Final Road Trip of the Season for No. 13 Gauchos - No. 8 LBSU and No. 10 UCSD

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April 8, 2009

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The Schedule
Friday, April 10, 7 p.m.
No. 13 UCSB at No. 8 Long Beach State
Walter Pyramid - Long Beach, Calif.
Gametracker

Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m.
No. 13 UCSB at No. 10 UC San Diego
RIMAC Arena - La Jolla, Calif.

Against Long Beach State
Last Meeting: 2/7/09 at UCSB
Result: LBSU 3, UCSB 0 (30-28, 30-20, 36-34)
2009 Series: Tied 1-1
2008 Series: LBSU led 2-0
All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 44-35
Last UCSB Win: 1/10/09 at UCSB (E-Bar)
Result: UCSB 3, LBSU 0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-26)
Current Streak: LBSU one win

Against UC San Diego
Last Meeting: 2/6/09 at UCSB
Result: UCSD 3, UCSB 2 (30-22, 30-24, 30-32, 23-30, 15-13)
2009 Series: UCSD leads 1-0
2008 Series: Tied 1-1
All-Time Series Record: UCSB leads 23-3
Last UCSB Win: 4/12/08 at UCSB
Result: UCSB 3, UCSD 1 (31-33, 30-17, 31-29, 32-30)
Current Streak: UCSD one win

Order Tickets Online
This season, fans have the option of purchasing men's volleyball tickets for home matches online through Ticket Return. 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:
• Apr. 17 vs. Cal State Northridge - 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.

Faculty Free Fridays
The final home contest of the season on Friday, Apr. 17 against Cal State Northridge is a Faculty Free Friday match. All UCSB faculty and staff will be admitted free when they show their UCSB Employee ID Card. Remember, this is also Senior Night! Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of Faculty Free Fridays at Gaucho baseball and softball games as well!

Gauchos Go Five With USC But Fall Short
Cullen Irons' career-high 32 kills wasn't enough as UCSB fell to USC in five sets at Robertson Gymnasium on April 1. The scores went 26-30, 33-31, 26-30, 30-23, and 15-8 as the Gauchos dropped their fifth five-set match of the season. Southern Cal swept the season series as it took a 3-1 win in Los Angeles in late February. Irons raked in the 32 kills and finished with 35 points, another career-high for the sophomore. Irons also added eight digs and six blocks and hit .333 with 12 errors in a tiring 60 swings. Scott Slaughter followed Irons with 13 kills, hitting .400 for the night, while Jake Rosener had 12 kills and a career-high 13 digs. Vince DeVany and Andy McGuire each had match-highs with 64 assists and 17 digs, respectively. Sam Moisenco tied his career-high of eight blocks as UCSB out-blocked USC 13.0 to 11.5. The Trojans had four players with double-digit kill totals including Troy Murphy (19), Tony Ciarelli (18), Austin Zahn (12), and Tri Bourne (11). Setter Riley McKibbin finished with 62 assists. Bourne and Luke Morris chipped in 10 digs apiece, a career-high for Bourne. The Trojans out-hit the Gauchos .280 to .231 for the night, but committed 21 errors from the service line.

Pepperdine Sweeps UCSB
UCSB was swept byPepperdine on April 4 at Robertson Gymnasium. Scores were 30-23, 30-26, and 30-28 as the Waves won their ninth straight match. Cullen Irons recorded 18 kills and hit a solid .520 for the Gauchos. It was the third consecutive match that the sophomore posted a team-high in the kills column. Classmate Jeff Menzel followed Irons with 12 kills, but he hit just .094 with nine errors in 32 swings. Libero Andy McGuire had a match-best seven digs and setter Vince DeVany totaled 41 assists. Pepperdine was paced by opposite Paul Carroll, who recorded 21 kills and hit .594 with just two miscues in 32 attempts. Eight of Carroll's kills came in the third and final set. Setter Kasey Crider, the AVCA National Player of the Week, had 49 assists, while Cory Riecks had nine kills and Tyler Jaynes had five blocks. Pepperdine dominated in several statistical categories, out-hitting the Gauchos .482 (50-9-85) to .225 (43-23-89) and finishing with a 9.0 to 5.0 advantage in blocks. The Waves did commit 19 errors from the service line. Pepperdine has won the past eight match-ups against Santa Barbara.

UCSB Out of Contention for MPSF Tournament Spot
With its two losses last week, the Gauchos fell out of the running for a spot in the postseason MPSF Tournament. The top eight squads in the regular season standings earn a spot, and six are already spoken for entering this week. With only three matches remaining, UCSB can't catch the three teams in front of it that are vying for the final two slots (UCLA, LBSU, UCSD). It is the second straight year that the Gauchos will not advance past the regular season. Last year's campaign was the first time since 2003 that UCSB did not qualify for the MPSF tourney.

I Am Irons Man
Cullen Irons has come on strong lately, leading UCSB in kills in the team's last three matches. He's also posted team-high point totals in four of the last five outings. Last week against USC, the sophomore outside/opposite recorded 32 kills and 35 points, both career-highs. In fact, the 32 kills matched Jeff Menzel for the most by any Gaucho this season. After hitting .333 vs. USC and .520 against Pepperdine, Irons made his debut in the national rankings this week - 33rd in hitting percentage at .313.

Help is On the Way (up)
Setter Vince DeVany has been toying with his single match career-high assist total all season. First, he tied it with 60 against BYU (1/30), then broke it with 65 vs. UCSD (2/6). Devany then totaled 69 at UC Irvine (2/11) and 78 against Stanford (2/21). Most recently, he amassed 79 helpers in a four-set win at Hawai'i (3/5). Devany is ranked third in the nation in assists per set with a 13.49 average.

Menzel Pushing 1,000 Career Kills
Sophomore Jeff Menzel recently established new career-highs with 32 kills and 36.5 points against George Mason (3/11). To date, Menzel has 926 career kills (476 in 2009, 450 in 2008) and needs 74 more to become the 11th Gaucho in the history of the program to reach the 1,000-kill benchmark. The last to do it was middle Theo Brunner, who collected 1,163 kills between 2005 and 2008.

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 1,068 attack attempts this season. Second on the list is Jake Rosener with 519, 549 less than Menzel. As a team, UCSB has 3,112 attacks, 34% of those coming by way of Menzel's arm. He's led the Gauchos in attempts in all but four matches this year.

Aces High
Jake Rosener dropped in a career-high seven service aces at Pepperdine (2/28), which tied for second on UCSB's single match record list. Evan Patak had seven aces five times between 2006 and 2007. The school record for aces in a match is eight, set by Patak in 2004.

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 two juniors (Moisenco, MB; Rosener, OPP) with sophomore Andy McGuire at libero.

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.

BE Great
Earlier this year, 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. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

Gauchos Give
With the arrival of Mark Massari as Athletics Director in October, UCSB Athletics also launched the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative for all 450 athletes and 20 sports. Gaucho athletes give back to their community through free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth.

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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