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).
In what could have been two trap matches for the No. 6 Stanford’s women’s volleyball team, the Cardinal didn’t blink following its grind-it-out win over UCLA last Friday. It swept both Colorado and Utah to start a stretch of four consecutive road matches, its longest such streak of the conference season.
Having just grinded out a four-set victory over UCLA after a five-set marathon defeat to No. 4 USC, the Stanford’s women’s volleyball team will not get a break this weekend. The Cardinal begins a four-match road trip tonight against the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder, Colo., where the Buffs are undefeated in five conference matches this season — with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents.
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.
With a rematch against No. 4 USC rapidly approaching, Stanford’s women’s volleyball hopes to earn a victory Friday against Oregon State to carry some momentum into next Wednesday’s showdown.
Having swept both of its matches last weekend with both defense and offense in sync, now is as good a time as any for Stanford’s women’s volleyball team to embark on one of its most difficult road trips of the year.
Coming off a Southern California road trip in which it was swept in a match for the first time since 2011 by No. 2 USC, Stanford women’s volleyball is eager to return to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion, where it hasn’t lost since Dec. 3, 2011.
No. 7 Stanford women’s volleyball beat the Bruins handily last night in a three-set sweep (25-17, 25-15, 25-16). No. 16 UCLA was hoping to get a win over the Card after it spoiled the Bruins opening game at the new Pauley Pavilion last season, but Stanford never gave them a chance.