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.
Stanford women’s volleyball
With pride and possibly the Pac-12 Championship hanging in the balance, Stanford women’s volleyball will host Washington tonight and, in doing so, hopes to avoid dropping both regular-season games to the Huskies for the first time since 2005.
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.
After shutting out then-No. 16 Arizona State at Maples Pavilion on Friday night, the Stanford women’s volleyball team heads into perhaps its most difficult road trip of the season on a high note riding a seven-game winning streak.
Stanford men’s volleyball pulled out two dramatic five-set victories against No. 5 Pepperdine and No. 13 USC this weekend to avenge early season losses and establish itself as one of the toughest teams in the MPSF.
W. Volleyball: Stanford wins three straight to close out regular season, earns No. 2 seed for NCAA tournament
After seeing its 22-game win streak come to an end, the No. 2 Stanford women’s volleyball team had to begin anew, starting with its matchup with UCLA on November 16. Three games and three victories later, the Cardinal had officially regained its mojo, ready to take on any opponent in the NCAA Tournament.
On the same night the No. 1 women’s soccer team beat UCLA to advance to the College Cup, the top-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball put its own stamp on the evening with a 3-0 sweep of rival California in the final regular season match of the season, officially taking the Pac-12 crown with a 19-1 conference record.