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Tublin taking strides as Stanford volleyball player

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Dan Tublin, a 2010 Fox Chapel graduate, got his first start for the Stanford men's volleyball team last week and he made the most of the opportunity.

His breakthrough performance included 14 kills, eight digs and two blocks as Stanford went on to record a 3-1 win over George Mason.

So far, Tublin has 16 digs, 27 kills and nine blocks this season for the Cardinal (4-1, 1-1). Stanford is currently ranked second in the country.

“He (Tublin) had a good fall and an even better preseason performance in practice,” Stanford coach John Kosty said. “He earned an opportunity. We've got to have diversity on our team.

“We've got to be able to do a lot of different things. Tublin gives us a different dynamic.”

As a redshirt freshman last year, Tublin played in nine matches and totalled 15 kills. In his collegiate debut against Juniata, he had a five-kill, two-block performance in two sets.

“Since I arrived on campus, my goal has been to do whatever it takes to become a starter,” Tublin said. “I've worked hard and made necessary adjustments to my game.

“There are so many great players on this team that you can't just rely on your basic skills. You have to learn technique and have a greater degree of anticipation.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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