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How Sweep it is

Mar 19, 2021

STANFORD, Calif. – Freshmen Kupono Browne and Luke Turner combined for 26 kills, leading Stanford to a sweep over No. 7 Grand Canyon (25-23, 25-22, 25-22), Friday, at Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal (1-7) earned its first win of the year, out hitting the Lopes (3-5) .289 to .224. Stanford held a 10.0 to 9.5 edge in blocks and totaled 25 digs and three aces.

Browne led all players with 14 kills on .233 hitting to go with five digs and an ace. Turner added 12 kills on .267 hitting, four digs and a career-high five blocks.

Sophomore setter Nathan Lietzke dished out 35 assists and added three kills, four digs, two aces and a career-high five blocks. Redshirt sophomore libero Justin Lui tallied four digs.

Sophomore middle Nathaniel Gates hit a career-best .583 (7-0-12) – the highest hitting percentage by a Cardinal this season (minimum 10 attempts). Sophomore middle Adam Chang added three kills and four digs, while freshman outside hitter Aidan Peters finished with three kills, five digs and a block.

Grand Canyon was led by Camden Gianni's 12 kills, while libero Cole Udall had a match-high eight digs. Ian McLain added four kills and six blocks for the Lopes.

Stanford and Grand Canyon square off again on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.