Middle attacker Conrad Kaminski as one of the few Midwest players on Stanford’s roster made the most of his team’s NCAA Tournament opener in Chicago.
Kaminski had a match-high six blocks as the No. 3 seed Stanford swept the No. 6 seed Erskine 25-14, 25-16, 25-16 on Tuesday in the NCAA Tournament play-in round on Tuesday at Gentile Arena.
Stanford out-hit Erskine .423 to .043, including holding the Fleet to a match-worst negative-.069 attack percentage in the second game. The second-year program Erskine in its first NCAA Tournament appearance trailed for the majority of the match expect for early in the second and third games.
The Cardinal out-blocked Erskine 13 to 2. In addition, Kaminski was one of the four Cardinal players to have at least three blocks against the Fleet.
Along with his defensive performance, Kaminski added four kills on a .667 attack percentage.
All-American outside attacker Brian Cook in the victory finished with a match-high 11 kills, while All-American outside attacker added nine kills.
Outside attacker Roberto Perez Vargas, an Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team selection, led Erskine with nine kills.
With this victory, Stanford advances to play the No. 2 seed BYU in the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Thursday. This will be also be a rematch of the MPSF Tournament championship match from the weekend, which the Cougars won at home in three games.
Erskine reached the NCAA Tournament after winning Conference Carolinas championship in the conference’s first season it was eligible for a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Fleet in the regular season became the first Conference Carolinas to be a MPSF team when it upset Cal Baptist in five games.