Feb. 1, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Cullen Irons has been named UCSBgauchos.com Athlete of the Week after tallying 22 kills in UCSB's 3-1 upset over No. 2 Stanford on January 28th and recording a career high .429 hitting percentage in the Gauchos' win over Pacific the next night.
In last Thursday's match versus the Cardinal, Irons racked up a .375 hitting percentage (22-7-40), matching his career-high he set the previous week against defending national champion, UC Irvine. It marked the first time UCSB had beaten Stanford since 2007.
The next night, Irons rocketed a match-high fifteen kills on 28 total attempts, setting a new personal best with a .429 hitting percentage. He added five digs, four block assists and an ace in the process.
For a video interview with Irons, click here.
Irons has reached the 20-kill plateau four times this season and has recorded two double-doubles on the season. After starting 1-4, the Gauchos sit at 4-5 overall, 4-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, good enough for third place.
UCSB has two home matches this week. On Wednesday, the Gauchos will welcome Pepperdine, who recently beat top-ranked USC. The Trojans visit UCSB on Friday. Both matches start at 7 p.m.