No. 4 Stanford Closes Regular Season by Sweeping No. 9 UCLA

4/18/2009

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STANFORD, Calif. - Evan Romero closed the regular season with a 16-kill, .517 hitting performance to lead Stanford to a 30-23, 30-26, 30-28 men's volleyball sweep of No. 9 UCLA on Saturday at Maples Pavilion.

No. 4 Stanford (21-10, 14-8) finished the regular season fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and was awaiting the result of USC's match in Hawaii (a 10 p.m. PT start) to find out what it will do next.

Stanford will play the Trojans in the first round of the MPSF tournament on April 25, that much is known. But if USC beats Hawaii, the Trojans will move into a tie with Stanford and carry the tiebreaker, achieving homecourt advantage. A loss, and the match is at Stanford.

The victory came one night after the Cardinal was swept at home by No. 1 UC Irvine, meaning Stanford hasn't lost back-to-back matches since Feb. 19-20 and closed out the season's homestretch with a 13-3 record.

"We have a very confident team right now," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "We know we can compete with anyone in the nation."

Spencer McLachlin had 14 kills to help Stanford hit .366 as a team, and outside hitter Brad Lawson (11 kills) played a strong all-around match.

Brandon Williams, one of four honored before the match on Senior Night, hit .636 on 11 attacks (eight kills) against UCLA (14-15, 10-12), and hit .476 in conference play. Defensively, Williams had four blocks and helped limit UCLA's big hitters, Sean O'Malley Jack Polales and Garrett Muagututis, to a combined 28 kills.

The 21 victories are the most for Stanford since its 1997 championship team won 27, and its 14 conference victories are the most for the program since 2003.

Article courtesy of Stanford athletics.

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