Head coach John Kosty is encouraged by the way the freshmen have fit in to the program.
Nov. 13, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford men's volleyball team will attend the Fall Invitational on Nov. 15-16 hosted by UC Irvine. After returning from the Can-Am Challenge in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Cardinal's fall season record is 3-1, losing only to Alberta, but they plan to finish the spring season strong this weekend.
The tournament features fellow Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams UC Irvine, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge, UC San Diego, and Pacific in addition to nonconference opponent UC Santa Cruz. Stanford will compete in two matches on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Saturday's opponents are UC Santa Barbara, which Stanford beat twice in the 2008 spring season, and Cal State Northridge, which Stanford faced four times, beating the Matadors once. Northridge knocked Stanford from the MPSF tournament in the first round 3-0, ending Stanford's season and its first appearance at the MPSF championships in five years. Sunday's opponent, UC Irvine, will be challenged by the Cardinal, which proved dominant in two wins last spring.
In order to be successful this weekend, "mentally, we've got to play really well to compete, we'll see much better competition than we saw in Canada," says Head Coach John Kosty.
While Stanford has suffered the loss of two seniors, the coaching staff is enthusiastic about its four freshmen recruits. Coach Kosty, says that the freshmen are integrating well. "They've helped team chemistry and have bonded well with everyone. The freshmen have played at a high level and helped make the team better."
Stanford anticipates a successful weekend and is confident that they have a good team.
"We're competing every day and pushing each other to get better," Kosty says. "From top to bottom everybody is pushing everybody else, and that's making the team even better."
With victories this weekend, Stanford strives for recognition going into the spring 2009 season in an effort to be a national contender.