2014 Men's Volleyball News

  • Four Gauchos Land on MPSF All-Academic Men's Volleyball Team
    May 27, 2014
    Four Gauchos Land on MPSF All-Academic Men's Volleyball Team Four UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball players were selected to the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic Men's Volleyball Team, it was announced by the conference on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Jonah Seif Named to AVCA All-America Team
    April 24, 2014
    Jonah Seif Named to AVCA All-America Team UC Santa Barbara sophomore setter Jonah Seif was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team, it was annouPROVO, Utah – UC Santa Barbara sophomore setter Jonah Seif was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team, it was announced this morning.nced this morning.
  • Fan Advisory: Tonight's Men's Volleyball Semifinal Match to be Televised on BYU TV
    April 24, 2014
    Fan Advisory: Tonight's Men's Volleyball Semifinal Match to be Televised on BYU TV Tonight's MPSF Tournament Semifinal match between UC Santa Barbara and BYU will be televised nationally by BYU TV and should be viewable within most homes.
  • No. 5 UCSB Drops 3-0 Decision at BYU in MPSF Tournament Semifinal
    April 24, 2014
    No. 5 UCSB Drops 3-0 Decision at BYU in MPSF Tournament Semifinal Fourth-seeded UC Santa Barbara hit just .086 as a team and was outblocked 17.5-3.0 by top-seeded BYU on Thursday night as the Cougars swept the Gauchos in the MPSF Tournament Semifinal at the Smith Fieldhouse to advance to Saturday night's championship match.
  • Fifth-Ranked Men's Volleyball Heads to BYU For Conference Tournament Final Four
    April 21, 2014
    Fifth-Ranked Men's Volleyball Heads to BYU For Conference Tournament Final Four Gauchos looking to hand Cougars their first home loss of the season as they tangle in the MPSF Semifinals
  • No. 5 UCSB Eliminates UCLA in MPSF Quarters With Five-Set Comeback Win
    April 19, 2014
    No. 5 UCSB Eliminates UCLA in MPSF Quarters With Five-Set Comeback Win SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The fourth-seeded and fifth ranked UC Santa Barbara men’s volleyball team fought back from a 14-7 deficit in a win-or-go-home fourth set to ultimately score a five-game victory over fifth-seeded UCLA in the MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals in front of a season-high 2,000 fans at Rob Gym on Saturday night, setting up a second round matchup at top-seeded BYU, whom the Gauchos previously upset in the final week of the regular season.
  • No. 5 UCSB Hosts UCLA in First Home Playoff Match Since 2007, Tix Available Now
    April 17, 2014
    No. 5 UCSB Hosts UCLA in First Home Playoff Match Since 2007, Tix Available Now After what was arguably the most unpredictable and parity-filled regular season in the history of the MPSF, UCSB ended up in fourth place, just two games behind top-seeded BYU.
  • Seif Tabbed as All-MPSF First Teamer, Four Other Gauchos Collect All-Conference Honors
    April 17, 2014
    Seif Tabbed as All-MPSF First Teamer, Four Other Gauchos Collect All-Conference Honors Sophomore setter Jonah Seif was named to the All-MPSF First Team while four other Gauchos earned All-Conference recognition as well, the league announced on Thursday afternoon. UC Santa Barbara's five All-Conference honorees are the most in program history.
  • UCSB Athletics to Distribute Student Tickets For Saturday's Men's Volleyball Playoff Match
    April 15, 2014
    UCSB Athletics to Distribute Student Tickets For Saturday's Men's Volleyball Playoff Match This Saturday's MPSF Tournament Quarterfinal match against UCLA – UC Santa Barbara's first posteason home match since 2007 – is expected to sell out, but students need not worry as UCSB Athletics will be distributing complimentary tickets to the first 200 students to show up to the Ticket Office at the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus this Thursday, Apr. 17.
  • Nielsen Earns MPSF Player of the Week Honors
    April 14, 2014
    Nielsen Earns MPSF Player of the Week Honors Junior outside hitter Weston Nielsen was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after leading the fifth-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team to an undefeated final week of the regular season with wins over Cal Baptist and regular season conference-champs BYU.
  • UCSB Clinches Playoff Match at Home with Upset of BYU
    April 11, 2014
    UCSB Clinches Playoff Match at Home with Upset of BYU SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—Honoring the final match for seniors Evan Licht, Matt Hanley, Ryan Thompson, and Chad Kingi, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos upset No.3 BYU in dominant fashion (21-25, 25-15, 25-22, 28-26). The win—in combination with UC Irvine’s loss tonight to Stanford—sets the Gauchos up to host a playoff match in Santa Barbara next Saturday. This marks the first time since 2007 the Gauchos have hosted a playoff match.
  • Fifth-Ranked Gauchos Clinch Postseason Berth After Sweeping Cal Baptist
    April 09, 2014
    Fifth-Ranked Gauchos Clinch Postseason Berth After Sweeping Cal Baptist The fifth-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team recorded a season-best .557 team hitting percentage to sweep unranked Cal Baptist on Wednesday night at Rob Gym and clinch a spot in the MPSF Tournament for the second consecutive season.
  • No. 5 Gauchos Close Out Regular Season by Hosting Cal Baptist, BYU
    April 08, 2014
    No. 5 Gauchos Close Out Regular Season by Hosting Cal Baptist, BYU Heading into the final week of the season, UCSB needs just one win from their final two matches OR a single loss from either Hawai’i or Long Beach State to clinch a spot in the MPSF Tournament.
  • Friday's Men's Volleyball Match Against BYU Moved to Rob Gym
    April 07, 2014
    Friday's Men's Volleyball Match Against BYU Moved to Rob Gym This friday night's men's volleyball match against BYU has been moved from the Events Center to Rob Gym, the team announced today.
  • Northridge Downs Gauchos in Four Sets
    April 05, 2014
    Northridge Downs Gauchos in Four Sets NORTHRIDGE, Calif.— Following a decisive win against Long Beach, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos were unable to overcome Northridge, losing in four sets (25-18, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23). With the loss, UCSB falls to 15-8, 14-8 MPSF, but are still in contention to make—and host—a playoff match.
  • Career Night from Three Gauchos Powers Team Past Long Beach in Five Sets
    April 03, 2014
    Career Night from Three Gauchos Powers Team Past Long Beach in Five Sets LONG BEACH, Calif.—The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos pushed passed a well-matched Long Beach State squad in five tight sets (16-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12). Led by career numbers offensively by Matt Hanley's 21 kills—setup by Jonah Seif's career assists (61)—and defensively by Chad Kingi's 24 digs, UCSB improves to 15-7, 14-7 MPSF. Seif also dominated at the net by setting a career-best in solo blocks (3).
  • No. 5 UCSB Travels South to LBSU, CSUN With Chance to Clinch Playoff Spot
    April 01, 2014
    No. 5 UCSB Travels South to LBSU, CSUN With Chance to Clinch Playoff Spot After a 1-1 week, the Gauchos stayed at No. 5 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll this week.
  • Gauchos Unable to Complete Comeback Against BYU, Still In Contention for Playoffs
    March 28, 2014
    Gauchos Unable to Complete Comeback Against BYU, Still In Contention for Playoffs PROVO, Utah—Coming within two points of a win in the fifth set against a BYU squad that remains undefeated at home (25-17, 22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13), the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos slip to 14-7, 13-7 MPSF. Despite the loss, the Gauchos are still in contention for the post season with the possibility to host the first round match.
  • No. 5 Gauchos Pull Off Sweep at Cal Baptist
    March 26, 2014
    No. 5 Gauchos Pull Off Sweep at Cal Baptist Junior outside hitter Weston Nielsen and senior opposite Evan Licht had a dozen kills apiece Wednesday night in a three-game sweep on the road at Cal Baptist, reducing the team's magic number to clinch a playoff spot to three.
  • Recharged Gauchos Travel to Cal Baptist, Face Cougars on BYU TV
    March 25, 2014
    Recharged Gauchos Travel to Cal Baptist, Face Cougars on BYU TV After 18 conference matches and a 12-6 MPSF record, UCSB’s magic number to clinch a spot in the conference tournament is at four.
  • No. 4 Gauchos Stunned at Home Despite Record-Setting Individual Performances
    March 14, 2014
    No. 4 Gauchos Stunned at Home Despite Record-Setting Individual Performances SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- The fourth-ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos were stunned at home by fifth-ranked Pepperdine (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 12-15) in front of nearly 500 faithful, but not without first having four players reach career, and even all-program, numbers. The Gauchos fall to 13-6, 12-6 MPSF while the Waves improve to 12-5, 12-5 MPSF.
  • Gauchos Bounce Back From Two Down to Upend USC in Five Sets
    March 12, 2014
    Gauchos Bounce Back From Two Down to Upend USC in Five Sets No. 4 UC Santa Barbara shook off a two-set deficit and staged one of the most thrilling comebacks of the season on Wednesday night, toppling ninth-ranked USC in five games and improving the team's record-mark at home to 10-1.
  • Fourth-Ranked Gauchos Receive Highest Ranking of the Season, Host USC and Pepperdine
    March 11, 2014
    Fourth-Ranked Gauchos Receive Highest Ranking of the Season, Host USC and Pepperdine UCSB kicked off a four-match homestand by sweeping fifth-ranked UCLA on Wednesday before taking down UCSD in straight sets on Friday.
  • Gauchos Record Historic Sweep Over UCLA, Extend Impressive Rob Gym Record
    March 05, 2014
    Gauchos Record Historic Sweep Over UCLA, Extend Impressive Rob Gym Record After suffering a deflating loss at Pauley Pavillion in January that halted a season-opening five match winning streak, UC Santa Barbara got its revenge on Wednesday night, recording a historic sweep over the visiting UCLA Bruins at Rob Gym.
  • Seventh-Ranked Gauchos Return to Rob to Host UCLA, UC San Diego
    March 03, 2014
    Seventh-Ranked Gauchos Return to Rob to Host UCLA, UC San Diego UCSB wrapped up a four-match road trip by travelling to UC Irvine and UC San Diego, falling in four games to the Anteaters before recovering for a straight-set sweep over the Tritons.
  • Solid Performance from Hanley Leads Gauchos Sweep of UC San Diego
    March 01, 2014
    Solid Performance from Hanley Leads Gauchos Sweep of UC San Diego SAN DIEGO, Calif.- Senior outside hitter Matt Hanley’s career best performance for kills (20), at a .731 clip, and service aces (3) drove UC Santa Barbara’s sweep of UC San Diego (25-20, 25-16, 25-18). The Gauchos improve to 10-5 overall, 9-5 MPSF as the season progresses into its second half.
  • UCSB Falls to UC Irvine in Four Sets
    February 28, 2014
    UCSB Falls to UC Irvine in Four Sets IRVINE, Calif.- Following the sweep of Pacific, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos travelled south to face defending national champions UC Irvine. Previously defeated in five sets at home, the Gauchos were unable to overcome UCI on the road (25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 25-20). UCSB overall drops to 9-5 overall, 8-5 MPSF.
  • Sixth-Ranked Gauchos Wrap Up Road Swing With UC Irvine, UC San Diego
    February 27, 2014
    Sixth-Ranked Gauchos Wrap Up Road Swing With UC Irvine, UC San Diego UCSB kicked off a four-match homestand last week by falling at ninth-ranked Stanford before sweeping Pacific.
  • UCSB Displays Strong Rebound With Sweep of Pacific
    February 22, 2014
    UCSB Displays Strong Rebound With Sweep of Pacific STOCKTON, Calif. - Following a hard loss against Stanford the previous night, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos rallied to dominate University of the Pacific in straight sets (25-15, 25-17, 25-23). This victory marks the first defeat of Pacific in straight sets since 2010 and the first win at Pacific since 2011. UCSB improves to 9-4 overall, 8-4 MPSF.
  • No. 5 Gauchos Fall on the Road to No. 9 Stanford in Straight Sets
    February 21, 2014
    No. 5 Gauchos Fall on the Road to No. 9 Stanford in Straight Sets PALO ALTO, Calif.- In their first of four away matches, the No. 5 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (8-4, 7-4 MPSF) were defeated in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-17) against the No. 9 Stanford Cardinal (9-5, 6-5 MPSF). UCSB had previously defeated Stanford at home in five sets when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1 overall.
  • Fifth-Ranked Men's Volleyball Looks to Stay Hot, Travels to Stanford and Pacific
    February 20, 2014
    Fifth-Ranked Men's Volleyball Looks to Stay Hot, Travels to Stanford and Pacific Last week saw the Gauchos wrap up a stretch of playing 10 of their first 13 matches of the season on home court.
  • Gauchos Win Third Straight Match Over No. 6 Long Beach, Improve to Third in Conference
    February 14, 2014
    Gauchos Win Third Straight Match Over No. 6 Long Beach, Improve to Third in Conference SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- The No. 7 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos won their third straight game, defeating equally matched No. 6 Long Beach State in four tightly contested sets (30-28, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20). With the win, and Pepperdine’s concurrent loss at UC Irvine, the Gauchos now move into third place in the MPSF conference standings with a record of 8-3 overall, 7-3 in conference.
  • Gauchos Breeze Past No. 13 CSUN in Wednesday Sweep
    February 12, 2014
    Gauchos Breeze Past No. 13 CSUN in Wednesday Sweep Seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara continued its dominant play at home on Wednesday night, making quick work of visiting No. 13 Cal State Northridge in a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-19, 25-16) at Rob Gym.
  • Men's Volley Returns Home to Host Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State
    February 11, 2014
    Men's Volley Returns Home to Host Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State Last week, UC Santa Barbara earned a 1-1 split playing on the road against a pair of top-5 teams in the nation, falling in five sets at No. 5 USC before triumphing at No. 3 Pepperdine.
  • Seif Named MPSF Conference Player of the Week
    February 10, 2014
    Seif Named MPSF Conference Player of the Week Sophomore setter Jonah Seif was named the MPSF/Molten Player of the Week after leading the team in a pair of impressive performances – including his second career double-double – against top-five teams last week, the conference announced today.
  • UCSB Bounces Back With Win Over No. 3 Pepperdine
    February 08, 2014
    UCSB Bounces Back With Win Over No. 3 Pepperdine After a disappointing loss to USC earlier this week, eighth-ranked UC Santa Barbara rebounded in a big way by downing No. 3 Pepperdine in five sets on Saturday night at the Firestone Fieldhouse.
  • Seif's Triple-Double Not Enough as No. 8 Gauchos Fall to USC in Five
    February 06, 2014
    Seif's Triple-Double Not Enough as No. 8 Gauchos Fall to USC in Five The second triple-double in sophomore setter Jonah Seif's young career was not enough to propel the eighth-ranked Gauchos over No. 5 USC on Thursday night, as the Gauchos fell just short in a 3-2 loss (20-25, 34-32, 23-25, 27-25, 15-X) at the Galen Center.
  • No. 8 UCSB Hits Road for Top-5 Matchups at USC, Pepperdine
    February 04, 2014
    No. 8 UCSB Hits Road for Top-5 Matchups at USC, Pepperdine After picking up their first two losses of the season, the Gauchos rebounded in a strong way by beating then-No. 11 Hawai’i on consecutive nights.
  • Clutch Performances From Licht, Seif Catapult No. 9 UCSB Past No. 11 Hawai'i in Five Sets
    January 31, 2014
    Clutch Performances From Licht, Seif Catapult No. 9 UCSB Past No. 11 Hawai'i in Five Sets Ninth-ranked UC Santa Barbara improved its home record to an impressive 5-1 mark on Friday night after besting visiting Hawai'i for the second time in as many nights, extending its winning streak over the Rainbow Warriors to seven matches with a nailbiting 3-2 victory.
  • Gauchos End Two-Match Losing Streak With Solid Win Over Hawai’i
    January 30, 2014
    Gauchos End Two-Match Losing Streak With Solid Win Over Hawai’i SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The No. 9 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos defeated the No. 11 Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors in a strong, yet close, performance (25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23). The Gauchos improve to 4-2 overall, 3-2 MPSF and snap their two-match losing streak after being swept at UCLA and dropping a heartbreaker in five sets to UC Irvine.
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