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.
The Stanford sand volleyball team won its inaugural contest in style, defeating Santa Clara 4-1 at the ACSR Sand Volleyball Courts on Tuesday. A crowd of over 200 fans showed up to support the Cardinal and catch a little slice of history.
No. 2 Stanford begins its bid for a seventh NCAA title Friday against Jackson State at 8 p.m.
On the same night the No. 1 women’s soccer team beat UCLA to advance to the College Cup, the top-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball put its own stamp on the evening with a 3-0 sweep of rival California in the final regular season match of the season, officially taking the Pac-12 crown with a 19-1 conference record.
The Cardinal shut out both the Ducks and Beavers this past weekend, increasing its winning streak to 20 games. It’s the longest winning streak for Stanford since the 1999 season, and also head coach John Dunning’s longest winning streak since he took over on the Farm. Stanford now faces the Washington schools this week.
The Card extended its win streak to an unprecedented 20 consecutive games and asserted its position as the leader in women’s volleyball on. This is the largest winning streak the team has experienced since the 1999 season and the longest streak since head coach John Dunning took over the program’s reins in 2001.