Feb. 7, 1998
STANFORD, Calif. - The defending national champion Stanford men's volleyball team remains perfect on the season with a 3-0 (15-6, 15-8, 15-0) win over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival and No. 12 Pacific at Burnham Pavilion. With the win, Stanford improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the MPSF while the loss dropped Pacific to 5-3 overall and an even 2-2 in the MPSF. Both of the Tiger's conference losses have come against Stanford.
Much different than the meeting between these two teams one week ago in Stockton, Calif. when the Tigers took a 15-11 opening game win, it was all Cardinal in the opening frame this time around. After jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead, Stanford eventually built leads of 9-1 and 12-3 en route to a 15-6 win. The Cardinal hit .438 in the first game while limiting the Tiger to just a .192 clip.
Pacific regrouped in game two but was unable to string any runs together and apply some pressure on the Cardinal. Tied at 4-4, Stanford went on a 6-0 run the put the game out of reach. The teams traded points to make the game 13-8 before the Cardinal clinched it 15-8. Pacific improved on its attack (.354) while Stanford remained consistent with a .422 showing.
Stanford dominated play in in game three to seal the victory with a 15-0 decision. The Cardinal hit a season-high and near-perfect .765 for the game while the Tigers hit .000.
Stanford sophomore outside hitter Andy Witt recorded a match-high 14 kills. Senior middle blocker Tad Hoffman turned in a phenomenal performance, hitting .846 (11-0-13) while adding eight block assists and two service aces. Hoffman recorded 11 kills on 13 attempts with zero errors (.846). He also added eight block assists and two service aces. Junior middle blocker J.D. Brosnan paced the Pacific attack with 10 kills.
Stanford will return to action on The Farm on Friday, February 20 when it hosts No. 3 Pepperdine at 7:00 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The match represents the first of three matches to be played in Maples this season.