There are many great people involved with Stanford Athletics, and The Daily Sports Staff interacts with a large percentage of them. In honor of the top-10 issue, the following is a list of The Daily Sports Staff’s top 10 favorite people to interview.
Entering the 2013 season, Stanford women’s volleyball had an opportunity to take advantage of a rarity in college sports—the return of its entire starting lineup from the previous season. The young team, with a core of five sophomores, anchored by senior captain and middle blocker Carly Wopat, had its sights set on an NCAA-record seventh national championship and the school’s first since 2004.
Falling short of the Final Four and its ultimate goal of a national championship, the No. 7 Stanford women’s volleyball team (27-6) was defeated by No. 2 Penn State (32-2) in a five-set thriller in the Lexington, Ky. regional final on Saturday, 25-22, 22-25, 26-28, 25-18, 11-15.
The No. 7 Stanford women’s volleyball team (27-5) advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament on Friday after it fought off No. 10 Minnesota (29-7) in straight sets, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22. In a match in which any of the games could have gone in either direction, late Cardinal runs at the end of the first and third games proved to make a big difference.
Perhaps nothing said more about the contrasting attitudes of the Stanford women’s volleyball team and its opponent, the Oklahoma Sooners, than the demeanors of their respective head coaches. While Sooners head coach Santiago Restrepo stood the entire match and was constantly in the ears of his players, 29th-year head coach John Dunning of Stanford was as calm and composed as usual. Dunning’s confidence in his team was evident, and rightfully so, as the Cardinal continued what it hopes will be a championship run in the NCAA tournament.
On the heels of its biggest win of the year over No. 3 Washington (24-2, 16-2 Pac-12), Stanford’s women’s volleyball team avoided a letdown against… Continue Reading »
The No. 5 Cardinal (21-5, 14-3 Pac-12) played arguably its most dominant match of the season in handling the Huskies (23-2, 15-2).