstoppable
Junior Evan Licht had another big week. Against Stanford, Licht put down
four kills as well as three serving aces. Against Pacific, Licht pounded 18
kills and picked up nine digs. In the last four of his five games, Licht recorded
double figures in kills. Licht is on a roll and pushing UCSB to
victory. For his efforts, Licht was an MPSF Player of the Week nominee,

• Austin Kingi on Fire
Outside hitter Austin Kingi burned up the court against Pacific. Kingi
smashed 12 kills and recorded seven digs. This is his seventh game of the
season for double digit kills. He averages 2.43 kills per set, making him a
huge asset to the Gauchos.

• Gaucho Momentum
UCSB won four out of its last five games, including the last two home
games. The Gauchos prove that they are more successful at home, which
is adventageous that the next three games are at home. These last games
showed a powerhouse Gaucho team working hard on all facets of the
court. This is the first time this season that the Gauchos have won four
matches over a five match stretch.