UCSD (6-11, 3-9 MPSF) at #12 Cal Baptist (6-9, 3-7 MPSF)
Friday, Mar. 1 • 7 p.m.
Van Dyne Gym • Riverside
Live Video • Live Stats
TRITONS BEGIN SECOND HALF OF MPSF SEASON
UC San Diego (6-11, 3-9 MPSF) begins the second half of the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) season with a pair of matches this weekend. The Tritons first make the day trip to Riverside to take on 12th-ranked league newcomer Cal Baptist at Van Dyne Gym on Friday, Mar. 1. They then return home to host No. 2 BYU inside RIMAC Arena on Saturday night, Mar. 2. First serve for both contests is set for 7 p.m. UCSD split this particular weekend during the first half of the season, outlasting CBU in five sets in La Jolla on Jan. 17 before losing 3-0 at BYU two nights later. Following this weekend, the Tritons embark on a season-long five-match road stretch that will lead them into a season-long five-match homestand to round out the regular season. That stand kicks off with No. 6 UCLA heading to La Jolla on Friday, Mar. 29.
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. Friday night's match at Cal Baptist will have a live broadcast for a fee of $2.95, and live stats for free.
UCSD ROLLS IN NON-CONFERENCE FINALE AT HIU
UCSD posted a 25-22, 25-20 and 25-23 victory at Hope International in Fullerton last Friday night, Feb. 22, in its final non-conference match of the 2013 season. The Tritons out-hit the Royals, .279-.160. Carl Eberts led all players with 15 kills. Sebastian Brady added nine kills with just one error on 16 swings for a .500 hitting percentage, while also getting his hands to three total blocks. Nick Iorfino had seven kills while senior Greg Smith came off the bench to hit .750 with six kills on eight attacks without a miscue. Smith also provided three block assists of his own. Mike Brunsting contributed 28 assists, eight digs, two kills, two blocks and a match- and season-high three service aces. All three aces came during a stretch of seven consecutive points to give UCSD a commanding 16-8 advantage in the opening frame, six of them coming with Brunsting at the service line. Chase Frishman had nine digs and was credited with the first kill of his college career. The result improved UCSD to a perfect 8-0 all-time against Hope International, the Tritons needing just three sets in seven of those match-ups.
TRITONS RECEIVING VOTES IN AVCA POLL
UCSD is among teams receiving votes outside of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll, released each Monday. The Tritons were last ranked on Jan. 28 at No. 13.
EBERTS APPROACHING EXCLUSIVE 1000-KILL CLUB
In his final season of college volleyball, senior outside hitter Carl Eberts needs 62 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. With 62 more kills, Eberts would join current members of the 1,000 Club 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 17 matches this season with 188 kills (3.30/set). He ranks 14th in the conference.
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 is currently ninth in kills with 938 (four away from Tyson Kerr in eighth). He is tied for seventh in digs (458), seventh in attacks (2,227) and also looking to enter the all-time list in the aces (50; four short) category. Frishman, meanwhile, is fifth with 577 digs, and is just 30 away from matching Chris Mortimer (2000-03) for second all-time in program history.
SCOUTING CAL BAPTIST
Cal Baptist (6-9, 3-7 MPSF) enters Friday night's match as a loser of four straight, including two conference tilts already this week. The Lancers dropped a 3-1 home decision (21-25, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21) to No. 4 Stanford on Monday night after winning the first set, and were beaten 3-2 at top-ranked UC Irvine on Wednesday night. Game scores in that one were 25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 16-25 and 15-11 as the Lancers rallied from a two-set deficit but fell in the end. All three of Cal Baptist's league wins this season, its first as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, have come at home inside Van Dyne Gym. CBU holds a 16-7 advantage in the all-time series and is 10-1 against the Tritons in Riverside. UCSD has won two straight, however, including a five-set triumph in La Jolla in the first meeting this season between the teams on Jan. 17. Game scores in that back-and-forth affair were 19-25, 25-17, 17-25, 25-16 and 15-12. The Tritons' lone success in Riverside came on Mar. 9, 2005, by the score of 3-2. Wes Schneider is in his first season as the CBU head coach.
First-place BYU (11-3, 10-2 MPSF) last edged Stanford at home, 3-2, last Saturday night, Feb. 23, for its third victory in a row. The Cougars play at top-ranked defending national champion UC Irvine, a winner of 11 straight, on Friday night prior to traveling further south to RIMAC Arena on Saturday. True freshman outside hitter and Provo native Ben Patch is the reigning Sports Imports/AVCA National and MPSF Molten Player of the Week. Patch put down a career-high 26 kills (.465 hitting), just one kill shy of the 2013 MPSF season high, in the comeback triumph over Stanford. The Cougars hold a 33-0 all-time mastery of UCSD, and took a three-set decision (25-15, 25-19 and 25-23) in Provo, Utah, in this season's first meeting on Jan. 19. Chris McGown is in his second season as the head coach at his alma mater.
IN THE MPSF
Through matches played Feb. 24, Chase Frishman is fourth in the MPSF in digs at 2.39 per set and Carl Eberts is 14th in kills (3.30/set). Garrett Dempsey (7.71/set) and Mike Brunsting (5.86/set) are 12th and 13th, respectively, in assists, with Fred Stahl 15th in blocks (1.00/set). UCSD is third in team digs (9.41/set), sixth in opponent hitting percentage (.271), eighth in assists (11.57/set) and ninth in kills (12.17/set).
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Through matches played Feb. 24, Chase Frishman ranks 13th nationallly in NCAA Division I-II in digs per set (2.39), Carl Eberts is 26th in kills per set (3.3), Fred Stahl is 26th in blocks per set (1.00) and Garrett Dempsey is 29th in assists per set (7.71). UCSD is 12th in digs per set (9.41), 16th in assists per set (11.57), 21st in kills per set (12.17), 22nd in hitting percentage (0.229) and 27th in blocks per set (2.05).
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