Feb. 12, 2007
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UCSB men's volleyball player Evan Patak has been named both the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week as well as the Molten Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player of the Week. Patak helped lead the Gauchos to their first two-match series sweep of Hawai'i since 1987 on Feb. 8-9.
In their first match, a five-game UCSB win, Patak landed a match-high 32 kills on 71 attempts, good for a hitting percentage of .268. It was his fourth 30+-kill performance of the season. The senior opposite hitter added a career-high 17 digs as well as three aces in the victory. The 32 kills and 17 digs made for Patak's second double-double of the year.
During the following night's four-game triumph, Patak slammed 18 more kills (a match-high) on 42 attempts for a .286 hitting percentage, while adding five digs, five blocks, and seven aces.
For the weekend, Patak averaged 5.56 kills, 1.11 aces, 2.44 digs, and 7.06 points per game, while hitting .274.
Patak has now won the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week honor three times in his career (3/1/04 and 1/31/05). It is the eighth time overall a Gaucho has won the award.
Patak shares the MPSF honor with Pacific's Pekka Seppanen, a junior outside hitter. It is the second time this season that Patak has received the league award (1/15).
UCSB (10-3, 8-2 MPSF), which moved up one spot to No. 3 in this week's AVCA national poll, hosts UC San Diego Feb. 15 and No. 13 Long Beach State Feb. 17. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. at Robertson Gymnasium.