Defending its home turf will continue to be crucial for Stanford if the team hopes to keep pace with top-ranked and first-place UCLA in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) conference race. The Cardinal currently stands one game behind the Bruins and one slip-up could prove to be the difference at the end, especially in a conference as tough as the MPSF.
The No. 7 Cardinal (7-2, 4-1 MPSF) rode a wave of brilliant performances from several different players over the weekend to knock off top-ranked BYU (6-3, 4-2) in consecutive nights, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 35-33, 25-23, 25-22, resulting in Stanford’s first-ever road sweep of BYU.
Just a night after one of the team’s worst offensive outputs in some time, the Stanford men’s volleyball team put on a clinic and rebounded from a tough loss to UCLA with a road win over UC-Santa Barbara in four sets on Saturday, an important early season split in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play
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.
Cardinal volleyball players will be busy this August, as six will participate in two major tournaments representing the United States.
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.
After a weekend sweep through the Chicago area, the Stanford men’s volleyball team is back on the Farm in a return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play tonight against No. 12 UC San Diego.
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.