LA JOLLA, Calif. - Looking to snap its two-match losing streak, the 13th-ranked UC San Diego men's volleyball team heads to Provo, Utah, to take on No. 2 BYU at Smith Fieldhouse on Thursday and Friday.
No. 13 UCSD (6-10, 3-7 MPSF) v. No. 2 BYU (11-4, 7-3 MPSF)
Thursday • February 24 • 6 p.m. PT
Smith Fieldhouse • Provo, Utah
No. 13 UCSD v. No. 2 BYU
Friday • February 25 • 6 p.m. PT
Smith Fieldhouse • Provo, Utah
Comin' At You Live
Both matches in Provo will be televised online by BYUtv and are free of charge. All you have to do is go to BYUtv.org/live and sign up for a free account to access the live video feed.
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After spending the past three weeks at No. 12, UCSD dropped a spot in the most recent AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll, which was released on Monday. Here's a week-by-week look at UCSD in the 2011 AVCA poll:
Tritons v. Cougars
BYU has dominated the series, so much so that the Cougars are 33-0 all-time against UCSD. In fact, Brigham Young is the only current MPSF team that the Tritons are winless against. Last season, BYU took 3-1 and 3-0 victories in La Jolla.
Current Tritons Against BYU
Matches Played: Phil Bannan 6; Joel Davidson 5; Calvin Ross 5; Chase Frishman 2; Carl Eberts 1; Paul Spitsen 1; Shane Veiga 1
Kills: Davidson 25; Ross 23; Bannan 5; Eberts 4; Spitsen 2; Veiga 1
Assists: Bannan 191; Davidson 1; Ross 1
Aces: Bannan 4; Davidson 2; Eberts 1
Digs: Bannan 31; Davidson 8; Ross 3
Blocks: Ross 15; Bannan 6; Davidson 1; Eberts 1; Veiga 1
Points: Ross 31.5; Davidson 27.5; Bannan 12.5; Eberts 6.0; Spitsen 2.0; Veiga 1.5
Interestingly enough, both of BYU's losses this season have come on the road at Stanford. On Feb. 11, UCSD swept then-No. 4 Stanford, snapping the Cardinal's 18-match win streak at Maples Pavilion. It was the first time the Tritons had ever won at Stanford.
Tritons in the MPSF
Hitting Percentage: 6th, Sebastian Brady, .423; 9th, Calvin Ross, .414
Assists: 10th, Phil Bannan, 9.31/set
Aces: 1st, Phil Bannan, .54/set
Digs: 10th, Carl Eberts, 1.78/set
Team Hitting Percentage: 10th, .247
Opponent Hitting Percentage: 7th, .287
Team Kills: 8th, 12.42/set
Team Assists: 7th, 11.70/set
Team Aces: 3rd, 1.23/set
Team Digs: 5th, 7.92/set
Team Blocks: 11th, 2.01/set
Tritons in the National Stat Rankings
Assists: 25th, Phil Bannan, 9.31/set
Aces: 2nd, Phil Bannan, .54/set
Team Kills: 17th, 12.42/set
Team Assists: 16th, 11.70/set
Team Aces: 15th, 1.23/set
Team Digs: 17th, 7.92/set
6-9 for the Third Time
For the third time since 2000, UCSD posted its best 15-match start at 6-9. The Tritons also started 6-9 in 2009 and 2004. UCSD's second-best start in its first 15 matches since 2000 was in 2000 when the team went 5-10.
Runners on First and Third
As far as point production goes, UCSD has been most effective in sets one and three this season. Set-by-set, the Tritons have totaled 359-349-369-238-15 for a total of 1,330 points. Opponents are running a line of 372-367-366-267-8 for a total of 1,380 points. UCSD is 8-8 in opening sets and 8-8 in third sets this year. Compare that to the Tritons' mark of 6-10 in set two and 3-8 in fourth sets. UCSD has won its only five-set match this season.
Digging and Clawing His Way Up the List
Phil Bannan has already set new school records for career assists and career aces this season. He's also elevated himself up the career digs list and is sixth all-time with 478 scoops. Frank Fritsch (2007-10) moved into fifth last season with 498, followed by Dickens Tai (2002-05) in fourth with 588. In 2010, Jason Spangler (2007-10) finished his career with 596, third all-time. Second place belongs to Chris Mortimer (2000-03) with 607 and the record holder is Eric Leserman (2006-09), who tops the list with 885. Bannan entered the season in ninth place with 408 digs.
Phil Bannan is also climbing UCSD's career blocks list. He's currently in fifth with 253. He'll need 23 more to take over fourth, held by Kevin Keyser (275 between 2002 and 2004). If he reaches that mark, he'll need just two more to take over third place, which is 277 by Eric Perrine (2000-03). Tyson Kerr (1992-95) is second with 304. Current Triton Calvin Ross recently took the top spot on the list and he now has 315 career stuffs.
Ross the Boss
The Big Carl
Senior middle Calvin Ross became UCSD's all-time leader in blocks on Feb. 4 against Pepperdine at RIMAC Arena. The former record was 304, held by Tyson Kerr (1992-95). Ross entered the year with 264, needing 41 to top the charts. Ross broke the record in the same match that Phil Bannan became the school's career leader in assists and service aces.
Outside hitter Carl Eberts
has posted double-digit kill totals in eight of his last nine matches and leads the Tritons in total kills (170), attempts (380), total digs (105), digs per set (1.78) and total points (194). He's started all 16 matches this season and has recorded a career-high 15 kills on three occasions, most recently at Stanford on Feb. 12. His first, and only, career double-double came on Jan. 26 against Princeton when he finished with 14 kills and 12 digs.
Killing Me Not Softly
UCSD is out-killing its opponents 745 to 723. The Tritons have posted more kills than the opponent in nine matches and are 6-3 in those contests. They also lead their foes in attack attempts (1,656-1,569). In fact, the Tritons have better numbers than their opponents in several statistical categories including: assists (702-641), aces (74-64) and reception percentage (.940-.928). UCSD is dead even with opponents in total digs (475). Two big stats that opponents hold a significant edge in? Hitting percentage (.287-.247) and blocks (180.0-120.5).
Phil Bannan also became the program's all-time leader in service aces on Feb. 4 at home against Pepperdine. His second of three aces that night gave him 86 for his career. The former record holder, Jason Spangler, amassed 85 from 2007 until 2010.
Phil Bannan set the new record for career assists at UCSD on Feb. 4 vs. Pepperdine. Bannan needed just five assists going into the match to break the mark. He finished with 30, giving him 3,893 for his career. The former record was owned by Brooks Dierdorff with 3,867 helpers between 2004 and 2007.
Following the BYU series, UCSD returns home to start its second half of the MPSF season. Pacific will be in town on Friday, Mar. 4 and Stanford comes to RIMAC Arena on Saturday, Mar. 5. Both matches are at 7 p.m.
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