Stanford men drop home volleyball match to the 49ers


Daniel Tublin had 16 kills and 12 digs but the 12th-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team fell to visiting Long Beach State, 18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Wednesday night.

Evan Enriques added 12 kills, James Shaw had 44 kills and a hitting percentage of .545 on 11 attempts for the Cardinal. Kyle Dagostino added 14 digs.

Stanford (1-2 MPSF, 2-4 overall) looks to get back in the winning column on Friday, when Cal State Northridge visits for a MPSF match at 7 p.m.

In the first set, Stanford held a 14-13 edge at the media timeout. Enriques helped the Cardinal eventually open a 7-point advantage with a kill and Spencer Haly's kill ended the set.

The Cardinal fell behind early in the second set before rallying to open a two-point lead at 11-9. Consecutive kills from Gabriel Vega tied and then gave Stanford its first edge of the set.

Long Beach State recovered to make a run and forge ahead, 19-15. Stanford put together a run that tied the set at 19, with kills from Shaw and Kaminski sparking the rally.

It was still tied at 22 before the 49ers grabbed the upper hand and eventually held on.

Kaminski's kill gave Stanford a 15-14 lead in the third set but a couple of attack errors gave Long Beach State the momentum the rest of the way.

The 49ers scored the first three points of the fourth set, but Stanford recovered to tie at 9. The Cardinal also recovered to close within 22-20 before Long Beach State finished the match.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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