STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford men's volleyball team is set to open the 2014 season at the 50th ASICS UCSB Tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Jan. 3-4. The Cardinal will play five matches over the two-day tournament.
Friday’s pool play matches, which are best out of three, will begin at 10 a.m. PT and will be held in UC Santa Barbara’s Thunderdome. The Cardinal, which is slotted in Pool A, will open against Harvard on Court 2. After a break, Stanford will face Pacific on Court 1 before lunch. At 3 p.m., the Cardinal will take on Cal Baptist on Court 2 before closing out the day against host UCSB on Court 1.
Saturday’s matches will be regulation matches (best out of five) and will be played in Rob Gym. The fifth-place teams in Pool A and B will square-off in the tournament’s ninth-place match at 10 a.m. PT. The fourth-place pool teams will compete in the tournament’s seventh-place match at 12:30 p.m., while the third-place pool teams will meet at 3 p.m. for the tournament’s fifth-place match. The tournament’s third-place match will take place at 5:30 p.m. against the second-place pool teams. The championship is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Stanford is coming off its sixth consecutive winning season (15-13) under head coach John Kosty, now in his eighth season at the helm of the program. The Cardinal has finished amongst the top 10 in the nation for six straight years and had at least one player named a first team AVCA All-American for five consecutive seasons.
Stanford’s home opener is set for Friday, Jan. 10 against Lewis University in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal will also take on Grand Canyon University on Jan. 11 in Burnham Pavilion.
2014 50th ASICS UCSB Tournament Schedule
Friday, Jan. 3 (Thunderdome)
Pool A | Court 1 (10 a.m. start time)
UCSB vs. Pacific
UCSB vs. Cal Baptist
Stanford vs. Pacific
UCSB vs. Harvard
UCSB vs. Stanford
Pool A | Court 2 (10 a.m. start time)
Stanford vs. Harvard
Pacific vs. Harvard
Cal Baptist vs. Harvard
Stanford vs. Cal Baptist
Cal Baptist vs. Pacific
Pool B | Court 4 (10 a.m. start time)
UCLA vs. IPFW
UC San Diego vs. IPFW
Cal State Northridge vs. IPFW
UCLA vs. Cal State Northridge
Cal State Northridge vs. UC San Diego
Pool B | Court 5 (10 a.m. start time)
Long Beach State vs. UC San Diego
Long Beach State vs. Cal State Northridge
UCLA vs. UC San Diego
Long Beach State vs. IPFW
Long Beach State vs. UCLA
Saturday, Jan. 4 (Rob Gym)
10 a.m. – 9th place match (5th Pool A vs. 5th Pool B)
12:30 p.m. – 7th place match (4th Pool A vs. 4th Pool B)
3 p.m. – 5th place match (3rd Pool A vs. 3rd Pool B)
5:30 p.m. – 3rd place match (2nd Pool A vs. 2nd Pool B)
8 p.m. – 1st place match (1st Pool A vs. 1st Pool B)