Curt Toppel, Stanford University

4/3/2000

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Curt Toppel, Stanford University
Fr., 6-9, MB (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)

Curt Toppel, a 6-9 middle blocker for No. 13 Stanford is the AVCA/Sports Imports Division I/II Men's National Player of the Week for the week ending April 3, 2000.  The Cardinal first played host to No. 3 USC on March 31st; despite Toppel's match-high 32 kills, the Cardinal was unable to upset their higher ranked opponent losing in four-games.  The opportunity to orchestrate an upset was again a reality on April 1st.  The No. 1 ranked team in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll, Long Beach State University was up next for Stanford.  Long Beach captured games one and two 15-5, 15-7, but Toppel and the rest of the Cardinal squad were not going to let the opportunity pass.  The Stanford offense came to life in games three through five, capturing the fifth game 15-11 behind a .667 hitting percentage.  The freshman became the first athlete to break the 50 kill mark thus far in 2000.  Toppel's 50 kills on 87 attempts for a .471 hitting percentage allowed the No. 13 team in the nation to put a poetic end to April Fools Day.  For the week Toppel averaged 9.11 kills per game, .56 digs per game and 1.0 block per game.

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