The Stanford men’s volleyball team embarks on yet another MPSF road trip this weekend through Southern California, this time to face UC-Irvine and UC-San Diego in a two-game series that begins Friday night in Irvine.
A night after the Stanford men’s volleyball team showed off its muscle in a four-set brawl of a victory over No. 8 UCLA, the Cardinal was just two points from what wouldn’t have been a shocking, but certainly a surprising and painful home sweep at the hands of UC-Santa Barbara.
No. 5 Stanford (10-4, 7-4 MPSF) rode a balanced offensive attack to the victory, with four players registering at least six kills. Senior outside hitter Spencer McLachlin had a game-high 10 kills on just 15 attacks for an outstanding .600 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Brad Lawson also had nine kills on 14 attacks, and junior middle blocker Gus Ellis had eight kills on 14 attacks. The trio combined for 27 of Stanford’s 37 kills and hit .512 collectively.
The No. 4 Stanford men’s volleyball team was on the verge of dropping two straight home matches for the first time in over a year after a stunning 3-0 loss at the hands of No. 12 UC-San Diego. But with its back to the wall, the Cardinal rallied from a 2-1 set deficit and earned a weekend split with a five-set victory over No. 8 UC-Irvine.
After a weekend sweep through the Chicago area, the Stanford men’s volleyball team is back on the Farm in a return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play tonight against No. 12 UC San Diego.