TRITONS BEGIN FOUR-MATCH HOMESTAND TO WRAP UP 2013
UC San Diego (7-16, 4-14 MPSF) next begins a season-long four-match homestand against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) opponents to close out the 2013 season. The Tritons play host to Pacific (7-17, 4-16 MPSF) on Friday night, Apr. 5, and eighth-ranked Stanford (13-10, 10-10 MPSF) on Saturday, Apr. 6. First serve for both contests inside RIMAC Arena is set for 7 p.m. UCSD’s 3-2 loss at UC Irvine last Sunday, Mar. 31, eliminated it from contention for the 2013 MPSF Tournament.
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UCSD DROPS A PAIR TO TOP-FIVE OPPOSITION
UCSD fell 3-0 to then-fourth-ranked UCLA last Friday, Mar. 29, in its first return to RIMAC Arena since Mar. 2. Set scores were 25-20, 25-18 and 25-20. The result marked a third defeat to the Bruins in three meetings in 2013, and thus the end of a streak of five straight seasons in which the Tritons had knocked off UCLA at least once. On Sunday, Mar. 31, at then-second-ranked defending national champion UC Irvine, UCSD stormed out to a 2-0 advantage before the host Anteaters rallied for a five-set triumph, 23-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-21 and 15-10. Carl Eberts (12) and Nick Iorfino (10) each totaled double-figure kills. Greg Smith and Cheyne Hayes added nine apiece while combining for 13 total blocks. Hayes also had a team-best nine digs. Mike Brunsting finished with 41 assists, three kills, three digs, two blocks and a match-high two service aces.
UCSD and Pacific are both receiving votes outside of the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll, released each Monday. Stanford is No. 8. The Tritons were last ranked on Jan. 28 at No. 13.
EBERTS FIFTH IN PROGRAM HISTORY TO JOIN 1,000-KILL CLUB
At UC Irvine last Sunday, Mar. 31, senior outside hitter Carl Eberts became just the fifth player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau. Back-to-back kills to give UCSD a temporary 6-4 edge in the decisive fifth set meant career kills No. 999 and 1,000 for the fifth-year Triton. He finished the match with a team-high 12. The product of Huntington Beach and Edison High School compiled 89 kills as a redshirt freshman in 2010, before leading the squad in 2011, 2012 and 2013 with 326, 335 and 252 kills, respectively. Eberts joins former teammates Jason Spangler (1,491; 2007-10) and Frank Fritsch (1,403; 2007-10), as well as Jim Waller (1,301; 2001-04) and former Triton women’s volleyball head coach (2005-09) and current LMU women’s coach Tom Black (1,268; 1993-96) in the 1,000-Kill Club.
Carl Eberts leads the team with 14 matches in 2013 (53 career; three with 20-plus) with double-figure kills, including a season-high 22 (Jan. 17). Nick Iorfino (eight), Cheyne Hayes (six), Vaun Lennon (six), Greg Smith (two), Sebastian Brady (one) and Fred Stahl (one) have also reached the 10-kill mark at least once this season. Chase Frishman has a team-best seven matches (24 career) with double-figure digs, while Kevin McGinnis has three and Eberts, Hayes and Mike Brunsting one apiece.
VETERAN DUO MOVING UP ALL-TIME CHARTS
Carl Eberts and Chase Frishman continue to move up all-time lists in the UCSD men’s volleyball record book. Eberts is fifth in kills with 1,002. He is sixth in attacks (2,401), seventh in digs (486) and tied for 10th in aces (54). Frishman, meanwhile, is second with 635 digs. Eric Leserman (2006-09) tops that list with 885.
FRISHMAN HITS DIGS MILESTONES
Senior libero Chase Frishman’s first dig of the Jan. 25 meeting with Cal State Northridge was career dig No. 500, making the Dana Point native just the sixth player in program history to reach that total. At Long Beach State on Mar. 6, Frishman then also eclipsed the 600-dig mark, and is No. 2 on the all-time UCSD chart with 635.
Pacific (7-17, 4-16 MPSF) is coming off of a 3-0 home loss to Stanford on Tuesday night. The Tritons and Tigers are tied for 12th in the conference standings. Senior outside hitter Taylor Hughes paces Pacific at 3.95 kills per set (344) while adding 1.41 digs per set (123) and 13 service aces. Junior libero Javier Caceres tops the conference at 2.89 digs per set. Sophomore middle Tommy Carmody is the team’s top net presence with 1.19 blocks per set (101). The Tigers’ regular setter is senior Patrick Tunnell (822 assists, 10.28 per set). UOP holds a 34-6 advantage in the all-time series, and has won five straight with back-to-back season sweeps in 2011 and 2012 and a 3-1 decision in this year’s earlier match-up in Stockton on Feb. 8. Prior to this stretch, the Tritons had taken six consecutive meetings, with sweeps in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Joe Wortmann is in his 21st season.
Eighth-ranked Stanford is 13-10 overall and an even 10-10 in the MPSF, sitting in seventh place having already clinched an MPSF Tournament berth. Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at Pacific snapped a four-match losing skid for the Cardinal. Stanford plays at fourth-ranked defending national champion UC Irvine on Friday night prior to heading further south to RIMAC on Saturday. Junior outside hitter Brian Cook is third in the MPSF with a team-best 4.17 kills per set. James Shaw is the regular Stanford setter (10.47 assists per set) as a true freshman, while also producing 1.69 digs per set. Steven Irvin averages 3.20 kills and 1.64 digs per set. Stanford leads the all-time series, 40-3, and has won four straight meetings. UCSD last topped Stanford, 3-0, at Maples Pavilion on Feb. 11, 2011, when the Tritons were ranked No. 12 and defending national champion Stanford was No. 4. Set scores were 25-18, 30-28 and 25-16 with UCSD in control throughout, hitting .477 as a team to just .182 for Stanford. Then-sophomore Carl Eberts produced a match-high 15 kills. The Tritons last beat Stanford in La Jolla on Apr. 14, 2006, 3-1. John Kosty, the 2010 AVCA Division I-II National Coach of the Year, is in his seventh season in charge of the Cardinal.
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