UCSB Welcomes Pacific, No. 1 Stanford to Rob Gym in Weekend Homestand

March 31, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

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• The Schedule
Friday, April 2, 2010 at 7 p.m.
No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (10-13, 7-10) vs. Pacific (8-16, 0-16)
at Rob Gym (2,000)
Series record vs. the Tigers - 20-10
Streak - Won 9
2009 Series - UCSB won 3-0
Last time out vs. the Tigers - W, 3-0 (1/29/10)

Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 7 p.m.
No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (10-13, 7-10) vs. No. 1 Stanford (15-4, 12-4)
at Rob Gym (2,000)
Series record vs. the Cardinal - 42-26
Streak - Won 1
2009 Series - Stanford won 2-0
Last time out vs. the Cardinal - W, 3-1 (1/28/10)

• On the Air
KCSB 91.9 FM, UC Santa Barbara's student station, will broadcast both Friday and Saturday's matches. The Friday match will be streamed solely on KCSB.org. Saturday's contest will be be available both online at KCSB.org and on the radio at KCSB 91.9 FM.

• Can't Make it to the Court?
UCSB men's volleyball matches can be followed live online for no charge with Gametracker. 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.

• Faculty Free Friday for Feline Fight
Friday's match against Pacific is a Faculty Free Friday match. All UCSB faculty and staff will be admitted free when they show their UCSB Employee ID Card. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of Faculty Free Fridays at Gaucho baseball and softball games as well!

• Why Does 6 Hate 7? Because 7, 8, 9
Sitting in ninth place in the MPSF with a 7-10 conference record, the Gauchos remain one and a half games out of eighth place, trailing Long Beach State and USC who are tied for seventh place at 8-8. UCLA remains in sixth place with a 9-7 record, just a game ahead of the 49ers and Trojans. UCSB has five conference matches remaining and have beaten two of those opponents (Pacific, Stanford) previously this season. LBSU has six matches left, including home matches vs. UCLA and USC. The 49ers have defeated three of their five remaining opponents, but dropped their only match against the Trojans in three sets back on Jan. 20. USC also has six matches left and have beaten five of their remaining opponents earlier this year. USC will face LBSU on the last day of the regular season, April 17th, in a match that promises to be ripe with playoff implications. Long Beach State holds a tie-breaker edge over UCSB, having beaten the Gauchos in two out of three matches this season. If the MPSF playoffs were to begin today, the match-ups would be as follows: Stanford (1) vs. LBSU (8), Pepperdine (2) vs. USC (7), BYU (3) vs. UCLA (6) and Cal State Northridge (4) vs. Hawaii (5).

• Less Than Jake
Every other Gaucho had less than Jake Rosener's kill total last Saturday (3/27) vs. BYU, as the opposite hitter from Cupertino, Calif. led his squad with a season high 15 kills and an impressive .455 hitting percentage. Rosener has notched 33 kills over his last three matches and has accumulated a .246 hitting percentage over that time span. A starter in 21 of the team's 23 total matches so far this season he has led the Gauchos in digs and service aces three times each.

• Follow the Leader
Outside hitter Jeff Menzel continues to lead the country in kills per set for the sixth consecutive week, coming into this weekend's contests with 501 total kills on the year and averaging 5.22 kills per set. With five matches remaining, Menzel needs just 29 more kills to match his 2009 season total. He has 1,481 total kills for his career to date, fourth most in program history. He has also amassed 3,306 total attack attempts in his career, also fourth best in UCSB program history. He trails Kevin Collins (1997-00) by 352 attack attempts for third-place all time.

• Take Nothing for Grant-ed
Redshirt freshman outside hitter Grant Goswiller produced his most effective performance as a Gaucho to date, setting career highs in kills (6), assists (1), and digs (6) last Saturday (3/27) at BYU. He had previously totaled five kills twice earlier in the season. On March 5 against USC, Goswiller hit 1.000 connecting on all five of his attack attempts in the only set he appeared in.

• Comin' Up Empty Huntin' Cougars
The Gauchos increased their losing streak to five matches this weekend in Provo, falling twice to No. 4 BYU, 3-1. Jake Rosener led the Gauchos with 15 kills and a .455 hitting percentage on March 26, but UCSB mustered just a .164 team hitting percentage. Compare that with BYU's team hitting percentage of .319 and its 18.5 total blocks. Set scores were 30-25, 30-25, 28-30, and 30-25 in favor of BYU. Jeff Menzel pounded 23 kills the next night (3/27), but BYU hit .377 as a team and Futi Tavana totaled 15 blocks as the Cougars cruised 27-30, 30-17, 30-18, and 30-28 to sweep the season series.

• Takin' on the Top Dog
UCSB has already upset top-ranked Stanford this season, dropping the Cardinal, 3-1, back on January 28 in Stanford. Stanford, which was ranked No. 2 at the time of the match, out-hit the Gauchos .384 to .336, but four UCSB players finished the match with double digit kill totals, led by Jeff Menzel's 23 and Cullen Irons' 22. Set scores were 30-28, 31-29, 28-30, and 31-29 in favor of UCSB.

• Tickets For All Matches This Season Are Available
Tickets for all matches this season are available by calling 805.893.UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or buy online and print at home. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• BE Great
In 2009, UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity and social awareness, and ensuring academic success.