Carson Clark Leads No. 5 UC Irvine Past No. 9 UC Santa Barbara, 3-1

1/14/2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Freshman Carson Clark recorded a career-high 24 kills to lead fifth-ranked UC Irvine to a 3-1 (30-23, 30-25, 26-30, 30-17) victory over ninth-ranked UC Santa Barbara at Robertson Gym Wednesday.

UC Irvine improves to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action. UCSB evens its record to 2-2 on the year and 0-1 in the MPSF. It was the eighth consecutive victory for the Anteaters over the Gauchos dating back to the 2006 season.

Clark, a native of Santa Barbara, pounded a career-best 24 kills and hit .625 (24-4-32) from the right side. Sophomore Jordan DuFault recorded 11 kills, while senior Taylor Wilson added eight kills and eight digs. Setter Ryan Ammerman guided UCI with 49 set assists, two aces and five block assists. Middle blocker Bryan Simmons hit .700 on eight kills, one error on 10 swings. Middle blocker Kevin Wynne had a match-high eight block assists to go with six kills. Libero Brent Asuka tallied eight digs.

UCI dominated the net, out-blocking the Gauchos 14-5.

Jeff Menzel led UCSB with 21 kills followed by Jake Rosener with 14 and Scott Slaughter with 13 kills. Rosener also fired a match-high thee aces.

UCI jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first set and never looked back as they won 30-23.

Clark took control of the second set, recording nine kills, while hitting .727 (9-1-11). The Anteaters led 9-8 and then went on a 5-1 run to open up the 14-9 advantage. UCI went on to the 30-25 victory.

UCSB led 6-2 in the third set before UCI out-scored the Gauchos, 6-1 to take their first lead of the set 8-7. The Anteaters scored three straight during the run on a kill by Jordan DuFault and a pair of Kevin Wynne block assists. UCSB would lead 23-22 and use a UCI service error and a Mike Runkle kill to increase the lead to 25-23. A pair of Scott Slaughter kills would push the Gauchos' lead to 27-23. The teams would match points to end the set with UC Santa Barbara winning, 30-26.

In the fourth set, UCI would lead 13-10 and went on a 8-2 spurt which included three straight points on kills by Wynne and Taylor Wilson and a block by Ryan Ammerman and Bryan Simmons to open the gap 21-12. The Anteaters had five blocks on the way to the 30-17 victory. UCI hit .404 in the set compared to UCSB's -.118.

UC Irvine improves to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action. UCSB evens its record to 2-2 on the year and 0-1 in the MPSF.

Article courtesy of UC Irvine athletics.

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