LA JOLLA, Calif. – The fourth-ranked Stanford men’s volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with a 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 25-23 win at UC San Diego, Saturday, at RIMAC Arena in La Jolla, Calif. The Cardinal, which has won 11 straight matches, is now 20-7 overall and 17-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Tritons end their season at 4-23 overall and 2-22 in conference.
Stanford has reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth time under eighth-year head coach John Kosty. It marks the 11th 20-win season in program history.
"We finished out strong this weekend, and are looking forward to a great playoff run," said Kosty.
Stanford hit over .300 for the 19th time this season, posting a .385 attack percentage against UCSD. The Tritons hit .336, while both team posted 10.5 blocks. Fourteen Cardinal players saw action in the match, including the return of senior middle Denny Falls. The Orland Park, Ill., native tallied two kills and a block in one set Saturday.
Senior outside hitter Brian Cook paced the team with 19 kills on 27 attempts with just one error to hit .667. He also collected 10 digs and three blocks. Senior Steven Irvin finished with 12 kills, while senior opposite Eric Mochalski totaled seven kills and three blocks. Sophomore middle Conrad Kaminski added four kills, eight blocks and three service aces.
"I thought Brian Cook proved that he is one of the best players in the MPSF and in the country tonight," added Kosty. "He stepped up his game again this weekend."
Sophomore setter James Shaw posted 33 assists and six digs while directing the offense. Sophomore outside hitter Madison Hayden notched six kills on a .364 attack percentage in three sets played. Sophomore setter Joe Ctvrtlik came off the bench in two sets and registered 15 assists and two digs.
UC San Diego was led by Nick Iorfino’s 15 kills, six digs and three blocks. Johl Awerkamp pitched in with 14 kills on a .357 hitting percentage. Setter Mike Brunsting finished with 41 assists, seven digs and five kills.
"I thought UCSD's seniors stepped up and competed tonight. It was a good, complete match by both teams," said Kosty.
Stanford clinched home court advantage for the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament with its five-set win at No. 6 UC Irvine on Friday. The Cardinal will host the Anteaters (18-10, 15-9 MPSF) for a rematch on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.