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Back in Maples
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/01/2015

THIS WEEK: The 14th-ranked Stanford men’s volleyball team (9-13,6-10 MPSF) returns to The Farm this week to play host to Cal Baptist on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. and No. 8 USC on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Both matches will be played in Maples Pavilion.

CATCH THE CARDINAL: Live stats for the matches can be found on the men’s volleyball schedule page on GoStanford.com. A live stream link for the Cal Baptist match is also be available on the schedule page. Saturday’s match against USC will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Barnett and Al Scates on the call.

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).

SCOUTING CAL BAPTIST: Cal Baptist enters the week with a 6-18 overall record and 2-16 mark in the MPSF. The Lancers have dropped five straight matches, including four to ranked opponents. Senior opposite Jonathan Tuttle leads the team with 2.34 kills and 1.05 digs per set, while freshman middle blocker Enrique Garcia adds 1.54 kills and 1.25 blocks per set with a .362 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Zachary Melcher controls the offense with 8.89 assists per set, which ranks seventh in the MPSF.

SCOUTING USC: USC is coming off five-set wins last week over then-No. 7 UC Santa Barbara and No. 12 UCLA last week. The Trojans rank in the top half of the MPSF in aces (1.38; 3rd), kills (12.49; 4th), assists (11.92; 4th), opponent hitting percentage (.228; 4th), digs (9.41; 6th) and hitting percentage (.260; 6th). Senior setter Micah Christenson leads the team with 10.49 assists and 2.22 digs per set, which rank third and sixth in the MPSF, respectively. Senior middle blocker Robert Featers is second in the conference with a .424 attack percentage, while junior Alex Slaught paces the team with 2.65 kills per set.

LAST TIME OUT: After winning four straight matches, the Cardinal dropped two last weekend in southern California, including a four-set loss at then-No. 14 CSUN and was swept at No. 10 Long Beach State. Without an injured James Shaw, the offense struggled to find its rhythm and combined for 43 attack errors.

IN THE POLL: Stanford slipped to No. 14 in the top-15 in the AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Poll after its losses last weekend. The Cardinal is one of 10 MPSF squads ranked in the top 15.

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: After losing five seniors to graduation, including All-Americans Brian Cook, Steven Irvin and opposite Eric Mochalski, the Cardinal is looking to replace 72 percent of its offense from 2014. Looking for consistency on the court, Stanford has used 16 different starting line-ups in 22 matches this season.

NATIONAL STATISTICS: Junior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski ranks eighth in the nation with a .394 attack percentage, which is sixth in the MPSF. As a team, Stanford is 17th in the nation with 9.11 digs per set, 19th with 11.16 assists, 1.35 aces and 11.86 kills per set. It also ranks in the top-25 in blocks (2.17, 24th) and hitting percentage (.234, 25th).

THE ROAD TO STANFORD: The road to the 2015 NCAA title runs through Stanford, Calif., this season. The Cardinal will be the host site of the championship, held May 7&9 in Maples Pavilion. Stanford will also host both play-in matches on May 5. Tickets are on-sale now for the championship at gostanford.com/tickets.

HEAD COACH JOHN KOSTY: Stanford head coach John Kosty is in his ninth season at the helm of the Cardinal program and his 25th overall on staff. He is 154-104 in his career and has guided Stanford to the 2010 NCAA national championship and the 2014 NCAA finals. The Cardinal has produced a first team AVCA All-America selection in each of the past seven seasons under Kosty.


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