THIS WEEK: The No. 4 Stanford men’s volleyball team (16-7, 13-7 MPSF) will play its final regular season home matches this week. The Cardinal hosts Pacific (2-21, 1-19 MPSF) on Thursday, April 3 and Cal Baptist (4-20, 2-18 MPSF) on Friday, April 4. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: Live stats for the matches can be found on the men’s volleyball schedule page on GoStanford.com. A free webcast will be available for both matches here: http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university. KZSU radio will also broadcast the matches at 90.1 FM or online at http://kzsu.stanford.edu/.
SCOUTING PACIFIC: Pacific is in its final season of men’s volleyball as the athletic department will not support the program after this year. The Tigers (2-21, 1-19 MPSF) are led by freshman outside hitter Thomas Hodges 3.32 kills, 1.12 digs and 1.14 blocks per set. Junior middle blocker Tommy Carmody adds 1.85 kills and 1.55 blocks per set, while hitting .315. Senior libero Javier Caceres anchors the defense with 2.43 digs per set.
SCOUTING CAL BAPTIST: The Lancers enter the week 4-20 overall and 2-18 in the MPSF. Cal Baptist is hitting .278 as a team and averaging 7.85 digs per set. Junior outside hitter Johannes Brink paces the squad with 4.05 kills per set, hitting .272. Sophomore outside hitter Rocky DeLyon adds 2.23 kills per set, while sophomore setter Brett Anderson controls the offense with 10.27 assists 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).
LAST TIME OUT: Stanford defated then-No. 7 USC (3-1) and No. 3 Pepperdine (3-0) last week to increase its winning streak to seven. The Cardinal swept the season series against both USC and Pepperdine for the first time since 1996. Senior Brian Cook led the team with 4.43 kills, 1.29 digs and 5.07 points per set.
IN THE POLL: Stanford remained jumped to No. 4 in the latest AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Poll after defeating then-No. 7 USC and sweeping No. 3 Pepperdine. The Cardinal is one of nine MPSF teams ranked in the top 15 with all nine appearing in the top 10.
STATISTICAL RANKINGS: The following is Stanford’s team and individual rankings among the nation’s top-25.
Hitting Percentage: .334, 3rd
Kills per set: 13.71, 3rd (Brian Cook 3.67, 16th)
Assists per set: 12.97, 3rd (James Shaw 11.06, 8th)
Digs per set: 9.84, 5th (Grant Delgado 2.53, 9th)
Aces per set: 1.43, 7th
Points per set: (Brian Cook 4.21, 21st)
SENIOR STATEMENTS: Senior outside hitters Brian Cook and Steven Irvin pace the Cardinal this season with 3.67 and 3.36 kills per set, respectively. Cook has led the Cardinal in the kill column 15 times, while Irvin 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 137-89 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.