Coach Mike Rumbaugh did not call it the biggest home win in program history but he said beating No. 7/5 Stanford was up there.
Saint Francis rallied from a two-game deficit to beat Stanford 15-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-11 on Wednesday in Loretto, Pennsylvania, for its first home win in program history against top-10 nationally ranked team.
Outside attacker Michael Fisher in the season opener led all players with 29 kills on .537 attack percentage. Fisher also was one of two Red Flash players to finish with double-digit kills against the Cardinal.
Setter Roman Szwabinsky coming off the bench guided Saint Francis to a .422 attack percentage in the final three games, including hitting .400 in the decisive fifth game. The Red Flash also had a match-best .519 attack percentage in the third game to help jumpstart the comeback.
Stanford held Saint Francis to less than a .200 attack percentage in the first two games and ended the match out-hitting the Red Flash .298 to .297.
Preseason All-American opposite Jaylen Japser in the loss had a team-high 24 kills, while outside attacker Eric Beatty added 15 kills.
Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview with Rumbaugh following the non-conference victory.