Stanford (1-2, 0-1 Pac-12) could not compete with No. 17 UCF (3-0, 0-0 AAC) and lost 45-27 on the road. Despite the Cardinal receiving the kickoff, the Knights scored twice in the first five minutes of the game, and Stanford never recovered.
Top-ranked women’s volleyball (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12) fell in four sets to No. 8 Minnesota (4-2, 0-0 Big Ten) on Saturday evening. The 27-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-20 loss ended Stanford’s 37-match win streak, which was the longest active win streak in the nation and Stanford’s longest win streak of all time.
Stanford (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) will travel across the country to take on No. 17 UCF (2-0, 0-0 AAC) and complete the home-and-home series that began in 2015. The last, and only, time these two sides met the Cardinal rolled the Knights, who would not win a game that year.
The Cardinal must hit the road again to take on a quality opponent. But with the pressure off and expectations gone, perhaps Stanford can find redemption against the 17th-ranked UCF Knights.
No. 18 Stanford field hockey (4-3, 0-1 American East) could not overcome second-half struggles in its conference opener, falling 3-2 at New Hampshire (2-3, 1-0 America East). The loss snaps Stanford’s win streak at four games, two of which were against top-10 teams, and is the first loss to an unranked opponent this year.
No. 3 Stanford men’s soccer (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12) blew past Denver (0-4-1, 0-0 Summit) with a pair of first-half goals and a shutout. The win was the 100th in the eight-year tenure of Jeremy Gunn at the helm of the Cardinal program.
Like Hercules choking the life out of the Nemean Lion, top-ranked women’s volleyball (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) slowly strangled the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten) in a four-set grudge match Friday night.
No. 2 Stanford women’s soccer (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12) fell to Pepperdine (2-3-1, 0-0 WCC) on the road Friday in the first regular-season loss for the Cardinal since Aug. 25, 2017.