No. 14 UCSB Opens Season with Santa Barbara Invite, Jan. 7-8

No. 14 UCSB Opens Season with Santa Barbara Invite, Jan. 7-8

Jan. 6, 2010

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Competing Teams
#6 BYU, Cal Baptist, #9 Cal State Northridge, #7 Long Beach State, #2 UC Irvine, #8 UCLA, #13 UC San Diego, #14 UC Santa Barbara

The Schedule
Thursday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m. at Robertson Gymnasium
#14 UC Santa Barbara (0-0) vs. #9 Cal State Northridge (0-0)
Series record vs. the Matadors: 42-33
Streak: Lost 6
2009 Series: CSUN led 3-0
Last time out vs. the Matadors: L, 3-0 (4/18/10)
Match available on Gametracker

Thursday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. at Robertson Gymnasium
#14 UC Santa Barbara vs. TBD
Results of 11 a.m. matches will determine opponent.

Friday, Jan. 8, time TBD at Robertson Gymnasium
Results of Thursday's matches will determine opponent and match time.

How Can I Get Tickets?
The All-Session Pass, which allows fans to witness every match during the Santa Barbara Invitational, is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for youth. Single day passes are also available and go for $10 (adult), $8 (senior), and $5 (youth) apiece. UCSB students are free with a valid ID. For tickets, call the Athletics Ticket Office at 805.893.UCSB or get them at the Thunderdome and Rob Gym box offices beginning one hour prior to the match. You can visit our Ticket Office online here.

Faculty Free Friday
All UCSB faculty and staff will be admitted free to Friday's matches as part of the Faculty Free Fridays program. Just show your faculty or staff ID at the door and get in. It's that simple.

In the 2009 UCSB/Elephant Bar Collegiate Invitational, UCSB took third place thanks to victories over Pacific and Long Beach State. Backed by a match-high 18 kills from Jeff Menzel, UCSB upset the No. 4 ranked 49ers in the third-place match. The Gauchos' lone loss of the tournament came in the second round to eventual champion, Cal State Northridge, which topped Stanford in four sets, 21-30, 30-20, 30-27, 30-20, for the title. Tourney Most Valuable Player Eric Vance had a match-best 20 kills for the Matadors. He also rung up eight digs and three blocks. Scott Slaughter and Jeff Menzel were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Gauchos.

Dawn of a New Decade
UCSB returns all of its regular starters from the 2009 squad. Regulars Jeff Menzel and Cullen Irons will provide the power at the outside hitter positions. Sam Moisenco and Scott Slaughter are back as middle blockers with Jake Rosener attacking from the opposite position. Setter Vince Devany and libero Andy McGuire return for their junior campaigns.

2009 - Year of the Matador
UCSB and Cal State Northridge met three times during the 2009 season, with the Matadors winning all three contests. CSUN visitied UCSB for the last match of the regular season in 2009, where then-Gaucho seniors Matt Thobe and Mike Runkle started their last match as collegians. Cullen Irons and Jeff Menzel combined for 23 kills, but UCSB was swept in three sets. On Jan. 23 in the San Fernando Valley, Menzel had a match-high 13 kills, but the Gauchos were swept by scores of 30-21, 30-25, and 30-27 in an MPSF match. Irons added 10 kills and Andy McGuire recorded a match-high nine digs for UCSB. CSUN defeated UCSB in four sets at the Elephant Bar tourney in early January.

Movin' On Up
To date, junior Jeff Menzel has 980 kills (530 in 2009, 450 in 2008) and needs 20 more to become the 11th Gaucho in the history of the program to reach the 1,000 kill benchmark. The last to accomplish the feat was middle Theo Brunner, who collected 1,163 kills between 2005 and 2008.

Kill or Be Killed
Menzel's 530 kills in 2009 was the eighth most any Gaucho has compiled during a single season. Menzel is currently 10th on UCSB's all-time list with 2,177 total attack attempts. His 1,185 attack attempts in 2009 are the fifth most in UCSB single-season history.

Settin' the Table
Junior setter Vince Devany dished out 1,223 assists last season, the 11th highest season total in school history. His 13.15 assists per game last season was fifth-best in the nation.

You Dig?
Junior Andy McGuire returns as libero for UCSB after totaling 219 digs in 89 sets played, an average of 2.46 digs per set.

Tickets For All Matches This Season Are Available
You can purchase tickets by calling 805.893.UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or buy online and print at home by clicking here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

BE Great
In 2009, UCSB Athletics unvelied the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity and social awareness, and ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

The Gaucho Way
As a championship-caliber program, UCSB Athletics recognizes the responsibility that goes with it. This simply means all student-athlets, staff, and fans will behave with a champion's approach, creating a safe environment at games and events. All of those who attend, compete, or work at Gaucho events are caretakers of the passionate, exciting, and great experience UCSB is known for. This is "The Gaucho Way."

Gauchos Give
In October 2008, UCSB Athletics launched the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative for all 450 athletes and 20 sports. Gaucho athletes give back to their community through free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth groups.

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