Every March, dozens of college basketball teams wait anxiously for a selection committee to decide their postseason fate. Coaches go on television making their team’s case, resumes are compared in hundreds of different ways and the word “bubble” gets thrown around approximately 12,000 times per second. Months and months of hard work get boiled down to a few numbers and the opinions of a group of old men in a room on one Sunday afternoon, leaving several good teams left outside the Big Dance. And there’s nothing the players can do about it.
A year ago, outside hitter Brad Lawson’s 27 kills weren’t enough to prevent Stanford from being eliminated in five sets at home in the first round of the MPSF tournament.
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.
Cardinal volleyball players will be busy this August, as six will participate in two major tournaments representing the United States.
The Stanford men’s volleyball team saw its drive to repeat as national champions stall out before it even picked up momentum, as the No. 4 Cardinal lost 3-2 in a dramatic five-set match at home against No. 5 Long Beach State in the MPSF quarterfinals Saturday night.
Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it any better. With the two-week finals break looming, the men’s volleyball team picked a great time to sweep its first road weekend series in the MPSF. The No. 2 Cardinal rode what might