No. 2 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball (14-1) is now 6-0 in Pac-12 play after a weekend road sweep of fellow conference members No. 24 Utah (9-7, 1-4 Pac-12) and Colorado (10-7, 2-4). Stanford is now riding a 12-game winning streak; the team hasn’t lost a match since falling to BYU over a month ago.
The No. 2 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team (12-1, 4-0 Pac-12) embarks on a weekend road trip into the mountains to take on Pac-12 rivals No. 24 Utah (9-6, 1-3) and Colorado (9-6, 1-3). The Cardinal will take on the Utes on Friday before moving on to the Buffaloes on Sunday.
No. 13 ranked USC women’s volleyball (10-4, 2-1 Pac-12) didn’t stand a fraction of a chance from the moment they entered Maples Pavilion on Friday night. The absolute juggernaut that is the No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal (12-1, 4-0 Pac-12) cruised to yet another 3-0 sweep of the opposition as they claimed their ninth consecutive victory.
On the calendar, Wednesday’s routine regular season matchup between the No. 2 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team (11-1, 3-0 Pac-12) and No. 18 ranked UCLA (6-4, 1-2 Pac-12) looked like just another notch in the team’s normal schedule. Yet what transpired in Maples Pavilion during the Cardinal’s 3-0 sweep of the Bruins was anything but normal. It could have been an overwhelming sense of school spirit, it could have been a desire for the free t-shirt they were distributing at the doors, but whatever it was, Stanford students showed up in droves to support their fellow classmates.
The No. 2 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team (10-1, 2-0 Pac-12), continues their three game homestand on Wednesday night, as they play host to UCLA (6-3, 1-1) in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal are undefeated in the Pac-12, and are riding an 8 game win streak that has lasted since they fell to BYU nearly a month ago.
The end of a sports season can be a sad and upsetting time. There are no games to watch, wins to celebrate or losses to mourn. It is an unsettlingly empty feeling. As a Stanford sports fan, what are we to do when no sports seasons are in progress? Are we supposed to reflect on the four national championships we won last year? Reflection only takes us so far before we crave the beginning of a new season. Are we supposed to watch professional sports? In the mid-summer months, we have nothing to watch but meaningless midseason baseball games and the NBA Summer League, the latter of which is an especially miserable way to spend a summer day.
The No. 2 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team (10-1, 2-0 Pac-12) engaged the unranked Arizona Wildcats (12-2, 1-1 Pac-12) in a slugfest match on Sunday in Maples Pavilion, eventually emerging with a 3-1 victory. Arizona, coming into this match with only one loss, played hard and physical, and a combination of sloppy mistakes for the Cardinal and persistence from the Wildcats kept Stanford on the back foot for a majority of the game.
Last month on Thursday, December 14th, the No. 3 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team’s (30-4, 19-1 Pac-12) season came to a shocking end, as they failed to finish their comeback and fell in five total sets to the No. 2 ranked Florida Gators (30-2). This loss, only the Cardinal’s fourth of the season, left the team out of the final game, and stopped their attempted repeat at a national championship.