Jan. 12, 2009
Jeff had a strong all-around start to the season to help the Gauchos place third at the 45th Annual Elephant Bar Restaurant Collegiate Invitational.
UCSB, ranked 14th nationally at the time, defeated un-ranked Pacific 3-1, fell to No. 5 Cal State Northridge 3-1, and upset No. 4 Long Beach State 3-0 to take third.
Menzel, a sophomore outside hitter, posted match-highs in kills and points in all three matches. Against Pacific, he had 21 kills, four aces, four digs, and 25.5 points. Menzel totaled 27 kills, three aces, seven digs, and 31.5 points vs. Northridge and 18 kills, two aces, six digs, and 21.5 points in the win over Long Beach. He also hit .308 vs. the 49ers.
Menzel picked up all-tournament honors along with teammate Scott Slaughter, a sophomore middle blocker.