April 12, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - The fifth-ranked Stanford University men's volleyball team (13-7 overall, 9-6 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) closes out its regular season with a pair of home matches this week at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal hosts #8 UC Irvine (11-12, 6-9) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and #3 UCLA (19-6, 11-4) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Stanford has already locked up a berth in the eight-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Playoffs, which begin April 21 at campus sites. The Cardinal currently stands in fifth place in the playoff picture.
The Cardinal, which is 2-2 on this six-match homestand, is riding a two-match winning streak after 3-0 victories over both UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge last weekend. Stanford leads the season series against both the Anteaters and Bruins 1-0, defeating UCLA 3-2 (30-28, 30-27, 28-30, 27-30, 18-16) on March 9 and UC Irvine 3-1 (25-30, 30-27, 30-25, 30-25) on March 10.