Gaucho Volleyball Set for All-or-Nothing Weekend vs. Hawaii

April 14, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, April 16, 2010 at 7 p.m.
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (12-15, 8-12) vs. No. 5 Hawaii (17-8, 13-7)
at Rob Gym (2,000)
Series record vs. the Warriors - 27-40
Streak - Lost 1
2009 Series - Teams tied 1-1
Last time out vs. the Warriors - L, 3-0
Match broadcast online at
Match available on Gametracker

Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 7 p.m.
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (12-15, 8-12) vs. No. 5 Hawaii (17-8, 13-7)
at Rob Gym (2,000)
Match broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM
Match broadcast online at
Match available on Gametracker

• 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, 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.

• On the Air
KCSB 91.9 FM, UC Santa Barbara's student station, will broadcast both Friday and Saturday's matches vs. Hawaii. Friday's match will be streamed on solely, while, Saturday's match will be available online and on the airwaves at KCSB 91.9 FM.

• Fortunately, Faculty Free Friday Set for Match vs. Warriors
Friday's match against Hawaii 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!

• Seniors Set for Rob Gym Farewell on Saturday Night
Senior night is set for this Saturday, as the Gauchos take on the Warriors in the second leg of their season-ending homestand. Jake Rosener, an opposite hitter out of Cupertino, Calif. , and Sam Moisenco, a middle blocker from Saratoga, Calif., are the lone seniors to graduate from this year's UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team. The two soon-to-be graduates will be honored prior to the match, so make sure to get there early to fire these guys up for their final career match at Robertson Gymnasium- a match that might have UCSB's playoff livelihood on the line.

• So, You're Saying There's a Chance...
The Gauchos currently sit in ninth place in the MPSF, one game behind eighth-place UC Irvine for the final ticket to the postseason tournament. Six of the eight tournament bids have already been passed out to Stanford, BYU, Cal State Northridge, Pepperdine, Hawaii, and USC. UCLA currently sits in seventh place, as the Bruins, the Anteaters, UCSB, and Long Beach State remain eligible for the two remaining slots. For the Gauchos to make the MPSF playoffs, they will need a pair of wins over Hawaii this weekend, coupled with a single UC Irvine loss. A single UCSB win coupled with a pair of UCI losses would send UCSB to the postseason. The Anteaters play cellar-dweller Pacific on Friday night before welcoming No. 1 Stanford.

• It's Getting Better All The Time
Armed with a 12-15 overall record and a 8-12 mark in MPSF play, the 2010 Gaucho squad has already clinched its best record since 2007, when the team went 20-12, 14-8 and finished in fourth place in the MPSF. The Gauchos have already surpassed their 2008 and 2009 win totals (10 and eight, respectively), and, with a pair of wins over Hawaii this weekend, would finish with a 14-15, 10-12 mark, their third-best winning percentage since 2002.

• I'm Not A Killa', I Just Crush A Lot
Leading the country in kills per set (5.15 k/s), Jeff Menzel has been a major source for the UCSB offense this season, amassing 556 total kills on the year, currently the eighth-best season total in UCSB program history. He has 1,280 swing attempts so far this season, needing just 81 more to surpass Donny Harris' benchmark of 1,360 total attacks set in 1997. He has 1,536 total kills-fourth most in program history- on 3,457 total attempts for his career. Menzel is also second in program history with 99 aces.

• Layin' Down the Slaugh
Scott Slaughter has been the most accurate hitter on this year's Gaucho squad, hitting at a .449 rate through 88 sets played. Last week, Slaughter hit over .600, matching his career high .833 clip against Penn State, connecting on 10 of 12 swings with no errors. In UCSB's five-set loss to Cal State Northridge on April 7, Slaughter hit .538 (8-1-13). His attack percentage is fifth-best in the country and if the season were to end today, he would finish with the third-best season total in terms of hitting percentage in program history.

• Scoop to My Lou
Libero Andy McGuire already ranks as one of the best passers in UCSB program history, but this season he out-did himself. McGuire has scooped 305 total digs this year, the most any Gaucho in program history has amassed in a single season. His 2.75 digs per set average is 11th-best in the nation. His 666 total digs for his career is the fifth -highest total in UCSB history.

• A Week in Review
The Gauchos nearly cinched eighth place in the MPSF in their match last Wednesday (4/7) at Cal State Northridge, a match that UCSB would eventually lose in five sets. Leading 11-10 in the fifth set, all the Gauchos needed to do was finish out the set in order to take the eighth spot after Long Beach State lost to UC Irvine. However, the Matadors would win five out of the last six points to take the match. UCSB swept Penn State on Friday (4/9), 30-26, 30-25, and 30-22.

• Luau at Rob Gym Set for this Weekend
The Gauchos should be glad that they've drawn the Warriors to finish their regular season off with. Since 2006, UCSB is 6-2 against its foe from Oahu. Last season, the teams split their contests in Hawaii, with the Gauchos taking a 3-1decision from the Warriors on the first leg before being swept, 3-0, the next night. Hawaii has won six of its last seven matches coming into Friday night's affair, led by Jonas Umlauft and his 5.07 kills per set- second best to Menzel's mark. The Gauchos have dropped six of their last eight contests, but both of their victories during that timespan have come in the form of a sweep.

• 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, 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.