STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 4 Stanford men’s volleyball team registered its 12th sweep of the season, defeating Pacific 25-17, 25-18, 25-21, Thursday, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal, which has won eight in a row, moves to 17-7 overall and 14-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Tigers fall to 2-22 and 1-20 in conference.
Stanford, which is third in the nation in hitting percentage, posted a .359 attack percentage against the Tigers. Pacific hit .129, but outblocked the Cardinal 9.5 to 7.0.
“We had a good serving and passing game tonight,” said sophomore middle Conrad Kaminski. “We executed well and took care of their main weapons on defense. I think that allowed us to do what we needed to on our side of the net, and stop what they were trying to do as well. That gave us the advantage at the end of the sets.”
Kaminski finished with seven kills on nine errorless swings to hit .778. He also tallied four blocks and two digs. Seniors Steven Irvin and Eric Mochalski notched a match-high 12 kills apiece. Mochalski added four digs, three blocks and an ace. Senior outside hitter Brian Cook added 11 kills, six digs and two blocks.
Sophomore setter James Shaw racked up 40 assists and eight digs while directing the offense. Junior middle Spencer Haly finished with three kills and two blocks, while redshirt junior libero Grant Delgado recorded a match high 10 digs.
Pacific was led by freshman Thomas Hodges’ nine kills, four digs and three blocks. Junior middle blocker Tommy Carmody added eight kills on a .312 hitting percentage and four blocks.
Stanford hosts Cal Baptist for its final regular season home match on Friday, April 4. The Cardinal and Lancers will battle at 7 p.m. PT in Maples Pavilion. Stanford’s five seniors, Cook, Irvin, Mochalski, Denny Falls and Scott Sakaida, will be honored after the match.
“Our senior class is huge for our team in a lot of ways,” said Kaminski. “Everyone who has met them knows what they mean to this team and how much they have taught us on and off the court. It will be fun to see our friends get recognized for all of that, but also it’s sad that they have to go at the end of this year.”