Stanford MEN split @ BYU 1-1

Stanford MEN split @ BYU 1-1

Post by www.Volleyball.O » Mon, 14 Jan 2002 17:29:45


As posted to the Northern California E-mail List -
http://www.volleyball.org/usa/email.html

Jan. 12, 2002
BYU def. Stanford  27-30, 30-26, 29-31, 30-28, 15-13

Jan. 11, 2002
Stanford def. BYU  30-27, 31-29, 26-30, 30-19

 
 
 

Stanford MEN split @ BYU 1-1

Post by ha » Thu, 17 Jan 2002 06:15:35

Quote:

> As posted to the Northern California E-mail List -
> http://www.volleyball.org/usa/email.html

> Jan. 12, 2002
> BYU def. Stanford  27-30, 30-26, 29-31, 30-28, 15-13

> Jan. 11, 2002
> Stanford def. BYU  30-27, 31-29, 26-30, 30-19

What a nailbiter season opener!  If you could overlook the unforced
errors - and there were many of them on both sides-, this was some of
the best volleyball you'll ever see.  Mike Wall and Joaquin Acosta put
in a strong performance, wonder-boy Jaime Mayol lead the team at times
in kills.  Diminutive 5'10 setter Jeremiah Larsen held his own.  Curt
Toppel led his team in kills and came up strong in all areas, passing,
blocking, supported by Marcus Skacel (can he dig and pass!), Billy
Strickland (boy has he grown a killer arm!) and Jump-to-the-Moon
Windmill-swing Paul Bocage. Redshirt Freshman setter Kevin Hansen was
able to pull the team together and seemed to enjoy his 50 yard dashes
across the court (you want to yell: "somebody help him!")  Friday's
match was as much won by Stanford as it was lost by BYU - too many
unforced errors.  Friday's sellout crowd of 5,330 yelling, chanting,
singing (and at times booing)fans at the Smith Field House kept the
pace going, but grew just a bit quieter as Stanford began to take the
lead in game 4 and won the match unexpectedly.

A crowd of "only" about 3,000+ fans showed up for Saturday's match.
At the start it looked like a repeat of Saturday with Stanford taking
a clear lead in game 1.  The Cougars seemed to get their second wind
in game 2 and pulled ahead early on to win that one.  Game 3 and 4
were fights for every point and right to the wire with breathtaking
rallies, lightening fast almost instinctive passes and hits, but far
too many hitting and especially serving errors on both sides.  For a
while, points were consecutively scored on errors from the other side.
 If this had been side-out scoring, we would have seen one-hour games
and a 3 1/2 hour match.  Towards the end, it was all Toppel, he
collected 32 kills, Skacel scored 15 and Strickland 12.  But the
Cougars prevailed on the home court, pulled ahead by two points in
game 5 and won 15-13.  It could have gone either way. The weekend and
the Cougar honor was restored.  Lesson learned: don't overlook
Stanford and Don Shaw.