January 28, 2006

No. 9 UCSB Sweeps Stanford, 30-27, 30-18, 30-19

Jan. 28, 2006

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Santa Barbara, Calif. - The No. 9 UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team (4-5 overall, 3-3 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) recorded its second sweep in as many days against unranked Stanford Saturday night at the Thunderdome, 30-27, 30-18, 30-19.

Evan Patak led the way for the Gauchos, recording 17 kills on 27 total attacks for a .556 hitting percentage. The junior opposite also added three assists to the UCSB effort.

Bryan Berman provided support for Patak, offering 13 kills on 18 attempts for a .667 hitting percentage.

In the first game, Stanford jumped out to a 20-16 lead on the back of Ben Reddy, who led the Cardinal with 13 kills. From there, Santa Barbara went on a 7-1 run to take a 23-21 lead and the Gauchos never looked back. Two kills from Patak, one kill from Berman and a finishing kill from Theo Brunner propelled the Gauchos to a game one victory.

In the second game, UCSB never trailed, though the teams fought to a 6-6 stalemate in the early goings. A 5-1 UCSB run separated the two teams as Stanford was plagued by two of its 12 service errors. Michael Fisher led the Gauchos in game two with six kills on nine attempts.

In the clinching game, UCSB broke a 10-10 tie with six straight points to push the lead to 16-10. UCSB pushed its lead to ten at 24-14 after a kill by Patak, allowing the Gauchos to cruise to a 30-19 game three victory.

As a team, UCSB hit .442 compared to Stanford's .110 clip.

UCSB will next travel to top-ranked Long Beach State for a 7:30 match this Wednesday.

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