Much to the relief of the raucous home crowd, the No. 5 Cardinal (18-6, 15-5 MPSF) prevailed against the ever-resilient No. 12 Cal State-Northridge Matadors (11-16, 7-13) in five epic sets, 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 19-17.
Twenty-nine varsity student-athletes are currently taking advantage of Stanford’s unique coterminal program that allows students to simultaneously pursue a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, according to Jim Young, senior assistant athletic director in communications and media relations
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.
Playing as the No. 1 ranked team in the country for the first time since its national championship season in 2010, the Stanford men’s volleyball team split its matches over the weekend, defeating No. 10 Pepperdine 25-21, 24-26, 25-19, 25-18 before being outlasted by No. 6 USC 21-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-16, 15-13.
As the saying goes, it’s not about the destination but the journey along the way. For the Stanford men’s volleyball team, that destination is hopefully a national championship. Yet even if the cards don’t fall that way, the journey has been a pretty fun one thus far. The No. 4 Cardinal (11-2, 8-1 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.
An exciting weekend for the Stanford men’s volleyball team featuring the collegiate debuts of several team members, new career-highs and a record-setting performance all distracts the observer from the most important statistic regarding the team’s matches: 2-0
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.