January 14, 2011

Gauchos Sweep Tritons

Jan. 14, 2011

Box Score

UCSB got off to an ideal start to conference play Friday night in San Diego, beating the Tritons in straight sets, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21). The win brings the Gauchos' record to 1-0 (3-1).

UC San Diego was coming off of an unexpected upset over preseason No. 2 ranked UC Irvine, but the Tritons were unable to hold off the Gauchos' attack. Senior outside hitter Jeff Menzel and senior opposite Cullen Irons each finished with a team-leading 12 kills. UCSB played a particularly strong team game, as four Gauchos finished with at least 8 kills.

Sophomore middle blocker Dylan Davis racked up 8 kills, and senior middle blocker Scott Slaughter turned in arguably his most impressive statistical match of the young season, recording 9 kills on a season-high .811 hitting percentage along with 6 blocks, another season high.

UCSB out-blocked UC San Diego 9-3 and also held them to a .194 hitting percentage for the match, including a .103 percentage in the decisive third set.

The Gauchos immediately hit the road for a match at UC Irvine on Saturday night. The highly ranked Anteaters will surely be looking to right the ship after dropping their first conference game to the unranked Tritons.

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