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.
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).
After dropping an emotional five-set match to No. 4 USC on Wednesday, the Stanford women’s volleyball team will aim to start a new home winning streak tonight at Maples Pavilion, where it had previously won 24 straight matches.
Going into its Oct. 4 matchup against USC in Los Angeles, the Stanford women’s volleyball team had not been swept in 55 consecutive matches — a streak dating back to Oct. 29, 2011. But in a matter of 92 minutes, the Trojans ended the run by defeating the Cardinal in three sets.
No. 6 Stanford women’s volleyball won its 23rd consecutive home match last night as it beat No. 20 Oregon in a three-set shutout, 25-22, 25-13, 25-22.
In the first set both teams went on their own runs to share the lead multiple times. Stanford finished with all of the momentum, however, and, in the end, finished with the run that would take the set 25-22.