Because UC Irvine can’t stop winning, the volleyball Warriors probably need to win out to earn the regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the MPSF playoffs. The Warriors have four regular-season matches remaining, starting tonight against Stanford in the Stan Sheriff Center.
UH (16-2) and UCI (17-3) are in a virtual tie for first place, although the Anteaters hold the tie-breaker.
A side story to the UH-Stanford match is Spencer McLachlin, the Warriors’ assistant coach in charge of scouting and a former Cardinal player.
Stanford coach John Kosty on McLachlin: “Thank goodness he’s not playing. That would have been a whole different ball game if he were actually playing. I think it’s awesome Spencer has an opportunity to coach in the MPSF. He was a great player for us. He definitely was one of our X factors in our national championship in 2010. He was one of our unsung heroes. He was just a pillar when he was here. We wish him all the best this season, just not this weekend.”