Golden 1 Athlete of the Week

Jan. 8, 2007

Evan Patak
Men's Volleyball
Opposite Hitter, 6-8, 255, Senior
Pleasanton, Calif.

With his consistent play, Evan Patak helped lead the UCSB men's volleyball team to a 2-1 record and a third place finish against the nation's top competition at the 43rd Annual Elephant Bar Collegiate Invitational, hosted by UCSB Jan. 5-6.

The tourney featured eight squads from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, seven of which were ranked in the nation's top-15. UC Irvine, which won the tournament title, entered as the No. 1 team in the country. UCLA was ranked third, UCSB sixth, Cal State Northridge ninth, Long Beach State 10th, USC 12th, and Pacific 14th.

In three matches (10 games), Patak totaled 50 kills (5.00 KPG) and hit .321. He also recorded nine service aces, six blocks, and 62.0 points.

In a 3-0 win over the Trojans, Patak had a match-high 18 kills and hit .361. He added three blocks, two digs, and an ace while totaling a match-best 20.5 points. Patak remained consistent in a 3-0 loss vs. UCLA as he again put down 18 kills, a match co-high. He also had two aces, a block, and a team-best 20.5 points. In a 3-1 win over Northridge, Patak posted a team co-high 14 kills and again hit over .300 with a .333 clip. He contributed six of UCSB's 13 aces, had a pair of blocks, and led all players with 21.0 points.

In a 3-0 exhibition victory against Thompson Rivers Tuesday, Patak tallied a match-high 18 kills and hit .375.

For the season, Patak leads the Gauchos in kills (50), total attacks (109), aces (9), and points (62.0). He is third on the roster with six total blocks. Patak is one of just two Gauchos to have played in all 10 of UCSB's games thus far.