UCSB men’s team was set to hit the road this weekend to play UCLA and USC but due to complications with the 101 freeway caused by ongoing mudslide issues, the two matches have been canceled as announced by UCSB Athletics.
As of Thursday afternoon, 17 people were dead as a result of the mudslides, and at least 8 were declared missing.
The Gauchos started off their season by hosting the UCSB Asics Invitational and posting a 2-1 record on the weekend. They started things off with a four-set win over NJIT but were unable to hold on against Saint Francis, losing in four. They turned things around in their final match of the weekend, to down #8 Stanford in straight sets.
This season will be the first for UCSB in the Big West, as it is the inaugural season for the conference.
In the three matches played, junior Corey Chavers lead the squad with 36 kills while sophomore Roy McFarland comes close behind with 33. As a team, the Gauchos are hitting .287 on the year and an average of 12.27 kills per set.
Up next for UCSB is a match at Pepperdine on Saturday, January 20. Their next home match will come against Pepperdine on February 21, which marks a 46-day stint without a home match.
The matches will be moved for later in the season and will be announced at a later time.