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M. Volleyball: No. 3 Cardinal defeats BYU, ready for MPSF tourney final against UC Irvine

Even with the stakes raised in the semifinal round of the MPSF Tournament, last night proved to be no different for the No. 3 Cardinal (22-6, 18-5 MPSF) as it once again defeated No. 4 BYU (24-7, 17-6 MPSF) by the score of 3-1, including a 35-33 marathon fourth set to close out the victory. Stanford has lived up to its status as the tournament’s second seed, blowing past two top-10 teams in one week to earn a spot in the finals against No. 2 UC-Irvine, the fourth seed in the tournament. The team’s latest dominant performance against a tough Cougars team suggests that the Cardinal is playing its best volleyball at the right time.

M. Volleyball: Men’s team hopes to move up in conference standings

Despite a 9-2 conference road record that includes wins over No. 4 BYU and No. 2 UC-Irvine, the Cardinal (16-6, 13-5) finds itself in fifth place in the conference standings as a result of its home struggles. The team is just 4-3 at home in league play. To complete the task at hand, the team will have to defeat the Long Beach State 49ers, a team Stanford has struggled with in recent memory. Despite outlasting the 49ers in five sets the last time these two squads met, Stanford had lost the previous three meetings with LBSU.