No. 7 Stanford Completes Island Sweep of No. 11 Hawai'i

2/28/2009

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HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Despite the return home of its six Honolulu natives, the No. 7 Stanford men's volleyball team proved it was all business by completing its second sweep of No. 11 Hawai'i in two matches.

The Cardinal got 15 kills from Spencer McLachlin, one of Stanford's four Hawaiian starters, in a 30-27, 30-21, 30-26 victory over the Warriors before 3,565 at Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday night.

Stanford, which also won on Thursday, improved to 11-7 overall and 7-6 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. Hawai'i dropped to 3-10 and 2-8.

Two reasons for the victory were blocking (11 as a team) and hitting (.273). Stanford was efficient, hitting at least 70 percent as a team each set. Meanwhile, the Warriors were limited to a .160 hitting percentage, an exceptional figure for the Cardinal defense.

Leading defensive figures for the Cardinal were Erik Shoji's 23 digs, and four blocks apiece from Evan Romero, Garrett Werner and Brandon Williams.

Stanford also served at 89 percent efficiency, living up to coach John Kosty's mantra that serving efficiency is vital.

Also, Stanford setter and Hawaii native Kawika Shoji had 39 assists.

Now begins an inviting stretch run for Stanford in which 11 of its final 13 regular-season matches are at home, including seven of nine in MPSF play.

Article courtesy of Stanford athletics.

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