Just call the Stanford men's volleyball team the Cardiac Kids. The Cardinal keeps finding ways to win heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat matches.
Brad Lawson recorded a season-high 23 kills and fourth-ranked Stanford downed visiting Pacific, 25-20, 25-12, 22-25, 25-22, Wednesday in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action at Burnham Pavilion.
This is the same team that has rallied from fifth-set deficits twice to win and then, unpredictably, fell easily at Long Beach State last week.
Against Pacific, Stanford (5-2, 6-2) was in command of the match after winning the first two sets and led, 22-19, in the third set.
The No. 15 Tigers rallied for six consecutive points to win the set and were leading, 18-16, in the fourth set.
The Cardinal went on a run, outscoring Pacific, 7-2, and then surviving another scare to finish it off behind kills from Spencer McLachlin and Brian Cook.
The victory helped Stanford put its dreadful performance at Long Beach State on Saturday in the closet, slamming the door on a match in which the Cardinal hit only .021 as a team. This time, Stanford hit a robust .363, including .614 through the first two sets.
"It is all about serving and passing," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "We served and passed better than we did against Long Beach. The other thing was getting our entire offense in gear. We need to run a balanced offense and tonight we ran a pretty balanced offense. I was happy with that."
Lawson hit .929 with 13 kills in 14 attacks in the first two sets and finished with a .487 hitting percentage with five blocks and four digs. Cook and McLachlin each had 11 kills.
Stanford travels to Chicago, and severe weather, for matches Friday at Lewis and Saturday at Loyola. The Midwest has been pummeled by snowstorms and cold temperatures.
Lewis' bandbox of a gym holds 1,100 and it is expected to be packed for a match against the defending national champions. Loyola should be similar. The Ramblers are on a 21-match home winning streak at Alumni Gym.
"When I scheduled it over the summer, I knew Lewis and Loyola were going to be good teams in very hostile environments," Kosty said. "I didn't schedule the storm, but everything else I did schedule for. They're great opponents and we're really looking forward to going out there and competing at a high level and with a lot of intensity."
The matches will conclude a seven-match, seven-city stretch in which the team will have traveled 9,227 miles stretching from Hawaii to Illinois.
Stanford senior guard Jeanette Pohlen was added to the State Farm Wade Watch List, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), on behalf of the Wade Trophy Coalition, announced Wednesday.
The announcement unites Pohlen with Stanford teammates Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen, who were named Wade Trophy hopefuls during the preseason.
Pohlen enters this weekend's road trip to Arizona averaging 16.5 points, 5.00 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game through Stanford's first 20 contests.
David Chung shot an even-par 72 and Stanford shot a 293 in the first round of the Amer Ari Invitational on the Kings' Course at Waikoloa on the Big Island on Wednesday.
The Cardinal is in 19th place following the first day of action, 22 strokes behind USC's 17-under 271.
Chung is tied for 42nd place, 10 strokes behind leader Daniel Miernicki of Oregon.
USC sophomore Martin Trainer, a Gunn High grad, shot a 67 and is tied for fifth.
Former Stanford standout Cassidy Krug, along with her partner Kassidy Cook, won the U.S. Winter National Championship in the women's synchronized 3-meter this week in Iowa City, Iowa. It is the second title for the duo.