LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 13th-ranked UC San Diego men's volleyball team couldn't repeat its earlier upset over No. 3 Stanford and fell, 3-1, to the Cardinal before a record crowd of 1,012 at RIMAC Arena Saturday night.
Scores went 25-22, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-17. UCSD fell to 6-14 overall and 3-11 in MPSF matches, while Stanford upped its marks to 14-4 and 11-4. it was the fifth consecutive win for the Cardinal.
The Triton offense definitely had spurts of excellence, but the team ended up hitting .272 to Stanford's .369.
Outside hitter Carl Eberts led the Tritons with 15 kills and a .429 attack percentage. He was trailed by outside Joel Davidson with 11 and opposite Shane Veiga with 10. Chase Frishman had a match-high 14 digs.
The Cardinal got 21 kills and a .436 attack percentage out of outside Spencer McLachlin. Brad Lawson finished with 17 kills and Brian Cook had 12. Erik Shoji dug 13 balls and Lawson scooped 11.
The teams split the season series. UCSD pulled a huge 3-0 upset at Stanford on Feb. 11, snapping the Cardinal's 18-match home win streak. It was the first time ever the Tritons had won at Maples Pavilion.
The crowd of over 1,000 was the most ever for a UCSD men's volleyball match at RIMAC. The previous high was 906 against UCLA in 2009. It was the third highest attended Triton match - home or away - of the year. Both of last week's matches at BYU had more, one with 2,867, the other with 1,532.
The Tritons go on the road next week to play at No. 1 USC on Friday, Mar. 11 and at No. 9 Pepperdine on Saturday, Mar. 12. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.
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