April 23, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A pair of UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball players were recognized by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Thursday as Jeff Menzel (Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos HS) and Scott Slaughter (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar HS) picked up honorable mention nods on the league's yearly postseason awards list.
Menzel, a sophomore outside hitter, paced UCSB's attack all season long. He led the Gauchos in kills, attack attempts, aces, and points and was second in digs. Menzel ranks fourth among all MPSF players in both kills and points per set and is eighth in aces per set. Nationally, he ranks sixth in kills and 22nd in aces. Menzel totaled 540 kills over the season, leaving him just 10 short of 1,000 for his career. The 540 kills ranks eighth on UCSB's all-time single season list, while his 1,185 attempts and 36 aces are fifth.
From the middle blocker position, Slaughter was one of the most consistent players in the MPSF this season. The sophomore ranks sixth in the league in hitting percentage, a stat he holds the ninth position in nationally. Slaughter's attack percentage of .437 is the fifth-best ever in a single season at UCSB. He led the Gauchos in blocks and was second in point production in 2009.
Menzel was an honorable mention pick in 2008, while it is Slaughter's first league award.
Pepperdine opposite Paul Carroll was named the Player of the Year and UC Irvine opposite Carson Clark was honored as Freshman of the Year. UC San Diego's Kevin Ring garnered Coach of the Year accolades.
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, along with ensuring academic success.
**UCSB - a nationally recognized university in both academic and athletic excellence - is located on the central coast of California in a picturesque campus and community setting on the Pacific Ocean. Each year over 450 NCAA Division I Gaucho student-athletes compete for national championships, succeed in the classroom, and give back to the community.**
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