No. 10 Stanford picks up four-set road win at No. 4 Pepperdine
MALIBU, Calif. -- Tenth-ranked Stanford topped No. 4 Pepperdine 25-21, 15-25, 28-26, 25-21 on Friday at Firestone Fieldhouse. With the win, the Cardinal move to 11-7 overall and 8-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Waves fall to 9-5 overall and in the conference.
Stanford was able to notch the win on the road by hitting .377 as a team and posting a sideout percentage of 75 for the match. Pepperdine also hit well offensively (.374) and edged the Cardinal in the block column (9.0 to 8.5).
Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin paced the team with 17 kills on a .483 attack percentage, while also tallying five digs and three blocks. Senior Brian Cook added 16 kills and eight digs. Senior opposite Eric Mochalski also registered double-digit kills, finishing with 13.
Sophomore setter James Shaw guided the offense, posting 56 assists to go with five kills and five digs. Stanford middles Denny Falls and Conrad Kaminski chipped in with seven and six kills, respectively. Redshirt junior libero Grant Delgado collected a team-best 10 digs.
Stanford came out fired up, hitting .615 in the opening set by putting down 19 kills. The Cardinal again recorded 19 kills in the fourth set to finish off the Waves. Stanford’s 64 kills tied for the second-most in a match this season.
Pepperdine was led by Parker Kalmbach’s 17 kills and six digs. Josh Taylor and Kyle Gerrans added 13 kills apiece for the Waves.