In what coach Mike Rumbaugh called possibly the greatest day in program history, St. Francis defeated both No. 8 Stanford and UC Santa Barbara at the Asics Invitational on Friday.
The four-game victory against Stanford was the highest ranked team St. Francis (2-1, 0-0 EIVA) has beaten during the rally scoring era. It also was the fourth time the program’s history that the Red Flash defeated NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team from the West Coast.
Outside attacker Stephen Braswell in the morning victory against Stanford had a match-high two aces and added nine kills. The All-EIVA senior also had 14 kills on a team-best .481 attack percentage in the four-game victory against UC Santa Barbara later that evening.
Braswell was one of three Red Flashes to have at least nine kills in both victories.
Outside attacker Brandon Buck had a combined 25 kills in the matches. In addition, outside attacker Cole Thompson led the team with a combined 32 kills, including a match-high 17 kills against Stanford.
Check out Off the Block’s interview with Rumbaugh and Braswell following the team’s two non-conference victories.