The Stanford men's volleyball team won once in four matches to open its season Friday at the 50th ASICS UC Santa Barbara Tournament.
The Cardinal plays UCLA in the seventh-place match on Saturday. It will mark the first regulation competition of the year.
Stanford opened with a 29-27, 25-20 loss to Harvard, which will be playing in the championship match against Long Beach State.
The Cardinal rebounded against Pacific, 25-22, 25-19, to complete the first session.
Stanford extended both Cal Baptist and the host Gauchos to three sets before losing. The Cardinal fell to cal Baptist, 25-17, 22-25, 15-12, and to UCSB, 25-22, 24-26, 15-8.
"So far, it has been a good tournament for us despite the outcomes," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "We got a lot of guys some good playing time against good competition. Both setters [James Shaw and Joe Ctvrtlik got some good work in for us."
Harvard won Pool A with a 3-1 record and Long Beach State went undefeated in Pool B.