40 - Evan Patak
Birth Date: 06/23/1984
Height: 6-8
Weight: 255
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif.
High School: Foothill HS
Position: Opposite
Played in 20 matches and started 19 (72 games) before becoming ineligible...Despite missing nine matches, Patak was the national leader in kills per game at 5.88 (423 kills), aces per game at .722 (52 aces), and points per game (7.10)...In MPSF matches only, Patak led the league in kills per game at 6.06 (327 kills, 54 games), aces per game at .741 (40 aces), and points per game (7.13)...Had double figures in kills in all but one match...Posted 20 or more kills in 12 contests...His season-high of 31 kills came in his final match of the year at Cal State Northridge (3/31)...The 31 kills was the most by any Gaucho all season...Aced opponents five or more times in five matches, including a season-high seven against Hawai'i (1/14)...Set a new hitting percentage career-high by going 19-2-26 for a .654 clip against UC San Diego (3/3)...His season-high in points was 36 at Cal State Northridge (3/31), which was the highest point total put up by any UCSB player in 2006...led the Gauchos in kills (423), kills per game (5.88), attempts (810), aces (52), aces per game (.72), total points (501.5), and points per game (6.97).

Named First Team All-American and First Team All-MPSF, appearing in 106 games...Led the team with 1,149 total attacks, including 63 in two matches against Hawai'i...Led the nation with 586 kills, including a single match-high of 48 at Stanford to set an NCAA Division I-II rally scoring-era record with 53 total points...Set a new single season UCSB record after leading the Gauchos with 58 service aces...Finished the season third with 55 block assists, including a career-high nine at Hawai'i...Totaled 110 digs on the season, third on the squad...Twice named MPSF Player of the Week, once earning AVCA National Player of the Week accolades.

Earned AVCA and MPSF Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-American honors...Ranked fourth nationally with a 5.63 points per game average, fifth with a per game kill average of 4.75, and 13th in ace percentage at .385...Led the league in kill average (5.04), ranked fourth in ace average (.406), and fifth in points average (5.15)...Led the team with 432 kills, posting 32 against Cal State Northridge...Also led the Gauchos with 840 total attacks...Added a team-high 35 service aces, ranked second with 104 digs and third with 80 blocks.


National Team
Played for the U.S. National Team in the 2003 World University Games, helping lead Team USA to the bronze medal...Patak led all scorers with 21 points against France in the bronze medal match...In pool play, Patak led the team in back-to-back matches with 23 points against Ukraine and 29 kills in a victory over Canada...In the summer of 2004, Patak went on a six-city tour with Team USA and Japan...Was selected to participate in the 2005 World University Games, but was injured and did not play.

High School/Club
A 2002 graduate of Foothill, where he played middle and opposite...Three-time All-East Bay Athletic League First Team selection...Named the league's MVP as a senior...Once had a single-match high of 52 kills and 18 blocks...Also played basketball for the Falcons...Played middle and opposite for Diablo Valley in the club ranks...NCVA All-Tournament Team.

Born June 23, 1984 in Santa Maria, California...A sociology major with a minor in sports management..."Caddyshack" is his favorite movie...Listens to underground hip hop and metal...Also enjoys mountain biking, wakeboarding, and golfing...Lists "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" as his favorite video game...Has one older sister, Jessica...Son of Kim and Gloria Patak.