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Kevin Ring leads the UCSD men's volleyball team into the 2013 season this weekend.
Tritons Open 2013 Campaign at UCSB Asics Invite
Release: Wednesday 01/02/2013 
Match 1 - UCSB Asics Invitational
vs. No. 5 Lewis (0-0)
Friday, Jan. 4 
 10 a.m.
The Thunderdome 
 Santa Barbara

Match 2 - UCSB Asics Invitational
vs. No. 6 UCLA (0-0) or No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (0-0)
Friday, Jan. 4 7:30 p.m.
TBD Santa Barbara

Match 3 - UCSB Asics Invitational
vs. TBD
Saturday, Jan. 5 TBD
Robertson Gym  Santa Barbara

The UC San Diego men's volleyball team heads to Santa Barbara this week to open its 2013 season at the 49th Annual UC Santa Barbara Asics Invitational. The Tritons last participated in the event in 2011, when they finished seventh with a 1-2 mark. To begin this year's installment, UCSD will face the Lewis University Flyers on Friday morning, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. inside The Thunderdome. The No. 5 Flyers hail from Romeoville, Ill. The winner of that match takes on the winner between No. 6 UCLA and 13th-ranked host UC Santa Barbara, with the two losers also squaring off. Both of those contests have first serves set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, with the match involving UCSB being played at Robertson Gymnasium, and the other one back at The Thunderdome. The Tritons will conclude their turn at the Asics Invitational in Robertson Gym on Saturday, Jan. 5, with the opponent and time to be determined based on Friday's action. UCSD then awaits its 2013 home and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener against the ninth-ranked Trojans of USC on Thursday night, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. inside RIMAC Arena.

All UCSD home matches inside RIMAC Arena will again this season feature a live online video stream as well as live stats. Fans can access live video and live stats from the Schedule/Results tab of the men's volleyball page at This weekend at the UCSB Asics Invitational, coverage will only be available in the form of live stats, in the event that the Tritons match up with the host Gauchos of UCSB on Friday night. All of Saturday's matches are expected to have live stats.

The Tritons return their senior tandem of Carl Eberts and Chase Frishman in 2013 for one final season of their stellar college careers. The duo each earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honorable mention a year ago. Frishman recently garnered preseason All-America honorable mention from Off the Block. Eberts is a fifth-year senior out of Huntington Beach who redshirted as a true freshman in 2009. Frishman, a native of Dana Point, is in his fourth year in the program. The only other senior on head coach Kevin Ring's 2013 roster is third-year Triton Greg Smith, a middle blocker out of Fullerton.

Senior outside hitter Carl Eberts enters his final season of college volleyball needing 250 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).

Carl Eberts and Chase Frishman are each moving up separate all-time lists in the UCSD men's volleyball record book. Eberts is just outside the top-10 in kills, currently at 750 and needing 31 to enter the chart. He is 10th in attacks (1,802) and also looking to enter the all-time lists in the aces (46; eight short) and digs (365; 59 short) categories. Frishman, meanwhile, is seventh with 455 digs, and is 152 away from matching Chris Mortimer (2000-03) for second all-time in program history.

UCSD begins the 2013 campaign just outside the preseason installment of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll, released on Dec. 28. The Tritons are among five teams receiving votes (7). The other tournament participants this weekend in Santa Barbara include top-ranked defending national champion UC Irvine, No. 5 Lewis, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Long Beach State, No. 10 Loyola-Chicago, No. 13 UC Santa Barbara and No. 15 Cal Baptist.

The fifth-ranked Flyers were picked as favorites to repeat as Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) champions this season. Lewis, from Romeoville, Ill., is coming off a 2012 campaign in which it went 26-7 overall. The Flyers lost to the host USC Trojans, 3-1, in the 2012 NCAA Championship semifinals at the Galen Center, after earning the MIVA's automatic berth via a 3-2 victory over Ohio State in the title match. Lewis returns outside hitters Jay Petty and Geoff Powell, alongside setter BJ Boldog. All three are Preseason All-MIVA selections. Petty and Boldog were both named to the AVCA All-America Second Team and All-MIVA First Team a year ago. Petty, a senior, led the Flyers with 421 kills, 160 digs, 35 service aces and 68 total blocks in 105 sets. Boldog averaged 10.75 assists per set (1,151 total) while compiling 113 digs and 92 total blocks in 107 sets as a redshirt sophomore. Dan Friend enters his ninth season as head coach.

The No. 6 Bruins went 22-8 overall and 16-6 in the MPSF a year ago, good for fifth place. The Bruins had their 2012 season ended with a 3-1 defeat at eventual national champion UC Irvine in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament. They return two starters among nine lettermen, including junior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga, an All-MPSF Second Team pick, and junior libero Evan Mottram, the team leader in digs a year ago. UCLA takes on Canada's University of Alberta in exhibition action on Wednesday night prior to opening the Asics Invitational against host UC Santa Barbara on Friday morning. UCSD is an even 6-6 against UCLA over their last 12 meetings since 2008, with at least one victory over the Bruins in each of the past five seasons. John Speraw begins 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. He takes over for retired legend Al Scates.

The 13th-ranked tournament host Gauchos enter the 2013 season having gone 7-19 overall and 5-17 in the MPSF a year ago, tying for 10th place and missing the MPSF Tournament. UCSB was swept in its two meetings with the Tritons, 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. UCSB is led by Off the Block Preseason All-America Second Team selection Dylan Davis in the middle. Davis produced 1.16 blocks per set and a .344 hitting percentage as a junior. Rick McLaughlin heads into his fifth season as the Gaucho head coach.

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