Jun 11 Evan Patak Going for the Gold

June 11, 2012, 6:04 p.m. (ET)

Position: Opposite 
Height: 6-8 (175cm)
Weight: 250 pounds (113kg)
College: UC Santa Barbara
Joined Team: April 2008

PERSONAL: Born Evan Hoburg Patak in 1984, in Santa Maria, Calif.... Parents are Kim and Gloria Patak... Has an older sister, Jessica... Evan played basketball and volleyball for Foothill High School (1998-2002) in Pleasanton... Evan played club volleyball for Diablo Valley... Graduated from UC Santa Barbara (2007) where he majored in sociology and minored in sports management... Caddyshack is his favorite movie and Top Gear and Entourage are his favorite TV shows... Enjoys mountain biking, wakeboarding, and golfing... His favorite genre of music are Hip Hop, Metal, House and Filthy Dubstep... Golden State Warriors are his favorite professional team... Admires his parents... Likes to watch extreme sports and college basketball.

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2011 – FIVB World Cup… Pan American Games… NORCECA Men's Continental Championship (Silver Medal)… London Volleyball International Invitational (Bronze Medal)… FIVB World League. 2010 - FIVB World League. 2009 - NORCECA Continental Championship (Silver Medal)... 2010 World Championship Qualifier for NORCECA Group F (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League. 2008 - America's Cup... Pan American Cup (Gold Medal)... Four Nations' Tournament (Gold Medal). 2007 - World University Games (Bronze Medal). 2003 - World University Games (Bronze Medal).

 

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Evan finished the 2011 season as the team’s fifth-leading scorer with 140 points on 104 attacks, 10 blocks and 26 aces in 92 sets… Evan played in 29 sets of the FIVB World Cup, including starting the final three matches for Clay Stanley. He finished with 31 points on 22 attacks, five blocks and four aces… Evan was the only member of the U.S. Men’s National Team to play in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and served as the team’s captain. The team finished fifth. He finished as the second-leading scorer in the tournament with 118 points on 96 kills, 11 blocks, including seven against Puerto Rico, and 11 aces, including five against Argentina. He had the most aces of any player in the tournament, but he did not win the best server award because he did not have the best aces-per-set ratio… Evan saw playing time at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship after starter Clay Stanley suffered an injury. Evan played in 18 sets, started seven and finished with 31 points on 18 kills (47.4 kill percent), three blocks and 10 aces (0.56 per set). His 10 aces put him second among all servers. The U.S. Men finished second and qualified for the FIVB World Cup… Evan was the United States’ leading scorer at the London Volleyball International Invitational. He played in all 18 sets and scored 78 points on 67 kill (50.0 kill percent), two blocks and 12 aces (0.67 per set). The U.S. Men finished the tournament in third… Evan opened 2011 as the third opposite on the depth chart, but moved up to second after Gabe Gardner suffered an injury… Patak received limited playing time behind Stanley in the FIVB World League. He played in 27 World League sets, mostly as a serving specialist, and finished with six points, including three aces. The U.S. Men finished second in their pool in World League and advanced to the Final Round where they placed seventh. 2010 - Evan played for the Air Jumbos in Korea during the winter of 2010-11... Evan appeared in 40 sets during the FIVB World League and tallied eight service aces (0.16 per set) that tied him for second place among the teams' leaders and 34th among the League's best servers. He also posted 40 kills (0.65 per set) and 13 digs (0.27 per set). 2009 - Played the winter of 2009-10 for Halkbank in the Turkish men's league… Evan shared the starting opposite role with Clay Stanley and finished the 2009 season as the U.S. Men's second-leading scorer with 221 points on 159 kills, 46 aces and 20 blocks. His 46 aces were by far the most on the team and he averaged 0.74 aces per set... Evan was named best server at the NORCECA Continental Championship as the U.S. Men won the silver medal. He finished with 10 aces... Evan was named the MVP and Best Server of the 2010 World Championship Qualifier as the United States won all three matches to qualify for the World Championship. Evan was the United States' leading scorer and second overall with 37 points on 20 kills, two blocks and 15 aces in six sets played... Evan was the United States' second-leading scorer in pool play at the FIVB World League as he shared starting opposite duties with Clay Stanley. He finished with 114 points on 91 kills, six blocks and 17 aces. His 17 aces put him third among all servers with an average of .38 per set. 2008 - Played fall of 2008 for Aon hotVolleys in Vienna before moving to PAOK in Greece in January of 2009… Evan was a member of the U.S. Men's Team that placed fifth at the America's Cup in Brazil. He was the United States' leading scorer with 44 points in 13 sets (3.38 points per set)... Was an alternate for the Olympic team... Was named MVP and best server of the Pan American Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as a young U.S. Men's team won the gold medal, defeating host Canada in the final... Was part of a training team that traveled to Japan to help the Japanese men's national team prepare for its Olympic qualifying tournament... Played professionally for San Juan Playeros in Puerto Rico and Aris Thessalonica in Greece. 2007 - Was the United States' leading scorer as the team won the bronze medal at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. 2003 - Helped the United States win a bronze medal at the World University Games in Daegu, Korea (Aug. 21-31).

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2007 - First team American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America... Led the country in kills (5.78/game), service aces (.948/game), and points (7.09/game)... The 2007 All-MPSF First Team selection led the league in kills (5.98/game), aces (1.02/game), and points (7.40/game) in conference matches... Put down 30 or more kills seven times this season and set a new school single-season record with 110 aces... Finished his career with 2,112 kills, second in program history, and is UCSB's all-time leader in aces with 255. 2006 - Played in 20 matches and started 19 (72 games) before becoming ineligible... Despite missing nine matches, Patak was the national leader in kills per game at 5.88 (423 kills), aces per game at .722 (52 aces), and points per game (7.10)... In MPSF matches only, Patak led the league in kills per game at 6.06 (327 kills, 54 games), aces per game at .741 (40 aces), and points per game (7.13)... Had double figures in kills in all but one match... Posted 20 or more kills in 12 contests... His season-high of 31 kills came in his final match of the year at Cal State Northridge (3/31)... The 31 kills was the most by any Gaucho all season... Aced opponents five or more times in five matches, including a season-high seven against Hawai'i (1/14)... Set a new hitting percentage career-high by going 19-2-26 for a .654 clip against UC San Diego (3/3)... His season-high in points was 36 at Cal State Northridge (3/31), which was the highest point total put up by any UCSB player in 2006... Led the Gauchos in kills (423), kills per game (5.88), attempts (810), aces (52), aces per game (.72), total points (501.5), and points per game (6.97). 2005 - Named First Team All-American and First Team All-MPSF, appearing in 106 games... Led the team with 1,149 total attacks, including 63 in two matches against Hawai'i... Led the nation with 586 kills, including a single match-high of 48 at Stanford to set an NCAA Division I-II rally scoring-era record with 53 total points... Set a new single season UCSB record after leading the Gauchos with 58 service aces... Finished the season third with 55 block assists, including a career-high nine at Hawai'i... Totaled 110 digs on the season, third on the squad... Twice named MPSF Player of the Week, once earning AVCA National Player of the Week accolades. 2004 - Earned AVCA and MPSF Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-American honors... Ranked fourth nationally with a 5.63 points per game average, fifth with a per game kill average of 4.75, and 13th in ace percentage at .385... Led the league in kill average (5.04), ranked fourth in ace average (.406), and fifth in points average (5.15)... Led the team with 432 kills, posting 32 against Cal State Northridge... Also led the Gauchos with 840 total attacks... Added a team-high 35 service aces, ranked second with 104 digs and third with 80 blocks.

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