When freshmen James Shaw and Josef Ctvrtlik stepped onto Stanford’s campus for the first time this fall, they immediately felt a great burden of responsibility. The two were new members of the Stanford men’s volleyball team, and they had big roles to play.
Stanford men’s volleyball
The No. 6 Stanford hits the road this Saturday to take on No. 2 Long Beach State in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) quarterfinals this weekend. At this point, a loss will likely mean the end of the season for the Cardinal (15-12, 12-12 MPSF) as only four teams make the NCAA Tournament.
Stanford earned a much-needed 3-0 win on Tuesday against Pacific, snapping a four-game losing streak and entering a three-game road trip on a positive note.
The Stanford men’s volleyball team was back on the road this weekend, taking on No. 14 UC Santa Barbara and No. 6 UCLA, two teams that it had defeated in its first meetings earlier in the season. This time around, though, No. 4 Stanford was swept in both games.
The Cardinal (9-5, 6-5 MPSF) has struggled to find consistency away from home this season—the team’s away record is now 2-4 after splitting two road games last weekend. Stanford was able to hold off Cal State-Northridge to earn a 3-1 victory but fell short against No. 4 Long Beach State in straight sets.