Match No. 17
UCSD (3-13, 1-10 MPSF) at No. 2 Stanford (12-3, 9-2 MPSF)
Friday, March 2 • 7 p.m. (PT)
Maples Pavilion • Stanford, Calif.
Live Video (fee-based)
Match No. 18
UCSD at No. 12 Pacific (5-11, 3-8 MPSF)
Saturday, March 3 • 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Spanos Center • Stockton, Calif.
All-time series vs. Stanford: STAN leads 38-3
First Meeting: 4/7/89 (STAN 3-0)
Last Meeting: 2/18/12 (STAN 3-1)
Last UCSD Win: 2/11/11 (3-0)
Current UCSD Streak: lost 2
All-time series vs. Pacific: PAC leads 32-6
First Meeting: 1/26/93 (PAC 3-1)
Last Meeting: 2/17/12 (PAC 3-0)
Last UCSD Win: 3/27/10 (3-0)
Current UCSD Streak: lost 3
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Tritons Drop Matches at Home Against CSUN and LBSU
Johl Awerkamp had a match-high 11 kills, but UCSD fell in straight sets against No. 15 Cal State Northridge last Friday. Scores were 25-18, 25-14 and 28-26. UCSD held a slight advantage in kills with 40 compared to CSUN’s 38, but the Tritons were far less efficient as they took 23 more swings than their opponent. They finished the night with a .111 attack percentage, collecting the 40 kills with 29 errors in 99 attacks. The Matadors swung at a solid .408 with 38 kills and just seven errors in 76 attempts. UCSD was out-blocked 8.5 to 4.0.
Awerkamp came up big again the next night with a career-best 19 kills, but No. 9 Long Beach State won in four sets by scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-17 and 25-22. UCSD again had more kills on the night (51-45), but ran into 10.5 blocks and didn’t help itself by committing 16 errors from the service line. After hitting .071 in the opening frame, the Tritons recovered and finished at .262 (51-23-107), which included swinging at a .440 (15-4-25) clip in the second set. Awerkamp put forth a solid effort all the way around by adding two aces, seven digs and four blocks.
Stanford held the No. 1 spot in the national poll last week, but dropped to No. 2 this week. The Cardinal is coming off a tough, five-set loss at home against USC on Feb. 25 after winning its previous eight matches. UCLA, which regained the top poll spot this week, and defending national champion Penn State also handed defeats to Stanford this season. Several Cardinal players rank among the MPSF’s best, including: Evan Barry (12.09 assists/set, 1st), Erik Shoji (2.59 digs/set, 1st), Brad Lawson (3.95 kills/set, 3rd, 4.62 points/set, 3rd and .36 aces/set, 5th) and Eric Mochalski (.507 attack percentage, 4th). As a team, Stanford leads the league in kills (13.93/set) and assists (13.28/set) and is second in hitting percentage (.357) and digs (8.81/set).
The Tigers, who host UC Irvine Friday night, have lost their last three matches. They were swept at UC Irvine and lost in four sets at home against USC and Pepperdine. Florian Gornik leads the team in kills, averaging 3.49/set. Taylor Hughes is second with 3.30 kills/set. Javier Caceres ranks second in the MPSF in digs (2.53/set), Sean Daley is fourth in blocks (1.55/set, Patrick Tunnell is seventh in assits (10.25/set) and Gornik ranks 10th in kills (3.49/set) and points (4.07/set).
Making Kerouac Proud
The Tritons will be on the road for their next six matches to kick off the second half of the MPSF season. Its longest road swing of the season, UCSD won’t play at RIMAC again until hosting UCLA on Mar. 30 and UC Santa Barbara on Mar. 31.
In the MPSF
As a team, UCSD ranks fourth in digs (8.55/set) and fifth in service aces (1.05/set). Individually, Mike Brunsting is seventh in aces (.32/set), Chase Frishman is tied for 11th in digs (1.75/set) and Carl Eberts is tied for 12th in aces (.25/set).
UCSD Teams Up With Big Brothers Big Sisters Again
In conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, the UCSD men’s volleyball team held a free clinic at RIMAC Arena on Feb. 18. It was the fourth consecutive year that the event was held. The clinic was part of BBBS’ Sports Bigs program.
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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