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Women’s volleyball draws a massive crowd, delivers a massive beatdown

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.

Stanford athletes to watch in 2018-2019

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.

Women’s volleyball tames Wildcats

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.