March 27, 2009
STOCKTON, Calif. - Jake Rosener matched his career-high with 18 kills as the 12th-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team handily swept unranked Pacific Friday in MPSF action at the Alex G. Spanos Center. It was the third time this season that the Gauchos, who took tonight's match by scores of 30-26, 30-22, and 30-25, defeated the Tigers.
UCSB improved to 8-13 overall and 4-12 in MPSF play, while Pacific fell to 3-20 and 0-14.
The Gauchos dominated offensively, hitting .344 (51-18-96) to the Tigers' .212 (41-20-99). Even when Pacific swung strong at .355 in the third set, Santa Barbara rose to the occasion and hit an impressive .485 in that frame. UCSB out-blocked Pacific 10 to 9 for the match.
Aside from Rosener, Jeff Menzel (12) and Cullen Irons (10) each posted double-digit kill totals. Menzel and Scott Slaughter each had five blocks and Mike Runkle had a match-high 10 digs. Splitting time at the setter position, Andy McGuire had 20 assists and Vince DeVany recorded 19.
The Tigers were led by Jeff Hendershot's 14 kills. Joe Forbes had five blocks.
UCSB opened its season with a 3-1 win over Pacific on Jan. 9 at the Elephant Bar Restaurant Collegiate Invitational. A 3-0 conference victory against the Tigers on Feb. 20 snapped a four-match losing slide for the Gauchos. UCSB has now won the past eight contests between the two squads.
UCSB plays at seventh-ranked Stanford Saturday. The Gauchos will be looking to avenge a 3-2 loss to the Cardinal back in February at Robertson Gymnasium. The rematch is slated for a 7 p.m. first serve at Maples Pavilion. The match can be followed with Gametracker at UCSBgauchos.com and gostanford.com will be providing online video coverage.
Santa Barbara will host No. 4 USC on Wednesday, Apr. 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online through Ticket Return, by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (805) 893-UCSB, or by visiting the ticket office inside the Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) building on campus.
In its ongoing effort to draw awareness to breast cancer and to promote its research, UCSB Athletics is sponsoring Pink Week Mar. 23-29. The softball, women's tennis, and women's water polo teams will feature promotions and other Pink Week activities at several of their games. Pink Week is part of UCSB Athletics' BE Great initiative.
**UCSB - a nationally recognized university in both academic and athletic excellence - is located on the central coast of California in a picturesque campus and community setting on the Pacific Ocean. Each year over 450 NCAA Division I Gaucho student-athletes compete for national championships, succeed in the classroom, and give back to the community.**
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