Tritons conquer Stanford
Balanced attack puts UC San Diego past defending champs
STANFORD, Calif. - A season high .477 attack percentage helped the No. 12 UC San Diego men's volleyball team to an upset sweep over No. 4 Stanford, the reigning national champion, Friday at Maples Pavilion. Scores were 25-18, 30-28 and 25-16 as the Tritons took down the Cardinal for the first time since 2006.
The win put an end to Stanford's (8-3, 5-3 MPSF) 18-match winning streak on its home court. The Cardinal had not been swept at home since Apr. 17, 2009 by UC Irvine.
UCSD (6-8, 3-5 MPSF) put down 50 kills with just eight errors in 88 attacks. Five Tritons hit north of .400, led by senior middle blocker Calvin Ross, who went 7-1-10 for a .600 attack percentage. Outside Carl Eberts continued his solid play, contributing a match best 15 kills with four digs, a block and 15.5 points. Eberts has recorded double digit kill totals in five of his last six matches.
Junior opposite Shane Veiga had 11 kills, four digs and three blocks for the Tritons. Phil Bannan paced the offense with 42 assists. He also added five blocks as the Tritons out-blocked the Cardinal 10-3. Stanford was held to a .182 (41-23-99) attack percentage.
"This was definitely a big win for us tonight," said UCSD head coach Kevin Ring. "Everyone played well. To win on the road is hard enough but to beat a team of that caliber makes it even more impressive."
Stanford got 12 kills out of Brian Cook and 11 from Spencer McLachlin. McLachlin also had a match high eight digs.
The Cardinal managed to hit a stellar .410 in the second set considering they posted an .088 mark in the opening set and swung at a dreadful -.038 in the third frame. UC San Diego put up a .625 in the middle set with 21 kills and just one error in 32 swings.
The last time UCSD had defeated Stanford was on Apr. 14, 2006, a 3-1 win in La Jolla.
"From start to finish, we played a heck of a match - we stepped on the gas and never let up," said Ring. "It was a great night."