January 10, 2009

No. 14 UCSB Upsets No. 4 Long Beach State to Place Third at Elephant Bar Invite

Jan. 10, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Backed by a match-high 18 kills from Jeff Menzel, the No. 14 UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team upset No. 4 Long Beach State, 3-0, Saturday to claim third place in its own 45th Annual Elephant Bar Restaurant Collegiate Invitational at Robertson Gymnasium. Cal State Northridge topped Stanford to win the championship.

UCSB (2-1) won by scores of 30-25, 30-19, and 30-26 over Long Beach (1-2). The Gauchos hit .323 while the 49ers swung at a .191 clip for the match. Menzel, a sophomore outside hitter and Santa Barbara native, hit .308 with the 18 kills and just six errors in 39 sets. He also added six digs and two aces and totaled 21.5 points en route to being named to the all-tournament team. Opposite Jake Rosener and middle blocker Scott Slaughter, who was also tabbed all-tourney, each posted 10 kills. Slaughter had no errors in 16 swings (.625) while adding five blocks.

Long Beach State was led by Tommy Pestolesi with 11 kills.

In the title match, Northridge hit .324 and took down Stanford in four sets, 21-30, 30-20, 30-27, 30-20. Tourney most valuable player Eric Vance had a match-best 20 kills for the Matadors. He also rung up eight digs and three blocks.

UC Irvine blanked UCLA to finish fifth and BYU shutout Pacific to take seventh place.

UCSB begins its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation campaign at home as it hosts UC Irvine on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or online through Ticket Return.

Friday, January 9 - first round
UC Santa Barbara 3, Pacific 1 (29-31, 30-28, 31-29, 30-25)
Cal State Northridge 3, UCLA 1 (24-30, 30-26, 30-18, 30-21)
Stanford 3, BYU 0 (30-25, 30-24, 30-18)
Long Beach State 3, UC Irvine 0 (30-28, 30-28, 30-25)

Friday, January 9 - second round
Cal State Northridge 3, UC Santa Barbara 1 (30-28, 30-23, 28-30, 30-21)
Stanford 3, Long Beach State 1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-20, 30-28)
UCLA 3, Pacific 0 (30-25, 32-30, 30-26)
UC Irvine 3, BYU 1 (30-28, 32-30, 29-31, 30-27)

Saturday, January 10 - 7th/8th place match: BYU 3, Pacific 0 (30-28, 30-18, 30-26)
Saturday, January 10 - 5th/6th place match: UC Irvine 3, UCLA 0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-25)
Saturday, January 10 - 3rd/4th place match: UC Santa Barbara 3, Long Beach State 0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-26)
Saturday, January 10 - Championship match: Cal State Northridge 3, Stanford 1 (21-30, 30-20, 30-27, 30-20)

Tournament Most Valuable Player
Eric Vance, OH, 6-4, Sr., Cal State Northridge

All-Tournament Team
Dean Bittner, OPP, 6-7, Jr., Long Beach State
Carson Clark, OPP, 6-5, Fr., UC Irvine
Mike Gaudino, OH, 6-4, Jr., Cal State Northridge
Jeff Menzel, OH, 6-5, So., UC Santa Barbara
Erik Shoji, LIB, 6-0, Fr., Stanford
Kawika Shoji, S, 6-3, Jr., Stanford
Scott Slaughter, MB, 6-7, So., UC Santa Barbara
Eric Vance, OH, 6-4, Sr., Cal State Northridge

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