Stanford’s sophomore starting setter Paul Bischoff returned to action this week after missing the team’s first 3 games of the season. Last week, Bischoff was day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
The return was a boon for the Cardinal, who went 0-3 in the first week without Bischoff but went 1-1 this past week with him back in control of the offense in two tough road matches at Ohio State and at Ball State. The latter was Stanford’s first win of the season and a sweep.
The numbers speak the story too, as in those three prior to Bischoff’s return, Stanford hit .218. In his two matches back as the starting setter, the Cardinal hit .271 as he logged 9.86 assists per set, 2.14 digs per set, 0.86 kills per set, 0.43 blocks per set and 0.14 aces per set.
A native of Wheaton, Illinois, the 6’5″ Bischoff played in 23 matches and 80 sets last season. In 2017, he amassed 681 assists (8.51 per set), 108 digs (1.35 per set), 46 blocks (0.58 per set) and 35 kills (0.44 per set).
Behind Bischoff’s return, Stanford moved up from 18 to 16 in the VolleyMob Top 20 Power Rankings and will host #8 CSUN and #1 Long Beach State this upcoming week.