#13 UCSD (2-3, 1-1) vs. #14 Cal Baptist (2-1, 0-0)
Thursday, Jan. 17 • 7 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
#13 UCSD (2-3, 1-1) vs. #3 BYU (3-1, 2-0)
Saturday, Jan. 19 • 6 p.m. PT
Smith Fieldhouse • Provo, Utah
TRITONS WRAP UP HOMESTAND, HEAD TO BYU
UC San Diego (2-3, 1-1 MPSF) closes out a three-match Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) homestand this Thursday night, Jan. 17. The Tritons play host to 14th-ranked conference newcomer Cal Baptist (2-1, 0-0) in the teams' first-ever meeting as MPSF rivals. The Lancers will be coming off of their first-ever MPSF match the previous night on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at home against top-ranked defending national champion UC Irvine (7 p.m.). Following Thursday night's contest, UCSD will head out-of-state for the first and only time during this 2013 campaign, traveling to Provo, Utah, to take on the third-ranked BYU Cougars at Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday night, Jan. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. PT. BYU remains the only current MPSF member that the Tritons have never beaten.
All UCSD home matches inside RIMAC Arena again this season feature a live online video stream as well as live stats, both free of charge. Fans can access live video and live stats from the Schedule/Results tab of the men's volleyball page at UCSDtritons.com. A link is also available there for live stats for the road match at No. 3 BYU on Saturday night, Jan. 19.
TRITONS SPLIT OPENING WEEKEND OF CONFERENCE PLAY AT HOME
UCSD split a pair of 3-0 results to open both its home and conference slate for the 2013 season last week. The Tritons first overwhelmed then-eighth-ranked USC, the 2012 national runner-up, on Thursday night, Jan. 10. Set scores were 25-22, 25-22 and 25-20. Carl Eberts was the star, putting down a match-high 16 kills and committing just four errors over 29 swings for a .414 attack percentage. He added a match-high nine digs and five total blocks. Teammates Vaun Lennon and Cheyne Hayes provided nine kills apiece, while setter Garrett Dempsey had 29 assists and eight digs. Junior middle blocker Fred Stahl finished with three kills and a team-high six blocks. On Saturday afternoon, Jan. 12, UCSD was out-blocked as a team, 15-2, and fell to a dominant Pepperdine side ranked fourth, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-15. Hayes led all players with 11 kills while Mike Brunsting had 14 assists and eight digs off the bench.
TRITONS MOVE UP AGAIN IN AVCA POLL
UCSD advanced in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll for the second week in a row, moving up from No. 14 to No. 13 in Monday's latest release. The Tritons were among five teams receiving votes just outside of the preseason edition of the rankings, and have since gone 2-3 in going up against No. 5 Lewis, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Long Beach State, No. 8 USC and No. 4 Pepperdine, in order.
EBERTS APPROACHING EXCLUSIVE 1000-KILL CLUB
In his final season of college volleyball, senior outside hitter Carl Eberts needs 191 kills to become just the fifth player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau. The product of Huntington Beach and Edison High School produced 89 kills as a redshirt freshman in 2010, before leading the squad in 2011 and 2012 with 326 and 335 kills, respectively. Matching either of those two campaigns would put Eberts firmly in UCSD's 1000-Kill Club, joining current members and former teammates Jason Spangler (1,491; 2007-10) and Frank Fritsch (1,403; 2007-10), as well as Jim Waller (1,301; 2001-04) and former Triton women's volleyball head coach (2005-09) and current LMU women's coach Tom Black (1,268; 1993-96).
VETERAN DUO MOVING UP ALL-TIME CHARTS
Carl Eberts and Chase Frishman are each moving up separate all-time lists in the UCSD men's volleyball record book. Eberts has moved into the top-10 in kills, currently in ninth with 809. He is ninth in attacks (1,933) and also looking to enter the all-time lists in the aces (48; six short) and digs (396; 28 short) categories. Frishman, meanwhile, is sixth with 483 digs, and is 124 away from matching Chris Mortimer (2000-03) for second all-time in program history.
CAL BAPTIST NOTES
The 14th-ranked Lancers open their first-ever MPSF campaign at home against top-ranked defending national champion UC Irvine this Wednesday prior to making the trip from Riverside to La Jolla the following night. Cal Baptist is coming off of a 2012 season in which it went 12-16 overall. The Lancers lead the MPSF in hitting (.373), assists (14.36/set), kills (15.73/set) and aces (1.82/set) in the early going, but are also last in opponent hitting percentage (.318) and blocks (1.45/set). Senior outside hitter Levi Cabral was named the season's first MPSF Molten Player of the Week on Jan. 7 following his performance at the UCSB Asics Invitational. He and fellow Brazilian Guilherme Koepp share the MPSF lead at 4.82 kills per set. Koepp is also first in aces (0.73/set) and points (5.82/set). Wes Schneider is in his first season in charge of the Lancers.
BYU dropped one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 in the AVCA poll this week after a home split of its only two non-conference matches, against Lewis. The Tritons had rallied to upset the then-fifth-ranked Flyers, 3-2, in the season opener for both squads in Santa Barbara on Jan. 4. BYU took a two-set lead before Lewis staged a comeback of its own to take the first meeting between the sides on Friday, Jan. 11. The host Cougars posted a routine three-set victory the following night. Junior outside hitter Taylor Sander leads BYU at 3.87 kills per set. Senior Ryan Boyce (10.47 assists/set), like Sander a native of Huntington Beach, is the Cougar setter. Senior middle Russ Lavaja is getting his hands on a team-best 1.60 blocks per set. BYU hosts top-ranked defending national champion UC Irvine on Friday night, Jan. 18, (6 p.m. PT) prior to welcoming the Tritons to Smith Fieldhouse. Chris McGown is in his second season guiding his alma mater.
BEST-EVER FOURTH-PLACE ASICS FINISH
UCSD made its first championship semifinal appearance at the UC Santa Barbara Asics Invitational on Friday, Jan. 4, after rallying to take down No. 5 Lewis in five sets earlier that day. With back-to-back 3-2 losses to UCLA and Long Beach State, the Tritons finished a best-ever fourth at the tourney. UCSD went an identical 1-2 but placed seventh in both 2010 and 2011.
LENNON SELECTED TO UCSB ASICS INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Junior outside hitter Vaun Lennon represented UCSD on the seven-player All-Tournament Team of the 2013 UC Santa Barbara Asics Invitational. He was the lone Triton to achieve double-digit kill totals in all three matches, with 13 in the come-from-behind win over Lewis, 12 against UCLA and 16 more in the third-place match versus Long Beach State. The Los Angeles native also produced seven digs in all three contests and was a UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR HAYES
Cheyne Hayes, a redshirt sophomore opposite, produced the season's first double-double by a Triton men's volleyball player against then-seventh-ranked Long Beach State on Jan. 5. Hayes produced a team-high 18 kills to go along with a match-high 15 digs in the 3-2 loss to the 49ers in the third-place match of the UC Santa Barbara Asics Invitational. Both totals were career highs for the Creston native. UCSD had two double-doubles during the whole of the 2012 season, by Carl Eberts (1/14 vs. NJIT: 15 kills and 11 digs) and Mike Brunsting (1/14 vs. NJIT: 12 digs and 55 assists).
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