Coming off a Southern California road trip in which it was swept in a match for the first time since 2011 by No. 2 USC, Stanford women’s volleyball is eager to return to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion, where it hasn’t lost since Dec. 3, 2011.
No. 7 Stanford women’s volleyball beat the Bruins handily last night in a three-set sweep (25-17, 25-15, 25-16). No. 16 UCLA was hoping to get a win over the Card after it spoiled the Bruins opening game at the new Pauley Pavilion last season, but Stanford never gave them a chance.
After shutting out then-No. 16 Arizona State at Maples Pavilion on Friday night, the Stanford women’s volleyball team heads into perhaps its most difficult road trip of the season on a high note riding a seven-game winning streak.
After losing the first set to Cal last Wednesday, the No. 7 Stanford women’s volleyball team (9-2, 2-0 Pac-12) regrouped and has not lost a set since, beating Cal 3-1 and then sweeping No. 16 Arizona State 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-22) Friday night at Maples.
The No. 7 Stanford women’s volleyball team (8-2) barely knocked off rival Berkeley (7-3) at Haas Pavilion Wednesday night in a four set match, (20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 28-26). Although Cal is projected to finish in the bottom half of the Pac-12, without the dynamic play and hops of sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku, the Golden Bears were able to capitalize and force missed blocks at the net.
The Stanford women’s volleyball team (7-2) enters Pac-12 play today with some definitive wins under its belt, during which it has capitalized on leads and never let up. However, the journey has not been completely smooth, as the Cardinal has also been dealt its share of tough road losses.