LA JOLLA, Calif. - No. 13 UC San Diego starts the second half of its MPSF men's volleyball season at home as the Tritons host 15th-ranked Pacific on Friday, Mar. 4 and No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, Mar. 5. Both contests are slated for a 7 p.m. first serve at RIMAC Arena.
No. 13 UCSD (6-12, 3-9 MPSF) v. No. 15 Pacific (6-11, 2-9 MPSF)
Friday • Mar. 4 • 7 p.m. PT
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
No. 13 UCSD v. No. 3 Stanford (12-4, 9-4 MPSF)
Saturday • Mar. 5 • 7 p.m. PT
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
COMIN' AT YOU LIVE
Both matches this weekend will feature a free live video stream from RIMAC Arena. Access the stream here, register for free and you're good to go!
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Here's a week-by-week look at UCSD in the 2011 AVCA poll:
TRITONS v. TIGERS
UCSD is 6-30 all-time against Pacific. The Tritons had won six straight until this season when Pacific took a 3-1 win on Feb. 10 in Stockton.
TRITONS v. CARDINAL
The Tritons are 3-36 in the all-time series against Stanford. On Feb. 11, UCSD upset the Cardinal, 3-0, at Maples Pavilion, snapping a six-match losing streak vs. Stanford. The win also ended Stanford's 18-match home win streak and it was the first time ever that UCSD had won at Maples. The Tritons hadn't defeated the Cardinal since Apr. 14, 2006, a 3-1 win in La Jolla.
CURRENT TRITONS AGAINST PACIFIC
Matches: Bannan 7; Ross 5; Davidson 3; Eberts 3; Frishman 2; Veiga 2; Brady 1; Brunsting 1; Iorfino 1; Sierks 1; Spitsen 1; Stahl 1; Zant 1
Kills: Ross 44; Eberts 25; Veiga 13; Bannan 9; Brady 7; Davidson 6; Stahl 4; Iorfino 3; Spitsen 2; Brunsting 1
Assists: Bannan 351; Brunsting 4; Davidson 1; Eberts 1; Ross 1; Sierks 1
Aces: Bannan 10; Eberts 5; Ross 2
Digs: Bannan 41; Eberts 19; Ross 5; Iorfino 4; Brady 3; Frishman 3; Sierks 3; Veiga 3; Davidson 2; Brunsting 1
Blocks: Ross 21; Bannan 18; Eberts 6; Veiga 5; Brady 3; Iorfino 2; Stahl 2; Brunsting 1; Davidson 1; Spitsen 1
Points: Ross 58.5; Eberts 33.0; Bannan 29.0; Veiga 15.5; Brady 8.5; Davidson 6.5; Stahl 5.0; Iorfino 4.0; Spitsen 2.5; Brunsting 1.5
CURRENT TRITONS AGAINST STANFORD
Matches: Bannan 7; Ross 7; Davidson 4; Veiga 4; Eberts 3; Frishman 3; Brady 1; Iorfino 1; Sierks 1; Spitsen 1; Zant 1
Kills: Davidson 29; Eberts 29; Ross 25; Veiga 23; Brady 7; Bannan 5; Spitsen 1
Assists: Bannan 227; Ross 2; Veiga 2; Eberts 1
Aces: Bannan 2; Ross 2
Digs: Bannan 22; Davidson 13; Veiga 9; Eberts 6; Ross 6; Frishman 4; Spitsen 1; Zant 1
Blocks: Ross 19; Bannan 14; Veiga 6; Brady 5; Eberts 5; Davidson 3
Points: Ross 37.0; Eberts 31.5; Davidson 31.0; Veiga 26.0; Bannan 14.0; Brady 9.5; Spitsen 1.0
TRITONS IN THE MPSF
Hitting Percentage: 3rd, Sebastian Brady, .440; 8th, Calvin Ross, .402
Aces: 2nd, Phil Bannan, .48/set Team Hitting Percentage: 10th, .247
Opponent Hitting Percentage: 10th, .251
Team Kills: 9th, 12.21/set
Team Assists: 8th, 11.54/set
Team Aces: 4th, 1.15/set
Team Digs: 8th, 7.66/set
Team Blocks: 10th, 2.07/set
TRITONS IN THE NATIONAL STAT RANKINGS
Assists: 26th, Phil Bannan, 9.30/set
Aces: 6th, Phil Bannan, .48/set
Team Kills: 18th, 12.21/set
Though UCSD's comeback from two sets at down at BYU fell short, the Tritons still made history in the five-set loss. It was the first time UCSD had ever won more than one set in a match vs. the Cougars. Since 2000, UCSD had won a total of six sets against Brigham Young, two in Provo (2007, 2003) and four in La Jolla (2010, 2008, 2004, 2002).
Team Assists: 17th, 11.70/set
Team Aces: 18th, 1.54/set
Team Digs: 17th, 7.92/set
Phil Bannan has already set new school records for career assists and career aces this season. He's also climbing UCSD's career blocks list. Bannan's currently in fifth with 264. He'll need 12 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 324 career stuffs.
DIGGING AND CLAWING HIS WAY UP ANOTHER LIST
Bannan's also elevated himself up the career digs list and is sixth all-time with 483 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.
THE BIG CARL
Outside hitter Carl Eberts has posted double-digit kill totals in nine of his last 11 matches and leads the Tritons in total kills (196), attempts (430), total digs (112), digs per set (1.67) and total points (222.5). He's one of three Tritons to have started all 18 matches this season and recently established a new career-high with 17 kills at No. 2 BYU. His previous high was 15, which he recorded 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.
ROSS THE BOSS
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.
BANNAN'S CANNON 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.
Next week, UCSD heads north to play at top-ranked USC on Mar. 11 and at Pepperdine on Mar. 12, two teams that have already defeated the Tritons this year. The Tritons earned their first ever win against the Waves last season. In fact, UC San Diego swept Pepperdine, winning in Malibu and La Jolla in 2010.
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