No. 9 UCSB Opens MPSF Season Wednesday at Home vs. No. 5 UC Irvine

Jan. 13, 2009

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The Schedule
Wednesday, Jan. 14 - 7 p.m.
#9 UCSB (2-1, 0-0) vs. #5 UC Irvine (3-1, 0-0)
Robertson Gymnasium
Santa Barbara, Calif.
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Gametracker

Friday, Jan. 16 - 7 p.m.
#9 UCSB (2-1, 0-0) at #8 UCLA (1-2, 0-0)
Pauley Pavilion
Los Angeles, Calif.
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Against UC Irvine
Last Meeting: 4/5/08 at UCSB
Result: UCI 3, UCSB 0 (32-30, 30-27, 30-20)
2009 Series: Have not met
2008 Series: UCI led 3-0
All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 43-16
Last UCSB Win: 1/6/06 at UCSB (E-Bar)
Result: UCSB 3, UCI 2 (30-24, 30-27, 27-30, 28-30, 15-10)
Current Streak: UCI seven wins

Against UCLA
Last Meeting: 4/2/08 at UCLA
Result: UCLA 3, UCSB 1 (29-31, 30-21, 30-24, 33-31)
2009 Series: Have not met
2008 Series: Tied 1-1
All-Time Series Record: UCLA leads 112-29
Last UCSB Win: 2/20/08 at UCSB
Result: UCSB 3, UCLA 1 (30-21, 31-29, 25-30, 30-24)
Current Streak: UCLA one win

Order Tickets Online
This season, fans have the option of purchasing men's volleyball tickets online through Ticket Return. Additionally, tickets are available by calling the Ticket Office at 805.893.UCSB or by visiting the Ticket Office, located in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus. Individual match prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (55 and above), and $3 for youths (ages 4 to 13).

Can't Make it to the Court?
KCSB 91.9 FM, UC Santa Barbara's student station, will once again provide live coverage of men's volleyball on 91.9 FM and online at KCSB.org. Here's the season schedule:

Jan. 31 vs. BYU - 91.9 FM and online at KCSB.org
Feb. 6 vs. UC San Diego - online only at KCSB.org
Feb. 20 vs. Pacific - 91.9 FM and online at KCSB.org
Mar. 11 vs. George Mason - 91.9 FM and online at KCSB.org
Apr. 1 vs. USC - 91.9 FM and online at KCSB.org

Can't Make it to the Court? - Part II
UCSB men's volleyball matches can be followed live online with Gametracker. All home matches and select road contests will be included. Just log on to UCSBgauchos.com, go to the men's volleyball schedule, and click on the Gametracker link for the match you're interested in. You can follow each point and even view player bios. Gametracker is free of charge and works on PCs and Macs. You just need to have Flash and Java installed and enabled.

McLaughlin Wins First Career Match
Rick McLaughlin picked up his first career UCSB win in his first career UCSB match as the Gauchos topped Pacific 3-1 in opening round play of the 45th Annual Elephant Bar Restaurant Collegiate Invitational. Jeff Menzel led all players with 21 kills and 25.5 points. Jake Rosener followed with 16 kills and Trey Valbuena chipped in with 13. Vince DeVany registered 58 assists and Scott Slaughter had eight blocks. For the Tigers, Jason Borchin had 12 kills and Jeff Hendershot added 10. The Gauchos dropped in 15 service aces, four of those coming from Menzel. Pacific out-blocked UCSB 17.5 to 12 and out-hit its opponent .289 to .224.

Matadors Take Down Gauchos in Four Sets
In the second round of the E-Bar, No. 5 Cal State Northridge posted a 3-1 victory over No. 14 UCSB. Jeff Menzel again proved to be the go-to man on the attack as he posted a match-high 27 kills and 31.5 points. Sam Moisenco had eight blocks while Menzel and Andy McGuire each posted seven digs. The Matadors had three players hit double figures in kills as Eric Vance had 19, Mike Gaudino totaled 15, and Tanner Nua added 11. Libero Ali'i Keohohou had a match-best 10 digs as CSUN out-hit UCSB .277 to .191. Nua and Vance each had four service aces.

No. 14 UCSB Upsets No. 4 Long Beach State to Place Third in E-Bar
Backed by a match-high 18 kills from Jeff Menzel, UCSB upset Long Beach State 3-0 to claim third place in its own E-Bar tourney. The Gauchos hit .323 while the 49ers swung at a .191 clip for the match. Menzel hit .308 with the 18 kills and just six errors in 39 sets. He also added six digs and two aces and totaled 21.5 points. Jake Rosener and Scott Slaughter each posted 10 kills. Slaughter had no errors in 16 swings (.625) while adding five blocks. Long Beach State was led by Tommy Pestolesi with 11 kills.

CSUN Wins E-Bar, Vance Named Tourney MVP
For the first time in history, Cal State Northridge won the title at the Elephant Bar tournament, defeating Stanford 3-1 in the championship match at UCSB. CSUN hit a solid .324 while Stanford swung at .212. Eric Vance had a match-high 20 kills for the Matadors, who lost the opening set but came back to win the next three. Four Matadors had 10 or more kills while Mike Gaudino had 15 digs. Evan Romero paced the Cardinal with 18 kills and Erik Shoji had a match-best 16 digs. Vance was named the tournament MVP, while Gaudino picked up all-tourney recognition. Erik and Kawika Shoji were both named to the all-tournament team for Stanford.

Menzel. Slaughter Named to All-Tournament Team
UCSB's Jeff Menzel and Scott Slaughter were both named to the all-tourney team at last week's Elephant Bar in Santa Barbara. Menzel totaled 66 kills and posted match-high 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. Slaughter was instrumental in the third-place match win against Long Beach. He had 10 kills, hit .625 with no hitting errors, and added two service aces and five blocks. Slaughter started the season with eight blocks and nine kills vs. Pacific and then totaled five kills, an ace, four digs, and three blocks against CSUN.

Gauchos Ink Two Highly-Touted Recruits
UCSB has received National Letters of Intent from two highly-touted recruits - middle blocker Dylan Davis (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar High School) and setter Oliver Deutschman (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Crossroads School) - that will don the blue and gold for the 2010 season. The six-foot-eight Davis is widely considered the nation's top class of 2009 middle blocker and one of the top two recruits at any position. In club ball, Davis' highly-ranked Balboa Bay team won a silver medal in the 17-and-under division at the 2008 Junior Olympics, where Davis was tabbed a First Team All-American. He was also a starter on the U.S. Youth National Team that won gold at the 2008 NORCECA Championships and qualified for the 2009 Youth National World Championships in Italy this coming summer. Heralded as the top setter in the country from the class of 2009, Deutschman won gold at the 2008 Junior Olympics, topping Davis' Balboa Bay squad in the 17-and-under title match. Like Davis, the six-foot-four Deutschman was named a First Team All-American following the tournament. He was also a starter, along with Davis, on the U.S. Youth National Team that won the 2008 NORCECA title and qualified to compete at the 2009 Youth National World Championships in Italy.