UCSB was swept at Stanford, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22, in a MPSF men’s volleyball match on Saturday. It was the fourth straight loss for the Gauchos.
Stanford dominated the match with a team hitting percentage of .322 and 41 total kills, The Cardinal improve to 6-2, 3-2 while the Gauchos fell to 3-5, 1-4.
In the first set, the Cardinal bounced back from a quick 4-1 deficit and began trading points with UCSB. At 17-13, Spencer Haly’s kill had the Cardinal running away with the set. Stanford authority marked the second set and they never gave up the lead. With a 21-17 lead, James Shaw served the Cardinal to victory.
Although the third set had the teams trading points, Stanford was able to hold on to a tight lead. With a small lead of 17-16, Stanford maximized their offense and took advantage of UCSB’s two errors. Brian Cook and Steven Irvin put down six kills of the final eight points, ending the hopes of a Gaucho comeback.
The match had the Gauchos all over the court and scrambling to find an effective combination that could contest their opposition. Thirteen Gauchos found the floor, but could not stop the home team. Stanford outdug (37 to 31 digs) and outblocked (17 to 10 total blocks) the Gauchos.