Last weekend, No. 13 Stanford beach volleyball (2-5, 2-0 Pac-12) earned its first victories of the season at the Pac-12 South Invitational hosted by Arizona. The Cardinal split Saturday, defeating Oregon (0-3, 0-2 Pac-12) and then dropping the duel to No. 2 USC (4-1, 1-0 Pac-12). The Cardinal returned to form on Sunday to defeat No. 14 Arizona (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12), picking up their first ranked win.
For the third straight year, the women’s swimming and diving team has captured the Pac-12 conference title, marking the first three-peat since Arizona from 2006-08. The 1,775 point victory was the third highest score in the history of the meet, and it fell just 1.5 points short of last year’s performance.
After a draining 2-3 loss to No. 9 BYU on Thursday, No. 8 men’s volleyball (12-6, 4-3 MPSF) ended their three year losing streak against the Cougars (8-5, 4-3) with an emphatic 3-1 win. Stanford is now tied with BYU for third place in the MPSF conference standings.
The top-ranked women’s swimming and diving team entered Friday with a 130 point lead in the Pac-12 Championships, and they closed Friday with a 190 point lead. In the heart of the meet, swimmers and divers competed across six individual events and one relay.
Two days into the Pac-12 tournament, the women’s swimming and diving team sits comfortably in first place. The meet began predictably on Wednesday night, with the Cardinal relays finishing second to Cal. Thursday night featured the team’s first win by senior Ella Eastin in the 500-yard free. Eastin was also named the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year on Thursday morning.
No. 9 men’s volleyball (11-6, 3-3 MPSF) was unable to convert three match points against No. 9 BYU (8-4, 4-2 MPSF) in a soul-crushing five set loss. True to the rankings, the match was about as even as possible, with the sets falling 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-17.
This weekend, No. 12 beach volleyball (0-4, 0-0 Pac-12) will travel to Bear Down Beach at the University of Arizona to square up against No. 2 USC (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12), Oregon (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) and the host No. 14 Wildcats (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) in the Pac-12 South Invitational. Saturday and Sunday will give the Cardinal their first look at the rest of the conference — aside from No. 1 UCLA (6-0, 0-0).
Today begins the No. 1 women’s swimming and diving (7-0, 7-0 PAC-12) quest for the PAC-12 conference title. The conference championships will run through Saturday night when the team who has accumulated the most points will be crowned PAC-12 champion, a title previously bestowed upon the Cardinal a record 21 times.