NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Brian Cook had 21 kills and led No. 3 Stanford to a strong hitting night in a 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-21) victory against No. 8 Cal State Northridge in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Friday.
After hitting .312 to take set one 25-22, Cal State Northridge hit no higher than a .226 during the final three sets, while surrendering five Stanford aces.
Stanford (9-4 overall, 6-4 MPSF) had a season-high .466 hitting percentage, including .692 during the pivotal second and third sets when the Cardinal rallied to pull ahead. Conversely, the Matadors wound up hitting .221 (46-21-113) for the match.
The Cardinal had only two hitting errors during that stretch, with Cook taking 14 swings without an error, and getting 11 kills.
Steven Irvin had 14 kills and only two errors (.533) and had eight digs, and Cook hit .459. Setter James Shaw had 52 assists, a team season-high for a four-set match, as the Cardinal earned its sixth consecutive victory in the series against the Matadors (6-5, 4-5).
John Baker led a trio of Matador hitters in double figures with 13 kills (.303) while Jared Moore added 11 (.625) and Kyle Stevenson chipped in 10 (.077). Sophomore Alex Jones started in place of an injured Travis Magorien and handed out 41 assists and matched Baker for team-high honors with five digs. Baker also had one of just two CSUN aces in the match.
*Cal State Northridge Athletics contributed to this article