TRITONS HOST NON-CONFERENCE AFFAIR; MPSF ROAD TILTS AWAIT
UC San Diego (3-6, 2-4 MPSF) faces a busy three-match week, beginning with a non-conference meeting with Princeton (0-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 30, as the Tritons look to snap a run of three straight losses and avenge last year's 3-2 defeat to the Tigers after leading two sets to none. First serve at RIMAC Arena is set for an earlier 5 p.m. UCSD will then head back on the road and return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play over the weekend. The Tritons make a second trip to Santa Barbara already this season to play the 12th-ranked Gauchos of UCSB (3-5, 1-4 MPSF) on Friday night, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. inside Robertson Gymnasium. They will then take on the fifth-ranked UCLA Bruins (7-4, 3-2 MPSF) for the second time this season on Saturday, Feb. 2, making their first appearance at New Pauley Pavilion for a 7 p.m. first serve.
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. Both of this week's road matches will have live stats and audio. Friday's contest in Santa Barbara can be heard locally on KCSB 91.9 FM and via webcast. Saturday's match at UCLA can also be heard live online through Stretch Internet.
TRITONS FALL TO PAIR OF TOP-10 LEAGUE FOES AT HOME
UCSD was defeated by both No. 9 Cal State Northridge (3-0) and No. 7 Long Beach State (3-1) inside RIMAC Arena last weekend. Friday night versus the Matadors, the Tritons dropped critical points after leading down the stretch of each of the first two sets that featured 27 tie scores and 11 lead changes in all. Carl Eberts led UCSD with 12 kills while Sebastian Brady put down eight kills on 10 swings without an error (.800). Chase Frishman had a match-high nine digs defensively, including career dig No. 500. The following night against the 49ers, the Tritons dominated the third set, hitting .591 and leading from start to finish, but LBSU was largely in control for the remainder. Frishman led all players again with 11 digs. Vaun Lennon and Nick Iorfino reached double figures in kills at 11 and 10, respectively. Cory Swartzbaugh had five kills off the bench.
TRITONS NO. 13 IN AVCA POLL
UCSD dropped one spot from No. 12 to No. 13 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll, released on Monday, Jan 28. The Tritons had moved up in each of the first three installments of the listing after they were among five teams receiving votes just outside of the preseason edition of the rankings.
FRISHMAN REACHES DIGS MILESTONE
Senior libero Chase Frishman's first dig of the Jan. 25 meeting with Cal State Northridge marked career dig No. 500, making the Dana Point native just the sixth player in program history to reach that total. With match highs of nine digs that evening and 11 more the following night against Long Beach State, Frishman now has 519 for his career, sixth-most all-time at UCSD.
EBERTS APPROACHING EXCLUSIVE 1000-KILL CLUB
In his final season of college volleyball, senior outside hitter Carl Eberts needs 141 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). Eberts once again paces the team through nine matches this season with 109 kills (3.41/set).
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 859. He is ninth in attacks (2,036) and also looking to enter the all-time lists in the aces (48; six short) and digs (419; five short) categories. Frishman, meanwhile, is sixth with 519 digs, and is 88 away from matching Chris Mortimer (2000-03) for second all-time in program history.
Princeton has yet to open its 2013 season. The Tigers were picked to finish third in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA). They return 2012 All-EIVA First Team selection Michael Dye, a senior middle blocker and former teammate of Triton junior Vaun Lennon at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. UCSD junior middle blocker Fred Stahl also played with Princeton junior outside hitter Jeff Stapleton at San Jose's Bellarmine College Prep. Over half of Princeton's roster, eight of 15 players, hail from California. Princeton begins its campaign with the first of its two matches in California at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night. Sam Shweisky is in his fourth season as the Princeton head coach.
UC SANTA BARBARA NOTES
The 12th-ranked Gauchos are 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the MPSF, sitting in last place and on a four-match skid. UCSB was swept in its two meetings with the Tritons in 2012, both contests coming during UCSD's five-match MPSF win streak late in the year. The Gauchos dropped a 3-1 decision at home before losing in La Jolla on March 31 by the score of 3-0. Though still trailing in the all-time series, 28-7, the Tritons have defeated the Gauchos in six of their last 11 meetings, with a pair of season sweeps in 2009 and 2012. Rick McLaughlin is in his fifth season as the Gaucho head coach.
The No. 5 Bruins are 7-4 overall and 3-2 in the MPSF, good for a third-place tie. Junior outside hitters Robart Page and Gonzalo Quiroga are averaging 3.88 and 3.17 kills per set, respectively. UCSD is 6-7 against UCLA over their last 13 meetings since 2008, with at least one victory over the Bruins in each of the past five seasons. The Bruins edged the Tritons, 3-2, at the Asics Invitational back on Jan. 4. John Speraw is in his first season in charge at his alma mater after 10 years at UC Irvine, where he guided the Anteaters to three national championships in the past six years, including the 2012 crown.
IN THE MPSF
Through matches played Jan. 28, Chase Frishman is up to fifth in the MPSF in digs at 2.37 per set. UCSD is sixth in team digs (8.69/set).
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