UCSD (3-9, 1-6 MPSF) vs. No. 12 Pacific (4-8, 2-5 MPSF)
Friday, February 17 • 7 p.m. (PT)
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
All-time series vs. Pacific: Pacific leads 31-6
First Meeting: 1/26/93 (PAC 3-1)
Last Meeting: 3/4/11 (PAC 3-0)
2011 Series: PAC 2-0
Last UCSD Win: 3/27/10 (3-0)
Current UCSD Streak: lost 2
All-time series vs. Stanford: STAN leads 37-3
First Meeting: 4/7/89 (STAN 3-0)
Last Meeting: 3/5/11 (STAN 3-1)
2011 Series: tied 1-1
Last UCSD Win: 2/11/11 (3-0)
Current UCSD Streak: lost 1
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BYU Takes Two at RIMAC
UCSD remained winless all-time against BYU as the third-ranked Cougars won two matches at RIMAC Arena last week. The first was a sweep by scores of 27-25, 25-21 and 25-20. Neither team had a great offensive match as BYU hit .165 and UCSD swung at .095. The Cougars had 12.5 blocks to the Tritons' 8.0. Carl Eberts led UCSD with 12 kills and Sebastian Brady had five blocks.
The rematch went to five sets for just the second time in history. Scores were 25-21, 40-42, 25-23, 21-25 and 15-10. Both squads hit much better than two nights before, but the difference was at the net at the Cougars totaled 22.5 blocks to the Tritons' 6.0. UCSD held a 78-64 advantage in kills, but made 19 errors from the service line. Vaun Lennon had a match- and career-high 25 kills for the Tritons and Chase Frishman led all players with 11 digs. UCSD won two sets against BYU for the first time ever on Feb. 24, 2011.
New Marks Set vs. BYU
Several new career-highs were established during the five-set match against BYU - Vaun Lennon: 25 kills, 26.5 points; Fred Stahl: 13 kills, 14.5 points; Mike Brunsting: 62 assists; Carl Eberts: 22 kills (tied previous career-high).
Pacific, which jumped to 13th from 15th in the national poll, split a pair of MPSF matches last week. At Cal State Northridge, the Tigers dropped their sixth consecutive match, losing a heart-breaking back and forth contest in five sets. Florian Gornik had a match-high 21 kills for the Tigers and Javier Caceres led all players with 11 digs. Sean Daley had eight blocks while Christian Ahlin and Patrick Tunnell each posted seven blocks. The next night, Pacific went to Long Beach State and won in four by scores of 19-25, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-19. Gornik had a huge night with 20 kills, two aces, eight digs and seven blocks. Taylor Hughes had 12 kills and Daley chipped in with 10. The Tigers hit .321 as a team. Gornik is averaging a team-best 3.55 kills per set. Caceres is second in the MPSF in digs with a 2.48 per set average and Daley is fourth in blocks, averaging 1.50 per set. As a team, Pacific is second in blocking with a 3.14 per set average.
Saturday's match will be the 10th straight road contest for the fourth-ranked Cardinal, which entered the week riding a sixmatch win streak that began with a five-set victory over reigning national champion Ohio State. Stanford also won two against BYU in Provo during the current streak. The team's two losses are to UCLA and Penn State. Senior outside hitter Brad Lawson was named the AVCA National Player of the Week as well as the MPSF Player of the Week on Monday. Lawson leads the Cardinal with 3.85 kills per set and 16 total service aces. Evan Barry leads the MPSF with 12.10 assists per set and Erik Shoji is tops in the league with a 2.76 digs per set average. As a team, the Cardinal are No. 1 in the league in assists (13.26/set) and digs (9.05/set). Stanford plays at UC Irvine Friday night before coming to RIMAC.
UCSD lost both matches against Pacific last season, suffering a 3-1 setback in Stockton and a 3-0 loss in La Jolla. In the first match, the Tigers hit .333 to the Tritons' .183 and held a huge 17.5 to 7.5 advantage in blocks. Carl Eberts had 12 kills for UCSD, while Florian Gornick answered with 14 for Pacific. Sean Daley had 10 blocks. At RIMAC, Pacific again held large leads in attack percentage (.268 to .155) and blocks (10.5 to 5.0). Eberts had 10 kills for UCSD, as did Taylor Hughes for Pacific.
UCSD and Stanford split two matches last season. In the first match-up, UCSD took a 3-0 win on the road, the first time the Tritons had ever won at Maples Pavilion. The win also snapped Stanford's 18-match home win streak. It was UCSD's first win over Stanford since the 2006 season. Carl Eberts had a match-high 15 kills as the Tritons hit .477 for the match. The Cardinal won the rematch 3-1 in La Jolla. Eberts had 15 kills to lead the Tritons while Brad Lawson had 17 for Stanford.
UCSD volleyball will welcome Dr. Clark Gibson, a professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, to the bench as an honorary coach for the Stanford match.
Tritons Putting On a Free Clinic
In conjunction with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Diego County, UCSD men's volleyball will be hosting a free clinic on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at RIMAC Arena. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You can RSVP to Melissa Serrano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the MPSF
As a team, UCSD ranks second in digs (8.98/set) and fifth in aces (1.04/set) in the MPSF ... Individually, Mike Brunsting is seventh in aces (.37/set) and 12th in assists (9.39/set) and Greg Smith is 15th in hitting percentage (.402).
On Jan. 6, UCSD upset No. 11 Hawaii in straight sets for its first ever victory over the Warriors in Honolulu. It was also the first time in program history that the Tritons swept the Warriors. Scores were 25-21, 25-21 and 25-22 at the Stan Sheriff Center as Carl Eberts led UCSD with 14 kills, three aces, three digs and five blocks. He hit .478 and totaled a match-high 19.5 points. Greg Smith had a career-high seven blocks.
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