April 9, 2013

Gauchos Head Into Last Week of Regular Season

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (14-14. 10-12) vs. USC (6-16, 6-16)
at the Thunderdome
Series record vs. the Trojans – 57-52
Streak vs. the Trojans – Won 1
UCSB Streak Overall – Lost 2
USC Streak Overall – Won 1
Last time out vs. the Trojans – W, 3-1 (2/21/2013)

Friday, Apr. 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (14-14, 10-12) vs. No. 6 Pepperdine (13-10, 12-10)
at the Thunderdome
Series record vs. the Waves – 34-63
Streak vs. the Waves – Lost 2
UCSB Streak Overall – Lost 2
Pepperdine Streak Overall – Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Waves – L, 3-0 (2/19/2013)

• Two Tough Losses to End UCSB's Winning Streak
UCSB's seven-game winning streak was haulted by Cal Baptist last Wednesday night. The
Gauchos returned home to face BYU on Friday. In five close sets, the Cougars ultimately
came out victorious. UCSB and BYU traded the first four sets, forcing everything to come
down to the final fifth set. The Cougars had the lead at the switch (5-8), but the Gauchos
were able to regain the lead at 10-9. Neither team let up, but the Cougars were able to
pull off a win at 13-15. Despite the loss, the Gauchos put up great performances. Dylan
Davis recorded eight total blocks, including three solo blocks. Jake Staahl had an equally
impressive performance with seven total blocks and seven kills. Evan Licht hammered a
career-high 21 kills and Andrew Kingi slammed 11 of his own.

• Licht the Way
Evan Licht continues to outdo himself. Last Friday night, Licht led the match with an unbelievable,
career-high 21 kills. This is the fifth match in a row that Licht recorded double
digit kills. This performance ties Licht for most kills by a Gaucho in a match this season
with Miles Evans (21 at BYU, 2/7/13). In six of the last seven games, Licht has led the
Gauchos in kills.

• One of the Best in the Nation
Currently, UCSB sits at the No. 7 spot in the national poll. Not only are the Gauchos
remarkable as a team, but a few of the players have individual rankings. Dylan Davis
leads the country in hitting percentage (.440) and is ranked third in blocks per set (1.40).
Freshman Jonah Seif has had a killer first season, earning the No. 10 spot in assists per set
(10.43). On defense, Chad Kingi is sweeping up on the court and ranks 14th in digs per
set (2.45). Undeniably, the Gauchos are strong on all fronts and have some of the best
players in the country.

• Impressive at Every Angle
Outside hitter Austin Kingi has proven his versatility, as he has excelled
in all areas of the court. At Cal Baptist, Kingi picked up six kills, eight digs,
and a service ace. Upon returning home, he recorded 11 kills, seven digs,
five blocking assists and a service ace. Kingi thrives no matter where is on
the court and on both offense and defense.

• Unstoppable at the Net
Senior Dylan Davis contributed eight out of the team's total 16 blocks
against BYU. Davis matched his season-high of three solo blocks with this
performance. He is within reach of UCSB's blocking record of all time.
The record stands at 455 and Davis is at 429 with at least 3 games left.

• The Teal Ribbon
During both Wednesday's and Friday's matches, the Gaucho players
will wear a Teal Ribbon, representing UCSB's Sexual Assault Awareness
Month. UCSB has dedicated the month of April to increase awareness of
sexual violence. The Men's Volleyball team is showing their support and
doing their part to raise awareness.

• Gauchos to the MPSF Playoffs
The Gauchos have been fighting for one of the last playoff spots and are
now officially moving on to an MPSF Tournament appearance. UCSB will
join BYU, UC Irvine, Long Beach State, UCLA, Pepperdine, and Stanford
in the MPSF playoffs. The final spot is still up for grabs. Although the
Gauchos clinched an MPSF Tournament appearance, they still need to
finish the season strong to carry on the momentum. The Gauchos can
definitely compete with the best as long as they bring their A game.

• Saying Goodbye to the Thunderdome
Friday night's game is senior night and is the last time Miles Evans, Dylan
Davis and Matt Silver will play in the Thunderdome. This is the last time
these three seniors will have a home game at UCSB. There will be a short
ceremony for the seniors before the game.

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