Feb. 4, 2006
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The No. 9 UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team (6-6 overall, 4-4 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) recorded its second sweep in two games, this time over UC Santa Cruz (5-4 overall), 30-24, 30-26, 30-20 Saturday night at Robertson Gym.
Sophomore middle blocker Theo Brunner and junior opposite Aaron Richman led the Gauchos with 12 kills apiece. Brunner finished with a .786 kill percentage after notching a kill on each of his first eight attacks.
For the Banana Slugs, Tyler Madded and Bryan Shires each tallied ten kills while Jesse Garber finished with five and David Henderson had four.
The Gauchos jumped out to an accelerated start, forging an 11-5 lead after a kill by Richman. UCSB would extend its lead to 22-12 after a kill from junior middle blocker David Kennedy, who recorded five kills on the night. UCSC trimmed the Santa Barbara lead down to five at 29-24, but another kill from Richman secured the first game for the Gauchos.
In the second game, Santa Cruz jumped out to an early lead at 9-8, but UCSB would go on an 11-4 run to take a 19-13 advantage. The Slugs fought back to curb the Gaucho lead to one at 22-21 after an attack error by Theo Brunner. Three Santa Cruz attack errors and a service error by Jesse Garber plagued Santa Cruz down the stretch of the second game, however, and the Gauchos took advantage, recording a 30-26 game two victory.
UCSB would never trail in the third game, maintaining leads as big as a ten three times. Sophomore outside hitter Phil Mathews recorded his first career kill after three seemingly successful attempts that were nullified by Gaucho violations.
As a team, Santa Barbara hit for a .374 percentage while UCSC hit for a .151 clip.
The Gauchos return to action this Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. match at UCLA when they hope to welcome back junior opposite Evan Patak who has been sideline for the past three games with a shoulder injury.