January 21, 2009

No. 10 UCSB Faces Light Week But Heavy Opponent in No. 2 Cal State Northridge

Jan. 21, 2009

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The Schedule
Friday, Jan. 23 - 7 p.m.
No. 10 UCSB (2-3, 0-2 MPSF) at No. 2 Cal State Northridge (5-0, 2-0 MPSF)
The Matadome - Northridge, Calif.
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Against Cal State Northridge
Last Meeting: 1/9/09 at UCSB (E-Bar)
Result: CSUN 3, UCSB 1 (30-28, 30-23, 28-30, 30-21)
2009 Series: CSUN leads 1-0
2008 Series: CSUN led 3-0
All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 42-31
Last UCSB Win: 4/6/07 at UCSB
Result: UCSB 3, CSUN 0 (30-24, 31-29, 30-21)
Current Streak: CSUN four wins

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 select men's volleyball matches 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.

Santa Barbara News Press Kids to College Matches
Two matches this season have been designated Santa Barbara News Press Kids to College nights - Friday, Mar. 13 vs. UCLA and Saturday, Apr. 4 vs. Pepperdine. All youth 13 and under will be admitted to these matches free! The program is designed to give local youth the opportunity to experience the thrill of top-notch collegiate athletics events in person. For more information, please call 805.893.UCSB or visit UCSBgauchos.com.

Despite Menzel's Performance, Gauchos Blanked at UCLA
In its first road match of the season, ninth-ranked UCSB was swept in three sets at No. 8 UCLA. Scores went 33-31, 30-28, and 30-28 in front of 701 at Pauley Pavilion. The Gauchos held advantages in attack percentage (.350 to .347), digs (31 to 29), and blocks (7.5 to 7.0). However, UCSB made 21 service errors. Jeff Menzel posted a match-high 24 kills and hit .419, a season-best. UCLA was paced by Garrett Muagututia and Brett Perrine, who had 14 and 13 kills, respectively. The match was the 142nd meeting between the two rivals. The Bruins hold a commanding 113-29 lead in the series and have won the last two match-ups. The Gauchos will try to salvage a season split when they host the Bruins at Robertson Gymnasium on Friday, Mar. 13.

Local Boy Continues to Make Good
Santa Barbara native Jeff Menzel has picked up right where he left off last season - leading the Gauchos offensively. He has posted team-high kill totals in all five matches, including a career-best 27 against Northridge. Menzel has also taken more swings than any other Gaucho in all five contests. In fact, he has amassed 226 attack attempts. Second on the list is Jake Rosener with 135, 91 less than Menzel. As a team, UCSB has 577 attacks, almost 40% of those coming by way of Menzel's arm. Last season, Menzel averaged 4.74 kills per set and 10.44 attempts per set - this season, he's at 6.17 and 12.56. His 6.17 kills per set ranks second in the league behind Long Beach State's Dean Bittner (7.20). Menzel also ranks second in points per set (6.97), again behind Bittner (8.20). He's currently hitting .257, up from .220 in 2008, and has 561 career kills over 32 matches.

Days of Wine and Roseners
Junior Jake Rosener, who had played in 30 career matches prior to this season, has started all five this year at opposite. He's second on the team in kills (55), attempts (135), aces (7), and points (68.5) and is third in digs (20). Rosener has re-set almost all of his career-highs this season, including kills (16 vs. Pacific).

Set Me Up
Sophomore setter Vince Devany has started all five matches and played in all 18 sets to date. He's averaging 13.06 assists per set, good for fourth in the MPSF. Devany opened the season with 58 assists vs. Pacific, just two short of his career-high. He also has 11 total blocks, fourth on the team.

Nielsen Ratings
Redshirt freshman Blaine Nielsen got his first career start on Jan. 14 vs. UC Irvine, filling in for the injured Trey Valbuena on the outside. Two nights later at UCLA, Nielsen came off the bench to produce career-highs in kills (7), attack percentage (.667), and points (8.5).

Up the Middle
UCSB has gotten some solid play from its two starting middle blockers - Sam Moisenco and Scott Slaughter. Moisenco leads the Gauchos with 26 total blocks and an average of 1.44 per set, which ranks third in the MPSF. Slaughter leads the squad with a .493 attack percentage. That number is second in the league behind Long Beach State's Jim Baughman (.535).

Nielsen, Slaughter on KCSB This Wednesday
Blaine Nielsen and Scott Slaughter will be the guests on KCSB's sports show this Wednesday. It airs on 91.9 FM from 5-5:30 p.m.

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. McLaughlin is just the second head coach of the Gauchos since 1979. He replaced Ken Preston, who retired in 2008 following 30 seasons as the top man on the Santa Barbara bench.

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. UCSB went 2-1 in the tourney with wins over Pacific and Long Beach and a loss against Cal State Northridge.

Menzel, Slaughter Named to All-Tournament Team
UCSB's Jeff Menzel and Scott Slaughter were both named to the all-tourney team at the 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. Northridge, which won the tournament, had Eric Vance named the MVP.

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.

The Gaucho Way
As a championship-caliber program, UCSB Athletics recognizes the responsibility that goes with it. This simply means all student-athletes, 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."

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