UCSB Earns Second Sweep of the Week Against Cal Baptist

Corey Chavers (Photo by Vince Agapito)
Corey Chavers (Photo by Vince Agapito)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The No. 8 Gauchos knocked out their second win this week at Rob Gym, defeating No. 15 Cal Baptist in three sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20. Their second consecutive sweep brought them to 13-6 overall, and 9-5 in conference play.

UCSB put up incredible numbers against the Lancers, with four players picking up over .400 clips and the team hitting .461 overall. Senior outside Austin Kingi put up 12 kills in three games, producing a .455 clip. Senior setter Jonah Seif, in addition to his 35 assists, hit .500 with three kills; he also shut down the Cal Baptist defense with two service aces.

"It was nice getting two sweeps this week so we could get some more momentum before playing UCLA next week. Our mentality coming in was to find a rhythm with the hitters and win the serve receive battle," said Kingi.

It was also a big night for the new class of Gauchos. Freshman right side Corey Chavers and middle Henri Cherry had a combined 17 kills (10 and 7) with .412 and .778 clips respectively. Both were also consistent serving presences, with Chavers grabbing two service aces of his own.

The first game showed both teams fighting for each point, though UCSB took it for their own at 25-20. Consecutive kills from Cherry, Chavers, and senior outside Jacob Delson brought the Gauchos ahead of the tie, from 6-6 to 7-9, breaking a rally-scoring pattern. Service errors from the Lancers and a game ending kill from Kingi solidified the win.

Cherry continued his consistency by starting off the second game, 25-16, with a kill and picking up two more later on. Seif's service aces came into play at 11-7 and 12-7, while Chavers brought the victory with a service ace of his own.

UCSB earned the night's win with a strong third game showing at 25-20. Both Chavers and Kingi found five of their kills this game, while Cherry and his solo block took the final point. Junior libero Parker Boehle held down the back line against the Lancer offense.

UC Santa Barbara looks to continue their winning streak with two games against UCLA coming up, the first in Los Angeles this Wednesday, March 2 at 7PM. They return to Rob Gym next Friday, March 4.