COLUMBUS, Ohio.—The No. 3 Gauchos were back to their winning ways Friday night as the UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team took down No. 15 Ohio State 3-1. UCSB fell behind early but would bounce back to take it 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 and effectively end its two match skid.
It was another big night for senior outside hitter Randy DeWeese who picked up a match best 17 kills, but as always the Gauchos spread the love on the attack with both Ryan Wilcox (13) and Roy McFarland (12) joined him in double digits. DeWeese would also pace UCSB with 13 digs and added three block assists.
The first set went to the host Buckeyes who jumped ahead at the end and held strong despsite the Gauchos holding set point at 25-24. The momentum in the Covelli Center flipped when OSU paired a kill and a UCSB error to earn its own set point at 26-25. The crowd came to its feet when their Buckeyes found two more thanks to Martin Lallemand as they claimed the first frame 28-26.
The crowd was then quieted for the remainder of the match with the Gauchos answering an early set loss with an 8-2 run to kick off the second set. They would stretch their lead out to as much as nine on two separate occasions to keep the home team at bay and tie the match with a runaway 25-19 set win.
Out of the break the momentum shift was evident as UCSB strung together another pair runs to jump out to an early 10-6 lead and never surrendered it. Late in the set Wilcox would fire off a trio of kills to propel his team to a 25-19 third set victory.
The fourth and final set went back and forth in the early points, but would once again see a hot Gaucho team take over behind a 10-5 run that landed them a 17-12 lead. Sanders and DeWeese would carry the load for the final plays combing for 10 late kills as Santa Barbara coasted to a 25-18 win and the team's 7th victory of the early season.
Senior setter Casey McGarry was up to his usual ways posting a match best 48 assists to go with eight digs while leading his team to a strong .346 attack percentage.
UC Santa Barbara is back at it again with neutral matchup at Covelli Center tomorrow night at 1:30 p.m. (PST) when the team takes on No. 8 Penn State.