Photo by: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
Sebastian Brady was second on the team with 77 blocks as a freshman in 2011.
UCSD Opens at No. 11 Hawaii Thursday and Friday
Release: Wednesday 01/04/2012 
Match No. 1
UCSD (0-0, 0-0) at No. 11 Hawaii (0-0, 0-0)
Thursday, January 5 • 9 p.m. (PT)
Stan Sheriff Center • Honolulu, Hawaii
Live Television: Fox College Sports Pacific 
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Match No. 2 
UCSD at No. 11 Hawaii 
Friday, January 6 • 9 p.m. (PT)
Stan Sheriff Center • Honolulu, Hawaii
Live Television: Fox College Sports Pacific
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All-time series – UH leads 42-3
First meeting – 1/27/89 (UH 2-0)
Last meeting – 1/29/11 (UH 3-1)
2011 series – Tied 1-1
Last UCSD win – 1/28/11 (3-2)
Streak – Lost 1

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Tritons Take Down Brandon in Exhibition
UCSD unofficially got its 2012 season underway on Monday, Jan. 2 with a four-set exhibition win over Brandon University at RIMAC Arena. It took a few extra points, but the Tritons managed to pull out the 25-13, 21-25, 26-24 and 28-26 victory. UCSD out-hit Brandon .244 (52-23-119) to .174 (41-22-109), owned a 42-31 advantage in digs and aced the Bobcats 10 times. Brandon led the battle at the net, out-blocking UCSD 11 to seven. Freshman opposite Chris Andrulis put together a solid collegiate debut for UCSD, finishing with 15 kills and 10 digs, both match-highs. He hit .370 with the 15 kills to go along with five errors in 27 attacks. Two other Tritons hit double digit totals in kills as outsides Carl Eberts and Vaun Lennon each had 11. Eberts added two aces, seven digs and four blocks while Lennon had four aces and five digs. Setter Mike Brunsting had a match-best 41 assists and middle blocker Greg Smith hit .538 with nine kills and two errors in 13 swings. Brandon, located in Manitoba, Canada, was led by Sam Tuivai, who recorded 12 kills, five digs and seven blocks. Jonathan Sloane had nine kills, hitting .529 with no errors in 17 attacks. He also ruled at the net with a match-high eight blocks.

UCSD Earns Votes in AVCA Preseason National Poll
Though not among the top 15 nationally in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Poll released Wednesday, the Tritons did receive votes and points. Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) schools owned 11 of the 15 spots with BYU at No. 1, UC Irvine No. 2 and UCLA No. 3. The Cougars led the pack with 11 of the 16 first place votes and totaled 247 points. Irvine got three first place votes and 237 points, while UCLA garnered one first place vote and 199 points. Reigning national champion Ohio State was ranked eighth and had one first place vote. UCSD, which finished the 2011 season ranked 14th and climbed as high as 11th, totaled 13 points to finish 15 points outside of the top 15. George Mason was the only other school to get points with four.

Replacing a Couple of Record Holders
The Tritons will be looking to fill the adidas of setter Phil Bannan and middle blocker Calvin Ross, who were seniors in 2011. One of the most prolific players to ever suit up for the Tritons, Bannan finished his career as the school's all-time leader in assists with 4,399 as well as service aces with 110. He's third in career blocks with 277 and fifth in career digs with 522. Bannan owns the top two spots on UCSD's single season assist list as he collected 1,268 in 2009 and 1,265 in 2010. Bannan's 47 aces in 2011 are the second most put down by a Triton in a single season. Ross ended his career as the Tritons' all-time leader in blocks, totaling 361 between 2008 and 2011. He can also be found at No. 3 on the career attack percentage list, swinging a healthy .372 over four seasons. Ross' .395 hitting percentage in 2011 ranks him seventh on UCSD's single season list.

Brady, Eberts Hit the Books
True freshman middle blocker Sebastian Brady hit .383 in 2011, ranking him 10th on the school's single season record list. Outside hitter Carl Eberts, heading into his junior season in 2012, amassed 173 digs last season, 13th on UCSD's single season list.

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