June 15, 2009

Five Future Gauchos Named to Volleyball Magazine's 'Fab 50' List

June 15, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Five future UC Santa Barbara volleyball players were named to Volleyball Magazine's 2009 Fab 50, highlighting the top 50 boys high school volleyball players in the nation.

On the magazine's list of the top 50 players nationwide are middle blocker Dylan Davis, setter Oliver Deutschman, outside hitter Paul Goodman, middle blocker Evan Licht and libero Evan Mottram.

The five UCSB players honored tied for the most from one university among the magazine's list. Ohio State and BYU were the only other schools to have five players on the Fab 50 list. Defending national champion UC Irvine had three on the list and runner-up USC had four.

These five players are also part of head coach Rick McLaughlin's first recruiting class at UCSB.

"We are very excited about all five of these future Gauchos," McLaughlin said. "They have all experienced great success at the high school and club levels. I think all five could make an immediate impact next year."

Currently a senior at Corona del Mar High, the six-foot-eight Davis is widely considered the nation's top of the class of 2009 middle blocker and one of the top two recruits in the country at any position. As a junior, he earned All-CIF Southern Section Division II Third Team and All-Pacific Coast League First Team honors with the Sea Kings.

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. In early 2008, Balboa Bay placed first at the Southern California Volleyball Association Boys Invitational. Davis earned MVP accolades at the 2007 Junior Olympics in Atlanta after his team won gold in the 16-and-under division.

Heralded as the top setter in the country from the class of 2009, Deutschman is currently in his senior year at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif. With Pacific Palisades Volleyball Club, 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.

Licht is a senior captain at his high school, Mira Costa, was a Second Team All-CIF in Division I as a junior when his high school team won the state title. He was the MVP of the 2009 Redondo Varsity Classic Tournament while being named to the 2009 Karch Kiraly All-Tournament Team in Santa Barbara and the 2009 Best of the West All-Tournament Team. In 2007 Licht won a bronze medal with the USA Junior Olympic team.

Goodman, who is in his senior season at Irvine's Beckman High, is a 4-year varsity letterman and a two-time Pacific Coast League honoree. He has won a bronze and a silver medal at the 2006 and 2008 Junior Olympics. Goodman was named to the All Tournament team in 2008 while playing for the Balboa Bay 18 Quiksilver club team. He also won the bronze medal and named Best Attacker at the 2008 USA High Performance Championships.

Mottram, who is a senior at Quartz Hill High, joined Davis and Deutschman on Team USA's Youth National volleyball team and was part of the gold-medal winning team in the 2008 Junior Olympics and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

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 has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

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