No. 4 UCSB Improves to 5-0 with Sweep Over Ball State

Randy DeWeese (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Randy DeWeese (Photo by Jeff Liang)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—The No. 4 UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team improved to perfect 5-0 start Saturday night as the Gauchos defeated visiting Ball State 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-13). UCSB has now extended its set win streak to 15 and has not forfeited a single frame this season.

Senior Randy DeWeese followed up his four block performance in Friday night's win over Purdue Fort Wayne, with another three block assists tonight to go with his match-high 10 kills. The Gaucho veteran was once again efficient on the attack posting a .400 attack percentage.

UCSB opened the match on a 7-1 run and never looked back extending the lead to as much as nine as they coasted to a 25-19 first set. The Gaucho defense took over the first frame holding the Cardinals to a dismal .061 attack percentage as a team.

Set two saw a similar start with Santa Barbara jumping out to a 7-2 lead thanks to three early kills from sophomore middle blocker Brandon Hicks. He would finish second on the team with nine total. From there the host team's lead grew again to as much as 10 before a Ball State service error awarded the second period to the Gauchos 25-16.

With their backs against the wall, the Cardinals rose to the occasion in the third set using an early run to take a 8-5 lead, but would not be enough to hold off the Gauchos who answered with a 9-1 run of their own to go up 14-9. DeWeese fueled the run with three kills in just five plays and capped it off with a thunderous block as he was joined at the night by senior middle blocker Brandon Hopper.

The team made quick work of Ball State in the remainder of the final set capping off the match on another big run to take it 25-12.

Senior setter Casey McGarry found his teammates all night long helping Santa Barbara to a .392 attack percentage on the back of his 30 assists. He also led the team on the defensive end with a season-high 14 digs to go along with a pair of block assists.

UC Santa Barbara will now take its talents on the road for the first time in 2020 and will look to improve to 6-0 next Saturday when the team heads up to Palo Alto, Calif. to take on host Stanford. First serve is set for 5 p.m.