Jan. 18, 2009

 

Courtesy of Stanford

MUNCIE, Ind. - No. 4 Stanford completed a two-match Midwest sweep of ranked teams by beating No. 13 Ball State, 30-20, 32-30, 30-22, in a nonconference men's volleyball match Saturday.

 

Spencer McLachlin, Evan Romero and Brad Lawson shared match-high kill honors with 11 apiece for Stanford (5-1), which had swept No. 14 Ohio State on Friday night at St. John Arena. McLachlin was the most effective, hitting .421 and slamming down a kill when Stanford faced set point while trailing 29-28 in the second.

 

"We keep having a different guy come through," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "Last night, it was Evan Romero. Tonight, it was Spencer."

 

McLachlin said the balanced offense takes the burden off each hitter.

 

"It's easier to play when you know there are other guys you can go to," McLachlin said. "You don't have the pressure."

 

Freshman libero Erik Shoji had 13 digs, but sophomore Jordan Inafuku entered in the second set and had a pair of clutch digs that helped Stanford fight off Ball State (0-1).

 

All-American setter Kawika Shoji had 38 assists for the Cardinal, which spoiled Ball State's season opener before a crowd of 3,729.

 

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"It was a great atmosphere," Kosty said. "The crowd was really into it."

 

Next, Stanford heads into a pair of formidable Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches, at No. 6 USC and No. 3 Pepperdine on Friday and Saturday. Those will mark Stanford's seventh and eighth road matches to start the season before its home opener Jan. 30 against Long Beach State at Maples Pavilion.