If it was looking to bring more success to the Farm, Stanford athletics made the right decision when it decided to add women’s sand volleyball to its existing 35 varsity sports programs. In its inaugural season, the Card finished 7-1, sweeping all three meetings with Santa Clara, falling only to Saint Mary’s and coming out on top against Sacramento State, San Francisco and Pacific.
Stanford’s women athletes have been successful in their sports for well beyond just their time on the Farm. Over the past two seasons, Stanford women’s basketball has had three players taken in the first round of the WNBA Draft: Kayla Pedersen ‘11 (Tulsa Shock, 2011, seventh overall), Jeanette Pohlen ‘12 (Indiana Fever, 2011, ninth overall) and Nnemkadi (Nneka) Ogwumike ‘12 (Los Angeles Sparks, 2012, first overall).
After a shocking loss to No. 1 USC, the No. 2 Stanford women’s water polo team bounced back with a dominating 16-3 win over Cal State-Bakersfield to open conference play on March 2. Next up Stanford faces San Jose State this Saturday on campus.
The No. 2 Stanford women’s volleyball team’s season ended in the final of the Berkeley Regional of the NCAA Tournament last Saturday, falling to Michigan in the tournament for the third time in four years last Saturday.
Stanford wrestling travels to Reno Tournament of Champions; women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer earn postseason awards; Cardinal appears in men’s and women’s gymnastics polls; men’s volleyball picked fourth in MPSF; seven softball games to be televised
No. 2 Stanford begins its bid for a seventh NCAA title Friday against Jackson State at 8 p.m.