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.
In light of the recent child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, there are two reactions that come to my mind: I have no reason to believe that anything like the abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky is currently taking place within Stanford’s athletic program, and I also have no reason to believe the Farm is completely immune from such atrocities.