LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 11th-ranked Tritons wrap up the 2011 season Saturday as they host No. 3 UC Irvine, a team they upset back in January. Seniors Phil Bannan, Joel Davidson, Calvin Ross and Paul Spitsen will be honored prior to the match, the final contest of their UCSD careers.
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Here's a week-by-week look at UCSD in the 2011 AVCA poll:
|Jan. 10||Receiving votes|
TRITONS IN THE MPSF
Service Aces: Phil Bannan, 1st, .52/set
Assists: Phil Bannan, 10th, 9.76/set
Service Aces: UCSD, 5th, 1.14/set
Opponent Hitting Percentage: UCSD, 7th, .287
Blocks: UCSD, 8th, 2.19/set
Digs: UCSD, 8th, 8.06/set
Kills: UCSD, 9th, 12.31/set
Assists: UCSD, 9th, 11.69/set
Hitting Percentage: UCSD, 10th, .244
TRITONS IN THE NATIONAL STAT RANKINGS
Service Aces: Phil Bannan, 2nd, .52/set
Assists: Phil Bannan, 24th, 9.76/set
Digs: Chase Frishman, 28th, 1.81/set
Kills: UCSD, 17th, 12.31/set
Assists: UCSD, 17th, 11.69/set
Service Aces: UCSD, 18th, 1.14/set
Blocks: UCSD, 20th, 2.19/set
Digs: UCSD, 21st, 8.06/set
Hitting Percentage: UCSD, 26th, .244
Four seniors on the Triton roster will be recognized prior to their final career match Saturday, including setter Phil Bannan, outside hitter Joel Davidson and middle blockers Calvin Ross and Paul Spitsen. All four have been with the Tritons since their freshmen season in 2008. Bannan, Davidson and Ross all played four seasons, while Spitsen redshirted as a freshman.
Senior setter Phil Bannan will finish his career as one of the most prolific players in Triton history. This season, he became the school's all-time leader in assists and aces. In addition, Bannan has 276 career blocks, fourth on the career list, just one block behind third place. His 516 career digs currently rank him fifth in that category.
HITTING THE BOOKS
The record books that is. For his career, senior middle blocker Calvin Ross is hitting .372 with 575 kills and 156 errors in 1,125 attacks. That percentage ranks third all-time at UCSD. He's hitting .398 this season, the seventh-best single season total in school history. Ross already became UCSD' all-time blocks leader earlier this season.
THE BIG CARL
Outside Carl Eberts, one of just two Tritons to start all 28 matches (Calvin Ross is the other), leads the team in kills with 322 total, an average of 3.19 per set. He's posted 10 or more kills in 15 of his last 18 matches and set a career-high with 22 at Pepperdine on Mar. 12. Eberts also leads the Tritons in total digs with 171.
SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS
Riding a five-match win streak, UC Irvine enters the match with a 17-11 overall record and a 13-8 MPSF mark, putting the Anteaters in fourth place. UCI will be hosting a MPSF Tournament quarterfinal match against either Hawai'i or UC Santa Barbara. Outside hitter Cory Yoder was named the AVCA National Player of the Week this Monday after hitting .491 with just one error in two matches. Opposite Carson Clark is second in the MPSF in kills (4.58/set) and points (5.25/set). As a team, the Anteaters lead the league in service aces (1.38/set) and are second in hitting percentage (.340) and kills (13.75/set). Nationally, UC Irvine is third in kills and hitting percentage and fifth in assists. UCI is being out-blocked by opponents, 2.05 to 1.86 per set.
In the first MPSF match of the season for both teams on Jan. 12, un-ranked UCSD upset No. 7 UC Irvine, 3-1, at the Bren Center in Orange County. Scores were 16-25, 25-19, 25-22 and 30-28. Outsides Joel Davidson and Carl Eberts each had a match-high 15 kills and libero Chase Frishman totaled 10 digs, also a match-best. Carson Clark led UCI with 14 kills and Austin D'Amore finished with six blocks. The Anteaters out-blocked the Tritons, 15 to 8, but UCSD dropped in nine aces and UCI committed 20 service errors on the night. After hitting -.080 in the opening set, UC San Diego turned it around and swung at .500 in set number two. The Tritons ended up out-hitting UCI in the final three sets.
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