Match No. 4
UCSD vs. NJIT (0-0)
Saturday, January 14 • 2 p.m. (PT)
GSU Arena • Phoenix, Ariz.
All-time series vs. Loyola – LCU leads 3-1
First Meeting – 3/8/96 (UCSD 3-1)
Last Meeting – 2/23/08 (LCU 3-1)
2011 Series – did not meet
Last UCSD Win – 3/8/96 (UCSD 3-1)
Current Streak – lost 3
All-time series vs. NJIT – first meeting
First Meeting – n/a
Last Meeting – n/a
2011 Series – n/a
Last UCSD Win – n/a
Current Streak – n/a
All-time series vs. Grand Canyon – UCSD leads 1-0
First Meeting – 4/18/09 (UCSD 3-0)
Last Meeting – 4/18/09 (UCSD 3-0)
2011 Series – did not meet
Last UCSD Win – 4/18/09 (3-0)
Current Streak – won 1
We've Got You Covered
If you can't make it to any of the three matches this week, catch them online. Wednesday's home tilt against Loyola will feature a live video broadcast (http://bit.ly/gWUuRJ) as well as live stats (http://bit.ly/fsRBt5). Saturday's match vs. New Jersey Institute of Technology at Grand Canyon University will be covered by live stats (http://bit.ly/zzlYJf) and Sunday's contest at Grand Canyon will have a live video stream (http://bit.ly/ytEQ5t) and live stats (http://bit.ly/zzlYJf).
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Tritons Split at Hawaii, Earn First-Ever Win in Honolulu
While all other MPSF teams were either playing in tournaments, playing non-conference matches or off last week, UCSD and No. 11 Hawaii jumped right into it with a pair of MPSF matches at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6. After falling in three sets the first night, the Tritons returned the favor with an upset sweep Friday, marking UCSD's first-ever victory against the Warriors away from the Mainland. The Tritons went from hitting .000 (26-26-81) in the opener to swinging at .333 (41-13-84) the second night. Carl Eberts led all players with 14 kills (on .478 hitting) and 19.5 points and had a well-rounded outing, adding an assist, three service aces, three digs and five blocks. Greg Smith totaled seven blocks as UC San Diego out-blocked UH 10-6. Mike Brunsting paced the offense, finishing with a match-high 36 assists, while Johl Awerkamp hit .538 with eight kills and one error in 13 attacks. The Tritons sided-out at 77% in the 25-21, 25-21 and 25-22 win. It was also the first time that UCSD had ever swept Hawaii.
UCSD Earns Votes Again in AVCA National Poll
For the second straight week, the Tritons received votes and points in the AVCA national poll, but did not jump into the top 15. MPSF schools owned 11 of the 15 spots again this week. UC Irvine, winners of the annual UC Santa Barbara tournament last week, took over the No. 1 spot in the poll after starting the season in second. BYU dropped from first to second and followed by UCLA, Stanford and Long Beach State to round out the top five. UCSD, which finished the 2011 season ranked 14th and climbed as high as 11th, totaled 11 points to finish just four points outside of the top 15.
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, a sophomore last year, amassed 173 digs last season, 13th on UCSD's single season list.
Loyola Chicago University has been on the West Coast since Jan. 6. The Ramblers are 0-3 after losing against MPSF squads Long Beach State, BYU and Cal State Northridge at UC Santa Barbara's annual tournament. LBSU and CSUN swept Loyola, while BYU snuck by with a 3-2 victory. Before returning to the Midwest, LCU plays a couple of more MPSF teams after visiting La Jolla as the Ramblers are at Pacific on Jan. 13 and at Stanford on Jan. 14. Loyola went 21-8 overall and finished second in the MIVA with a 9-3 mark in 2011. The team returns all but one starter, including All-American outside hitter Mike Bunting and MIVA Freshman of the Year Joseph Smalzer, an opposite hitter. The Ramblers were voted to win the league in this year's MIVA preseason poll.
East Meets West
This will be the first meeting ever between UCSD and New Jersey Institute of Technology. NJIT competes in the EIVA with teams such as Penn State and Princeton. The Highlanders had a rough 2011, finishing 7-21 overall and 1-7 in the EIVA's Hay Division, equaling Harvard for fourth place in the five-team division. NJIT has yet to play and will open its season with a match at Grand Canyon on Jan. 13. Following the Jan. 14 match vs. UCSD, the Highlanders will play Grand Canyon for a second time before returning to the East Coast.
Second Time Around, This One's in Phoenix
UC San Diego and Grand Canyon have met just once before in men's volleyball. On April 18, 2009 at RIMAC Arena, the Tritons rolled to a 3-0 win by scores of 30-12, 30-20 and 30-20. Ranked No. 10 at the time, UCSD hit a stellar .451 while the Antelopes countered at just .025. The Tritons sided-out at 79% compared to GCU's 44% and held a 10-3 advantage in blocks. Like Loyola, GCU competes in the MIVA. In fact, the Lopes' 2011 season came to an end with a loss against the Ramblers in the first round of the MIVA Tournament. Grand Canyon struggled last season, finishing 8-24 and going winless
at 0-13 in league matches. Despite returning First Team All-MIVA libero Trent Bruns, GCU was picked to finish last in the conference in this year's preseason poll. The Antelopes entered this week with a 1-2 record, suffering sweeps against No. 15 Pacific and defeating UC Santa Cruz 3-1, all on the road. They open their home season on Jan. 13 against NJIT.
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