THIS WEEK: The No. 6 Stanford men’s volleyball team (3-2, 0-2 MPSF) travel to No. 7 BYU (4-2, 4-0 MPSF) on Friday, Jan. 24 and Cal Baptist (1-4, 1-3 MPSF) on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Cardinal will square off with the Cougars at 6 p.m. PT in Provo, Utah and the Lancers at 7 p.m. in Riverside, Calif.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: Friday’s match will be televised live on BYUtv. Live stats for both matches can be found on the men’s volleyball schedule page on GoStanford.com.
SCOUTING BYU: After starting the season 0-2, the Cougars have bounced back and are currently in first place atop the MPSF standings with a 4-0 mark in the conference. BYU defeated then-No. 7 UC Irvine in five sets and then swept UC San Diego on the road last week. Senior outside hitter Taylor Sander leads the team with 4.64 kills per set and 0.77 aces per set. Against UC San Diego, he broke the school record for aces in a match with nine. Sophomore setter Tyler Heap guides the Cougar offense with 10.65 assists per set.
SCOUTING CAL BAPTIST: Cal Baptist has opened the season with a 1-4 record with its lone win coming last week in a five-set match against UC San Diego. The Lancers are allowing opponents to hit .420 against them and post 1.61 service aces per set. Junior outside hitter Johannes Brink paces the team with 4.60 kills per set on a .377 clip to go with 1.53 digs per set. Senior middle blocker Kristopher Johnson leads the squad with a .562 hitting percentage and adds 2.67 kills per set.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Fans will have access to unique behind-the-scenes content on the team this season by liking Stanford Men’s Volleyball on Facebook or following the team on Twitter (@StanfordMVB) and Instagram (@therealstanfordmvb).
RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS: The Cardinal boasts three returning All-Americans on its roster this seaosn. Senior outside hitter Brian Cook earned AVCA First Team All-America honors as a junior, averaging a team-best 4.01 kills per set. Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin nabbed second team honors from the AVCA in 2013, while sophomore setter James Shaw was a third team pick by Volleyball Magazine as a rookie.
LAST WEEK: Ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time since 2012, Stanford went on the road and dropped back-to-back five-set matches at No. 6 UCLA and No. 11 UC Santa Barbara. Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin led the team with 3.80 kills per set on a .308 hitting percentage and 2.20 digs per set. Senior Brian Cook added 3.20 kills per set and 1.50 digs per set. Sophomore setter James Shaw controlled the offense with 10.20 assists per set.
IN THE POLL: Stanford fell to No. 6 in the latest AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Poll. The Cardinal is one of nine MPSF teams ranked in the poll with all appearing in the top 10.
THAT’S A RECORD: As a team, Stanford put down 14 service aces against Lewis on Jan. 10 to set a school record during the rally scoring era (2001-present). Senior Brian Cook and redshirt junior Daniel Tublin led the way with four aces apiece.
SENIOR STATEMENT: Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin paces the Cardinal this season with 3.86 kills per set on a .329 attack percentage. He’s led the team in kills in three of the five matches and is hitting above .300 for the first time in his career.
HEAD COACH JOHN KOSTY: Stanford head coach John Kosty is in his eighth season at the helm of the Cardinal program and his 24th overall on staff. He is 124-84 in his career and guided Stanford to the 2010 NCAA national championship. The Cardinal has produced a first team AVCA All-America selection in each of the past six seasons under Kosty.