Despite a 9-2 conference road record that includes wins over No. 4 BYU and No. 2 UC-Irvine, the Cardinal (16-6, 13-5) finds itself in fifth place in the conference standings as a result of its home struggles. The team is just 4-3 at home in league play. To complete the task at hand, the team will have to defeat the Long Beach State 49ers, a team Stanford has struggled with in recent memory. Despite outlasting the 49ers in five sets the last time these two squads met, Stanford had lost the previous three meetings with LBSU.
The Cardinal certainly came out of the break fighting, pulling out a tough road split against No. 7 Pepperdine (13-11, 8-10 MPSF) and No. 2 USC (18-4, 14-4). Stanford (15-6, 12-5) tamed the Waves in five sets, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12, before falling to the Trojans in four, 25-22, 25-20, 15-25, 25-20.
The No. 3 Stanford men’s volleyball team was once again confronted with this uncomfortable feeling following a split at home this weekend against UC-San Diego and No. 2 UC-Irvine
Playing as the No. 1 ranked team in the country for the first time since its national championship season in 2010, the Stanford men’s volleyball team split its matches over the weekend, defeating No. 10 Pepperdine 25-21, 24-26, 25-19, 25-18 before being outlasted by No. 6 USC 21-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-16, 15-13.
In the world of Division I men’s volleyball, there’s a new sheriff in town: the Stanford Cardinal
The No. 7 Cardinal (7-2, 4-1 MPSF) rode a wave of brilliant performances from several different players over the weekend to knock off top-ranked BYU (6-3, 4-2) in consecutive nights, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 35-33, 25-23, 25-22, resulting in Stanford’s first-ever road sweep of BYU.