Jan. 19, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Despite a career-high 24 kills from freshman Jeff Menzel, the UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team suffered a 3-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) loss against Cal State Northridge Saturday at Robertson Gymnasium.
In their MPSF home opener, the 14th-ranked Gauchos (1-5, 0-3 MPSF) were downed 31-33, 30-28, 30-24, and 30-24 by the eighth-ranked Matadors (4-2, 2-1 MPSF).
Menzel, a true freshman, added seven digs, three blocks, and a team-high 27.0 points. Theo Brunner, who was moved back to his usual middle blocker position, went for 12 kills and 13.0 points. Menzel was playing opposite hitter tonight, a position that Brunner had played in UCSB's previous five matches.
At the net, Gaucho Sam Moisenco totaled a match-high eight blocks.
Northridge got a career-high 26 kills out of Eric Vance. Vance hit well, committing just five errors in 52 swings, good for a match-best .400 attack percentage. Cody Loe chipped in with 11 kills and Mike Gaudino was just behind with 10.
Again, UCSB was lethargic on the attack, posting a .163 attack percentage to CSUN's .278.
Santa Barbara is now 0-2 against Northridge this season. The Matadors blanked the Gauchos Jan. 4 as part of the Elephant Bar Restaurant Collegiate Invitational.
Tonight's match was the first of a five-match home stand for UCSB. Next up at Rob Gym is Stanford (Jan. 25), Pacific (Jan. 26), and a pair against Hawai'I (Feb. 1-2). All four matches are 7 p.m. starts.
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