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Men's Volleyball Takes Two Of Three In Exhibition Play
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/10/2000

Nov. 10, 2000

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, CANADA - The Stanford men's volleyball team began its 2000-01 exhibition season in fine fashion, taking two of three from Canada's Laval University last weekend. The Cardinal won the first two matches in four games before dropping a five-game decision in the final match.

Stanford jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first match en route to a 3-1 victory (26-24, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21). Sophomore outside hitter Curt Toppel, a 2000 All-American and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Freshman of the Year, led the way with 22 kills and a service ace. Senior middle blocker Brett Youngberg tallied seven kills and was named Player of the Match.

In the second match, sophomore outside hitter William Curtis posted 14 kills and a pair of aces as the Cardinal won in four, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-19. Sophomore outside hitter Billy Strickland contributed 12 kills and an ace, while fellow sophomore Kyle Strache finished with seven kills and two aces.

Stanford rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the final match to force a fifth game, however, Laval won the decisive game 15-10 for a 3-2 victory. The Cardinal again had two players in double-digits in kills, as Toppel finished with 21 while Youngberg had 10 to go along with three aces.

The Cardinal continues exhibition play on the weekend of Nov. 17-18, as Stanford travels to the Rochester Tourney in Rochester, N.Y. Stanford then opens the 2001 regular season on Tuesday, January 9, with a home match against D'Youville. First serve from Maples Pavilion is set for 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 3, 2000

Stanford 3, Laval 1

Score by Games

1 2 3 4

Stanford 26 25 19 25

Laval 24 22 25 21

Unofficial stats: Toppel 22 kills, 1 ace, Skacel 3 kills, 1 ace, Strickland 2 kills, 1 ace, Clayton 4 kills, 1 ace, Youngberg 7 kills, Griffith 1 kill, Bocage 1 kill

Saturday, November 4, 2000 (Morning Match)

Stanford 3, Laval 1

Score by Games

1 2 3 4

Stanford 25 23 25 25

Laval 20 25 19 19

Unofficial stats: Curtis 14 kills, 2 aces, Strache 7 kills, 2 aces, Lukens 1 kill, Strickland 12 kills, 1 ace, Bocage 3 kills, Clayton 3 kills, 1 ace

Friday, November 3, 2000 (Evening Match)

Laval 3, Stanford 2

Score by Games

1 2 3 4 5

Stanford 25 28 20 25 10

Laval 23 30 25 21 15

Unofficial stats: Youngberg 10 kills, 3 aces, Toppel 21 kills, 1 ace, Strache 5 kills, 3 aces, Strickland 3 kills, Bocage 4 kills, Skacel 5 kills, 3 aces, Ring 1 kill, 1 ace, Griffith 2 kills, 2 aces, Lukens 1 kill, 3 aces


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