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M. Volleyball: One year older, experienced Card begins season at No. 4

A year ago, despite a youthful roster that featured just one senior in the starting lineup, the Stanford men’s volleyball team finished with a 19-8 record and a top-10 national ranking. Although the season came to a premature end in a disappointing match in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament, one that prevented Stanford from defending its national title, much good could be found in the season’s results for the Cardinal.

M. Volleyball: Cardinal season comes to a disappointing end

With a top-10 national ranking, a 19-8 regular season record that tied for the program’s most wins since 1998 and a sweep of the No. 3 team in the country, the men’s volleyball team could have seen this season as a huge success. But it was hard not to feel a little disappointed when the Cardinal walked off the Maples Pavilion floor after a bitter fifth-set loss to No. 5 Long Beach two weekends ago in the first round of the MPSF Tournament.

M. Volleyball: Windy City schools swept

After dropping the opening frame at Loyola of Chicago, the Stanford men’s volleyball team captured three straight sets for a hard-fought 3-1 victory. With the win, the No. 2 Cardinal (8-2, 5-2 MPSF) finished off its sixth road match in its last seven games, concluding a trip that began on Jan. 21 and saw Stanford play seven matches in three different time zones, including stops in Hawaii, Los Angeles and Chicago. The Cardinal finished the tour with a 5-2 record.