Road Trip Includes No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 5 USC

Feb. 25, 2009

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THE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
#13 UCSB at #5 USC
Galen Center - Los Angeles, Calif.
Online Video: usctrojans.com
Online Audio: usctrojans.com
Gametracker: Here

Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
#13 UCSB at #1 Pepperdine
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, Calif.
Online Video: pepperdinesports.com
Live Stats: pepperdinesports.com

AGAINST USC
Last Meeting: 3/12/08 at UCSB
Result: UCSB 3, USC 0 (30-25, 30-23, 30-27)
2009 Series: Have not met
2008 Series: Tied 1-1
All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 45-44
Last USC Win: 1/11/08 at USC
Result: USC 3, UCSB 0 (30-23, 30-26, 30-19)
Current Streak: UCSB one win

AGAINST PEPPERDINE
Last Meeting: 3/15/08 at UCSB
Result: PEPP 3, UCSB 0 (30-23, 30-25, 35-33)
2009 Series: Have not met
2008 Series: PEPP led 2-0
All-Time Series Record: PEPP leads 61-28
Last UCSB Win: 2/15/06 at UCSB
Result: UCSB 3, PEPP 2 (26-30, 30-27, 37-35, 20-30, 15-13)
Current Streak: PEPP six wins

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE
This season, fans have the option of purchasing men's volleyball tickets online through Ticket Return. Just go to UCSBgauchos.com and click on "Tickets" and then "Buy Men's Volleyball Tix". 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 remaining season schedule:
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 for no charge 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 see player statistics and bios. Gametracker runs on PCs and Macs.

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 (8th grade 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.

MARATHON MATCH MADNESS
Five of UCSB's last seven matches have gone to five sets. Unfortunately, the Gauchos hold a heartbreaking 1-4 record in those contests. The extended-length matches started on a high note with a win over BYU back on Jan 30 as UCSB came back from two sets down. In the loss to BYU, UCSB was up 2-1. Against UCSD, the Gauchos came back from 0-2 only to lose. At UC Irvine and Stanford, UCSB was up 2-1.

HOMETOWN BUFFET IS NOW CLOSED
UCSB has played 10 of its 13 matches at home, with a record of 4-6. The Gauchos are 0-3 in their road matches (UCLA, CSUN, UCI). This week, UCSB will begin its longest road swing of the year - four matches between Feb. 26 and Mar. 6. Santa Barbara will travel to USC, Pepperdine, and Hawai'i over that span. The next home match will be Mar. 11 vs. George Mason.

UTILITY MAN
Senior Mike Runkle has started at libero in UCSB's last four matches and has led the Gauchos in digs in four of their last five contests. He's had 10 or more digs three times during that span, including a career-high 22 at UC Irvine. That total tied for ninth on UCSB's single match list (along with Olympian Todd Rogers and Jan Carlo Zegarra). A versatile player, Runkle has seen time at setter, outside hitter, and now libero during his UCSB career.

DEVANY KEEPS UPPING HIS MARK
Setter Vince DeVany has been toying with his single match career-high assist total all season. He tied it with 60 against BYU, then broke it with 65 vs. UCSD. Devany then totaled 69 at UC Irvine and established his most recent career-high with a whopping 78 helpers at home against Stanford. He ranks fifth nationally, averaging 13.12 assist per set. The sophomore has 1,171 career assists, 682 this season and 489 as a true freshman in 2008.

HORROR STORY
Slaughter, attack, kill. Sounds like words from the script of Texas Chainsaw. Middle blocker Scott Slaughter has proven to be a horror to opponents. He currently ranks second in the country in attack percentage (.487) and 14th in blocks per set (1.33). Slaughter recently recorded a new career-high in kills with 15 vs. Stanford. He is the only Gaucho besides Jeff Menzel to lead UCSB in kills or points in a single match.

MORE ON THE MIDDLES
Middle Sam Moisenco has also come on lately. His 14 kills and 16.5 points against Stanford were both new career-highs. His .778 hitting percentage against Pacific on Feb. 20 was also a career-best. Moisenco ranks 25th nationally with 1.18 blocks per set.

MOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
This year's Gaucho squad consists of just two seniors - Mike Runkle and Matt Thobe. There are two juniors, six sophomores, and five freshmen. The recent regular starting lineup features four sophomores (Devany, S; Irons, OH; Menzel, OH; Slaughter, MB) and a pair of juniors (Moisenco, MB; Rosener, OPP) with a senior at libero (Runkle).

IRONS MAN
Cullen Irons set new career-highs with 19 kills and 21.0 points against Stanford.

MORE CAREER-HIGHS
Jeff Menzel set a new career-high with 32.0 points against Stanford. He also matched his career-high with 29 kills. To date, Menzel has 725 career kills and will need 222 more to break into UCSB's top-ten.

ONE-ARMED BANDIT
Jeff Menzel's arm has shown a lot of stamina as he has by far taken more swings than any other Gaucho. He has amassed 603 attack attempts this season. Second on the list is Jake Rosener with 253. As a team, UCSB has 1,660 attacks, almost 40% of those coming by way of Menzel's arm. For his career, Menzel has 1,595 attempts. He'll need 368 more to crack UCSB's top-ten list.

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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