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Men's Volleyball
Posted: 01/08/2019

No. 11 Stanford (2-0) vs. No. 14 Ball State (2-1)
Thursday • 7 p.m. (Maples)
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No. 11 Stanford (2-0) vs. No. 7 Ohio State (2-0)
Saturday • 7 p.m. (Burnham)
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IN THE POLL: Stanford moved up two spots to No. 11 in this week's AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches' Poll. For the 12th consecutive year, the Cardinal as ranked to start the season. Five MPSF squads are ranked in this week's poll.

COACHES POLL: Stanford was picked to finish fourth in the MPSF by the league's coaches prior to the start of the 2019 season. UCLA, which received six first-place votes, was selected to win the MPSF, while BYU  collected the remaining first-place vote and came in second and Pepperdine was third.

MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Jaylen Jasper was named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career. The opposite hit .654 and averaged 3.17 kills, 0.67 aces and 4.33 kills per set in a pair of sweeps over Menlo College and UC Santa Cruz. He hit a career-high .733 against the Oaks - the highest by an MPSF player during the opening week of play.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: After the opening weekend of play, Stanford leads the nation in hitting percentage (.483) and aces per set (3.50). Individually, sophomore opposite Jaylen Jasper is second in hitting percentage (.654), 10th in points per set (4.33), 11th in aces per set (0.67) and 16th in kills per set (3.17). 

OFF THE BLOCK PRESEASON RECOGNITION: Sophomore Jaylen Jasper landed on the Off The Block/Springbak Preseason All-America second team. Libero Kyle Dagostino received votes, which were collected from coaches around the nation. Additionally, several Cardinal were named to preseason watch lists:

Paul Bischoff, Jr. (Lloy Ball Award - best setter)
Jaylen Jasper, So. (Bryan Ivie Award - best opposite)
Jordan Ewert, Sr. (Karch Kiraly Award - best outside hitter)
Kyler Presho, So. (Ryan Millar Award - best middle blocker)
Kyle Dagostino, RS Sr. (Erik Shoji Award - best libero) 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Kyle Dagostino represented the U.S. in its seventh-place finish at the Pan American Cup in Mexico over the summer. Jaylen Jasper, Kyler Presho and JP Reilly all competed on the U.S. Junior National Team, which took fourth at the NORCECA U21 Continental Championship in Cuba. Freshman  Justin Lui, who hails from Pickering, Ontario, played for Canada at the U21 Continental Championship.

NEW-LOOK MPSF: Last season, each MPSF team played 12 conference matches,  featuring a home and away against each opponent. The 2019 MPSF Tournament will begin with seed two, three and four hosting a quarterfinal match on April 13. The conference semifinals will be played at the No. 1 seed. The MPSF Tournament winner will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

HEAD COACH JOHN KOSTY: Stanford head coach John Kosty enters his 13th season at the helm of the Cardinal program and his 29th overall on staff in 2019. He is now 193-148 in his career and has guided Stanford to the 2010 NCAA national championship and the 2014 NCAA finals. The Cardinal has produced a first team AVCA All-America selection in eight of the past 11 seasons under Kosty. Stanford has appeared in the MPSF Tournament in 10 of Kosty's 12 seasons (missing out in 2007 and 2015).
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