Cardinal men open volleyball season with a home victory


The 10th-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team beat visiting UC Santa Cruz, 27-29, 25-11, 25-13, 25-18, Friday in the season opener for both teams.

Fifth-year senior Daniel Tublin recorded 10 kills, eight digs and three blocks to lead the Cardinal, which out-hit the Banana Slugs, .301 to .008.

"I thought we did a really nice job coming out and opening the 2015 season," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "Santa Cruz is a solid opponent and they played well. We had to raise our game to get the victory."

Junior opposite Alex Stephanus, who made his first collegiate start, finished with nine kills and a career high six blocks. Junior middle Conrad Kaminski also collected six blocks to go with eight kills on 10 errorless swings to hit .800.

"This was a good match to show our guys that we have to stay focused at practice and keep doing the things that we are doing," said Kosty, in his ninth year. "We are not going to be able to just settle in and earn points on one swing. We are going to have to move the ball around and do some different things from the service line. I thought we did a nice job throughout the match on doing those things."

Freshman Kyle Dagostino started at setter and controlled the offense with 38 assists to go with eight digs and two blocks.

"Kyle is our starting setter and he did a nice job tonight," said Kosty. "He had a nice fall and he understands the game. He did a really nice job tonight spreading out our offense and getting our hitters great swings."

Junior Madison Hayden, who also made his first career start, had eight kills and 10 digs for the Cardinal, while senior middle Spencer Haly hit .750 with six kills and three blocks in just one set played.

Stanford remains on The Farm next week to host the AVCA Showcase, Jan. 9-10. The Cardinal welcomes defending national champion Loyola Chicago, NCAA semifinal participant BYU and NCAA play-in participant Lewis University to Maples Pavilion.


Led by redshirt sophomore Maxwell Hvolbek, the Stanford wrestling team finished 19th with 32.0 team points at the 2015 Defense Soap & Flips Wrestling Southern Scuffle, Friday, in McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hvolbek placed eighth at 157 pounds, finishing 3-3 in the tournament. After dropping a 7-1 decision to No. 12 Russell Parsons of Army in the quarterfinals, the redshirt sophomore posted an 8-5 decision over Chris Mears of North Carolina. He then fell to Tommy Gant (unattached), 6-3, before dropping a 10-4 decision to 19th-ranked Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State in the seventh-place match. Hvolbek is now 14-9 overall on the year.

True freshman Isaiah Locsin (141 pounds) and redshirt sophomore Jim Wilson (165 pounds) also dropped quarterfinals matches on Friday. Locsin was edged 3-2 by 10th-ranked Zachary Horan of Central Michigan, while Wilson fell to No. 15 Peyton Walsh of Navy, 5-4.

Redshirt freshman Keaton Subjeck went 2-1 on the afternoon at 174 pounds, opening with a 7-3 decision over Brett Stein of Gardner Webb. He then secured a fall in 6:20 over Chattanooga's Levi Clemons before being eliminated from the tournament by Oklahoma State's Jordan Rogers, 10-3. Subjeck is 13-6 overall on the season.

Redshirt freshman heavyweight Nathan Butler went 2-1 on Friday, finishing the tournament 4-2 overall. He posted an 8-4 decision, which went to a second tiebreaker, over Lehigh's Doug Vollaro. He then edged 16th-ranked Tanner Harms of Wyoming, 3-2, before dropping a 3-1 sudden victory decision to No. 19 Riley Shaw of Cleveland State.

Redshirt sophomore 184-pounders Ryan Davies and Zach Nevills both finished 1-1 on the day and 3-2 in the tournament.

Penn State won the team title with 165.0 points. Missouri (150.0) came in second, while Oklahoma State (135.5) finished third.

Up next, Stanford travels to Corvallis, Ore., for a Pac-12 dual against Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. PT. The action will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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