Stanford Men Capture Season Opener
- Stanford Captures Season Opener
Cardinal cruise past UC Santa Cruz in three games.
Jan. 6, 2004
SANTA CRUZ, Calif - The Stanford University men's volleyball team opened the
season with a three-game sweep of UC Santa Cruz. The Cardinal, who swept the
Banana Slugs to open the season last year, won by scores of 30-21, 30-18,
The Cardinal, led by the strong play of sophomore outside hitter Ben Reddy,
registered a .304 hitting percentage, while holding the hosts to a .052
percentage. Reddy paced the Stanford attack with a career-high 11 kills and
recorded a .429 hitting percentage on the night.
"We had our first game mistakes, but on the whole it was a good match and
got us off to a good start." said Stanford Head Coach Don Shaw.
Stanford will now pack its bags for Santa Barbara where the Cardinal will
participate in the UCSB/Elephant Bar Collegiate Invitational this weekend.
The Cardinal will be the No. 8 seed in the UCSB tournament and will take on
No. 1 seeded Long Beach State in the first round of the tournament on
January 9th at 7:00 pm. Stanford will then play again at 10:00 a.m. in
either the championship or consolation semifinals and will conclude
tournament play with another match Saturday evening. Last season, the
Cardinal went 1-2 in the tournament to finish in sixth place.
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