No. 2 women’s volleyball (6-1, 0-0 Pac-12) regained the throne after upending No. 1 Nebraska (7-1, 0-0 Big Ten) in four sets on Wednesday night. In front of a record crowd of 8,632 at the Devaney Center, Stanford hit at a .296 clip, which is the highest hitting percentage allowed by Nebraska since November of 2017.
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.
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.
Top-ranked women’s volleyball (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) will face No. 3 Texas (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) on Sunday for the team’s 2019 home-opener. The marquee game will be the first matchup of the year between two top-five teams.
The Cardinal will travel to Gainesville, FL, to do battle with No. 7 Florida.
Following Friday night’s sweep against unranked College of Charleston (0-1, 0-0 CAA), No. 1 Stanford (2-0, 0-0 Pac -12) returned to the court on Saturday for its final game in the College of Charleston Classic,defeating Duke (0-2, 0-0 ACC) in, yet again, sweeping fashion.
The rout was led, as expected, by senior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer. The reigning AVCA Player of the Year put away 16 kills on 29 attempts with just four errors for a hitting percentage of .414. She additionally tallied seven digs and a block on the defensive side of the net.
Stanford women’s volleyball has nowhere to go but down. The preseason favorites are coming off their eighth National Championship, the most in NCAA history. Everyone expects them to make it nine this season, and it’s easy to see why.