For the second time in three years, the Stanford women’s volleyball team has won the national championship. On December 15th, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the No. 1 seeded Stanford Cardinal (34-1, 20-0 Pac-12) defeated the No. 6 Nebraska Cornhuskers (29-7) in five hard-fought sets to claim the program’s eighth total national title.
Stanford women’s volleyball has had an absolutely incredible season in 2018. They went undefeated in the Pac-12, swept their way through their regional bracket, and claimed the number one seed in the NCAA tournament. But there was a constant blemish on their otherwise perfect season—their one loss on the year, a five set defeat to Brigham Young University. The Cardinal ended the regular season 28-1, nearly undefeated.
In a spectacular weekend which saw more than 5500 people gather at Maples Pavilion for the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regional Finals, the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (32-1, 20-0 Pac-12) bested their bracket, defeating both No. 19 Washington State (23-10; 12-8 Pac-12) and No. 8 Penn State (26-8, 14-6 Big Ten) by 3-1 scores, gaining a place in the Final Four to be played December 13th and 15th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
After cinching the Pac-12 Conference Championship on Friday for the 18th time, the No. 2 Stanford women’s volleyball team hopes to continue their dominance in the conference in the two away games this weekend. The Cardinal will first play on Friday at No. 18 Washington State, before continuing on to No. 20 Washington on Sunday.
The No. 2 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team (22-1, 14-0 Pac-12) has won 20 straight games. The team played two matches at home this past weekend to reach that point, taking down Colorado (14-11, 6-8) on Friday and Utah (13-12, 5-9) on Sunday to notch wins number 19 and 20 in the streak.
The nation’s most formidable home volleyball team returns to the Farm tonight. Riding a 27-match home winning streak, No. 2 Stanford women’s volleyball (20-1, 12-0 Pac-12) takes on Colorado (14-10, 6-7) tonight and Utah (13-10, 5-7) on Sunday.
Second-ranked Stanford Women’s Volleyball (20-1, 12-0) picked up two more wins over ranked teams this weekend, going on the road to sweep No. 15 USC and No. 20 UCLA in Los Angeles. The Cardinal have twelve such ranked victories, first in the nation by a wide margin. Junior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer led the team with 28 total kills and also chipped in 20 digs over the weekend to help Stanford secure its 18th straight 20 win season and move closer to a second straight Pac-12 Championship.
On August 31st, Stanford women’s volleyball travelled to Utah and played against Brigham Young University in a match that went five sets, and eventually ended with Stanford falling just short in the fifth.
Fast forward two months, and now the No. 2 ranked Cardinal (18-1, 10-0 Pac-12) haven’t lost a single game since that day in August. 16 straight wins and a perfect conference record later, they sit at the top of the Pac-12, and the country, with a seemingly unbeatable roster. But they still aren’t number one. That spot belongs to the BYU Cougars, who are the only remaining undefeated team in the nation. Stanford now has their eyes set on just one goal: getting revenge on BYU in Minneapolis this December at the NCAA Final Four, and claiming their second national championship in three years.