The No. 6 Stanford hits the road this Saturday to take on No. 2 Long Beach State in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) quarterfinals this weekend. At this point, a loss will likely mean the end of the season for the Cardinal (15-12, 12-12 MPSF) as only four teams make the NCAA Tournament.
Stanford is returning to Maples Pavilion this weekend after four games on the road, a stretch during which Stanford went 2-2, had great success and lost in a heartbreaking ending. No. 5 Stanford (10-6, 7-6 MPSF) is set to face No. 4 Pepperdine (8-5, 8-5) on Saturday and No. 9 USC (3-8, 3-8) on Sunday. The Cardinal hopes to avenge its two early road losses against both teams.
A year ago, despite a youthful roster that featured just one senior in the starting lineup, the Stanford men’s volleyball team finished with a 19-8 record and a top-10 national ranking. Although the season came to a premature end in a disappointing match in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament, one that prevented Stanford from defending its national title, much good could be found in the season’s results for the Cardinal.
A night after the Stanford men’s volleyball team showed off its muscle in a four-set brawl of a victory over No. 8 UCLA, the Cardinal was just two points from what wouldn’t have been a shocking, but certainly a surprising and painful home sweep at the hands of UC-Santa Barbara.
Stanford laid a collective egg in its highly anticipated Mountain Pacific Sports Federation showdown at No. 1 USC, getting blown out in the first two sets before coming up a bit short in the third and final game, ultimately falling in a 3-0 sweep.