No. 14 UCSB Hosts No. 6 UCLA, Travels to No. 7 UC Irvine

Feb. 19, 2008

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The Schedule
Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m.
No. 14 UCSB vs. No. 6 UCLA
Robertson Gymnasium
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: KCSB 91.9 FM
Online Broadcast: KCSB.org
Gametracker: UCSBGauchos.com

Saturday, February 23, 2 p.m.
No. 14 UCSB at No. 7 UC Irvine
Bren Center
Irvine, Calif.
Gametracker: UCSBGauchos.com

Against UCLA
Last Meeting: 4/21/07 at UCSB (MPSF Quarterfinal)
Result: UCSB 3, UCLA 1 (30-17, 37-35, 27-30, 30-27)
2008 Series: Have not met
2007 Series: Tied 2-2
All-Time Series Record: UCLA leads 111-28
Last UCLA Win: 2/23/07 at UCLA
Result: UCLA 3, UCSB 1 (30-28, 30-24, 30-32, 30-19)
Current Streak: UCSB one win

Against UC Irvine
Last Meeting: 1/4/08 at UCSB (Elephant Bar tourney)
Result: UCI 3, UCSB 1 (30-21, 30-26, 28-30, 35-33)
2008 Series: UCI leads 1-0
2007 Series: UCI led 2-0
All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 43-14
Last UCSB Win: 1/6/06 at UCSB
Result: UCSB 3, UCI 2 (30-24, 30-27, 27-30, 28-30, 15-10)
Current Streak: UCI five wins

Several Matches to be Broadcast by KCSB
Starting with the Jan. 25 tilt against Stanford, KCSB will begin live broadcasts of select matches. You can either tune in to 91.9 FM or listen to the online broadcast at KCSB.org. The double-header against Hawai'i Feb. 1-2 will be broadcast live by KCSB with the second match available online only. You can listen online to the Feb. 15 match vs. UC Santa Cruz and the Feb. 20 contest against UCLA will be on the radio as well as online. Other matches may be added in the future.

Track the Matches Online
For the first time ever, 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.

No, They Don't Have to be adidas
The UCSB men's volleyball team and Athletics Department will be hosting a shoe drive on Wednesday, Feb. 20 during the UCLA match at Robertson Gymnasium. All shoes collected will be donated to a non-profit organization called Soles4Souls, which distributes shoes to people and places in need on five different continents. We are asking people to donate "gently used" or better shoes. Bring them to the match on the 20th and drop them in the bin at the entrance to the gym. All 19 UCSB sports teams will be donating shoes of their own. For more information, please visit soles4souls.org.

Gauchos Remain Perfect Against UC Santa Cruz
UCSB swept UC Santa Cruz by scores of 30-28, 30-28, and 30-28 Feb. 15 at Robertson Gymnasium. The Gauchos remained perfect against the Banana Slugs, holding a 14-0 lead in the all-time series. A total of 14 Gauchos played in the match. Outside hitter Phil Mathews led the team with nine kills while hitting .438 (9-2-16). Middle blocker Sam Moisenco and opposite Jake Rosener each contributed seven kills with Moisenco swinging at a .667 clip (7-1-9). He also added an ace, five blocks, and totaled a team high 11 points. Max Klineman started at setter and had 14 assists before being replaced by true freshman Vince DeVany. Devany had 21 helpers and was solid at the net, collecting four blocks. Santa Cruz got a match high 14 kills from Bryan Shires. Brad Sullivan followed with 13. Austin Einhorn and Alex Schwartz each had four blocks, while setter Eric Rowell racked up 39 assists. Neither squad attacked well with UCSB finishing at .222 (45-23-99) and UC Santa Cruz at .184 (44-25-103). The opening game was tied 28-28 before a Banana Slug service error and a hitting error gave the set to Santa Barbara. Game two saw much of the same as the game was tied at 27-27. An attack error and a kill by Mathews put UCSB up 29-27. UCSC shrugged off one game point with a kill by Shires, but another service error allowed the Gauchos to take the game. UCSB played from behind early in game three, but, once again, the game was tied at 28 all. Matt Thobe threw down a kill to put the Gauchos up by one and a block by Thobe, Devany, and Trey Valbuena iced the win for UCSB.

Are You Experienced?
UCSB's starting lineup looks quite a bit different than it did last season. Of the regular starters this year, only senior middle Theo Brunner (101 matches) and junior setter Max Klineman (69 matches) have extensive collegiate playing experience. On the outside, senior Phil Mathews has played in 25 career matches, 13 of those coming this season. Junior Mike Runkle, also on the outside, had played in three matches prior to 2008. Sophomore middle Sam Moisenco played in eight matches as a freshman last season, while middle Scott Slaughter and libero Andy McGuire are both redshirt freshman. Finally, opposite Jeff Menzel is a true freshman.

What a Difference a Month Makes
After starting the season with a 2-6 record in the month of January, UCSB has gone 4-1 thus far in Feburary. The only loss this month was at Stanford on Feb. 8. Much of the improvement is due to hitting, not just UCSB's but opponent's as well. The Gauchos hit just .225 in January and are currently hitting .247 in February. Opponents have gone from .315 all the way down to .244. UCSB has also increased its kills per game average from 13.93 to 16.45 and its digs per game average from 8.71 to 12.45 since January. The Gauchos are 3-0 at Rob Gym in February.

Runk Junk
Junior Mike Runkle has been a factor on the court since moving to outside hitter from setter. He's had 10 or more kills in three of UCSB's last five matches, including a career high 12 against Hawai'i (2/2). He also added a career best 13.5 points in that match. The day before, also vs. the Warriors, he hit a career high .562 (10-1-16). More recently, Runkle recorded double digit dig totals at Stanford (13) and Pacific (11) on Feb. 8 and 9. His 13 scoops vs. the Cardinal established a new career high. He also matched a career high with five blocks. In the Pacific match, Runkle posted a career high three aces and tied a career high with 13.5 points. Prior to this season, Runkle had just five career games to his credit. All five came in 2006 as he did not see any playing time in 2007.

Dandy Andy
Redshirt freshman Andy McGuire has started at libero in every match this season and is averaging 2.52 digs per game. On four occasions he has totaled 10 or more digs, including a career high 20 vs. Hawai'i (2/1). McGuire holds a .966 reception percentage with just 14 errors in 414 attempts.

Redshirt? I Don't Need no Stinking Redshirt!
Freshman setter Vince DeVany made his collegiate debut Jan. 26 against Pacific at Rob Gym. Originally scheduled to redshirt the 2008 season, Devany dressed against the Tigers and recorded his first career kill on his first career attempt. He also added four assists in the win. Devany and opposite Jeff Menzel are the only true freshman that have seen the floor so far for the Gauchos. Ben Douglas, Blaine Nielsen, Jordan Nuni, Jake Scalise, and Alex Williams are still scheduled to redshirt this year.

Preston Will Retire Following the 2008 Season
Ken Preston, easily the winningest coach in UCSB men's volleyball history and one of the winningest active coaches in the nation, will retire following the 2008 season, his 30th as head of the Gaucho program. Preston will remain a member of the UCSB Athletics Department through the end of 2008 and will assist in the search for his successor in the spring. Preston began his UCSB head coaching career in 1979. In his 29 seasons, he has compiled a 506-364 overall record for a winning percentage of .582. He has guided the program to 21 of its 29 seasons of .500 or better, including 19 winning seasons. His teams have qualified for 19 postseason appearances and in 1988, Preston's squad advanced to the NCAA Final Four and then the NCAA Championship match. In 2007, UCSB had one of its most successful seasons in several years with a 20-14 overall record and a 14-8 mark in the MPSF. The Gauchos, who climbed as high as No. 3 in the national rankings, posted a victory over visiting UCLA in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament to cap the campaign. Preston recorded his 500th career win with a victory at IPFW in March. In addition, two players - Theo Brunner and Evan Patak - were named AVCA First Team All-Americans. Prior to coming to UCSB, Preston coached at Cal Poly, Wright State (Dayton, Ohio), and Westmont College in Santa Barbara. In addition to his collegiate experience, Preston has spent extensive time on the international circuit, serving in both head and assistant coach capacities at the Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games, and the World University Games. A search for Preston's successor will take place in the spring. Preston will be a key member of the committee assigned to select the new coach.

New Mugs on the Coaching Staff
Head coach Ken Preston welcomes a pair new faces to his 2008 coaching staff. Most recently, Lee Nelson joined the Gauchos as associate head coach. Nelson replaced Aaron Mansfield, who left this summer to try out for the U.S. National Team as a libero. Nelson came from Fresno State, where he was the top assistant with the Bulldog women's program. He played at UCSB from 1985-89 and was also an assistant coach under Preston from 1997-99. Lee graduated from UCSB in 1991. He was raised in Santa Barbara and is a 1984 grad of Santa Barbara High School. Ricardo DoMonte was added to the staff during the summer of 2007. A native Brazilian, he coached the UCSB men's volleyball club team to a national championship in 2007. Since 2002, doMonte has served as the Volleyball Director for the Page Youth Center/Santa Barbara Boy's Volleyball Club. He has coached elite level players indoors and on the beach in both Brazil and United States, and has worked at several UCSB volleyball camps.

Gauchos Pick Up Four During Fall Signing Period
UCSB picked up four high school seniors during the 2007 fall signing period. Outside hitters Grant Goswiller, Mark Liebermann, and Matt Townsend, as well as middle blocker/opposite Jake Piva will don the blue and gold for the 2009 season. Goswiller, a 6-foot-3 outside, hails from Coto de Caza, Calif. and Tesoro High School. He has also played club ball for Balboa Bay and OC Riptides. Goswiller was an all-tournament selection at the 2007 Junior Olympics (17 Open) in Atlanta. Outside of volleyball, he was a member of the Lionsheart Community Service Club and the Invisible Children's Club. In the classroom, Goswiller was a three-year Presidential Honor Roll member. Liebermann is from Newport Beach, Calif. and Newport Harbor High School. The 6-foot-5 outside was part of a Balboa Bay Volleyball Club squad that took first place at the 2007 Holiday Classic. Piva, a 6-foot-8 middle/opposite, is from Valencia, Calif. and won a CIF title with Valencia High School, a perennial powerhouse in the Foothill League. With Santa Monica Beach Club, he won a 2007 title in the Open Division and has twice been named all-tourney at Junior Olympics. Townsend is from Granada Hills, Calif. and plays for Chaminade College Prep. A four-year letterwinner, the 6-foot-4 outside has garnered First Team All-Mission League honors. In 2007, he was a member of the Southern California Volleyball Association Regional Team that competed at the Slovenia Global Challenge. Townsend won gold at the 2007 Junior Olympics (17 Open) and silver at the 2006 JOs (16 Open).

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