UC San Diego Swept by No. 8 Stanford

4/4/2008

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Stanford, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's volleyball team had two shots at game point in game two but came up short in a 30-20, 35-33, 30-20 loss to No. 8 Stanford on Friday night.

Eric Leserman recorded nine digs, tying the UCSD single-season mark of 267, a mark Leserman set during the 2007 season. Frank Fritsch led UCSD with 12 kills while Shane Veiga added 10 kills on .318 hitting.

Stanford was led by Evan Romero with 21 kills on .378 hitting. With the loss, UCSD drops to 9-17, 5-14 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while Stanford improves to 15-9, 10-9 MPSF. UCSD is back in action tomorrow night when it travels to Stockton to face Pacific.

In the first game, Stanford led 10-4 early on. The Tritons came within 18-15 after a Calvin Ross kill. Trailing 21-18, Stanford went on a 9-2 run to close the game at 30-20.

In game two, the Tritons led 16-15 after a Stanford service error. Tied at 20-20, Stanford took a 25-21 lead. The Tritons came back to tie the game at 26-26 after a Veiga kill and took the lead on an ace by Erik Sierks at 27-26. Stanford led 29-27 and appeared to have the game, but a Tyler Kern kill and Veiga and Kern block tied the game at 29-29. The Tritons had game point after a Russ Hardy kill put the Tritons on top 31-30. After Stanford's point, UCSD had another game point at 32-31 after a Stanford error. The Cardinal came through with three consecutive kills and would take the game 35-33.

The Cardinal controlled the third game, scoring the first five points and leading 13-5. UCSD could never recover as Stanford cruised to the 30-20 win.

Leserman, already UCSD's career leader in digs in this, his junior year, will set a school single-season record with his next dig, which should come Saturday night.

Article courtesy of UC San Diego athletics.

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