Two Gauchos Honored as MPSF Celebrates 15th Anniversary
April 24, 2007
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Two UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball players, one current and one former, were honored as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced its 15th Anniversary Teams. Evan Patak was selected to the third team, while Donny Harris garnered honorable mention accolades.
Patak, a senior opposite hitter, is a two-time all-American and three-time All-MPSF pick. In 2004, he was named the AVCA and MPSF Newcomer/Freshman of the Year. The Pleasanton, Calif. native led the country in kill average, ace average, and point average in 2006 and currently holds the top spot in all three categories this season. Patak is UCSB's all-time leader in aces (254) and is the only Gaucho in school history to record a triple digit total from the service line. He is second in career kills (2,086) and career attack attempts (4,061).
Harris played opposite hitter at UCSB from 1994-97. A three-time all-American and All-MPSF selection, he is UCSB's career kills leader with 2,114, 28 more than Patak. Harris is also the Gauchos' all-time attack attempts leader (4,208) and is third in career aces (77), seventh in career digs (548), and 10th in total blocks (297). He also holds a UCSB single match record with 52 kills against Lewis in 1997. The La Cañada, Calif. native led the Gauchos in kills and attempts all four seasons that he played.
The MPSF is currently celebrating its 15th year of competition in 2007. Along with UCSB, the teams include players from BYU, Cal State Northridge, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, Pepperdine, Stanford, UCLA, and USC. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have competed for at least one season between 1993 and 2006 and been named to the All-MPSF First or Second Team.
Along with the players, UCLA head coach Al Scates and Pepperdine skipper Marv Dunphy were honored.
The selections were made by a vote of MPSF men's volleyball head coaches.
Fourth-ranked UCSB returns to action April 26 as it takes on top-ranked Pepperdine in a MPSF semifinal at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu (5:30 p.m.).