The Cardinal had an amazing year in the 2018-19 calendar. Trying to describe all the incredible moments would take too long to do, so The Daily Sports Staff give their favorite moments of the past year.
To ‘little’ surprise, senior Mackenzie Little claimed her second consecutive javelin title in the third day of the outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships. A few hours later, fifth-year senior Steven Fahy concluded his college career with a national title of his own, winning the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in dramatic fashion after falling over the final barrier.
Senior Grant Fisher claimed the men’s 5,000 meters on Friday night, highlighting one of the most impressive performances at the fourth annual Cardinal Classic.
For the second time in three years, the Stanford women’s volleyball team has won the national championship. On December 15th, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the No. 1 seeded Stanford Cardinal (34-1, 20-0 Pac-12) defeated the No. 6 Nebraska Cornhuskers (29-7) in five hard-fought sets to claim the program’s eighth total national title.
Stanford women’s volleyball has had an absolutely incredible season in 2018. They went undefeated in the Pac-12, swept their way through their regional bracket, and claimed the number one seed in the NCAA tournament. But there was a constant blemish on their otherwise perfect season—their one loss on the year, a five set defeat to Brigham Young University. The Cardinal ended the regular season 28-1, nearly undefeated.
In a spectacular weekend which saw more than 5500 people gather at Maples Pavilion for the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regional Finals, the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (32-1, 20-0 Pac-12) bested their bracket, defeating both No. 19 Washington State (23-10; 12-8 Pac-12) and No. 8 Penn State (26-8, 14-6 Big Ten) by 3-1 scores, gaining a place in the Final Four to be played December 13th and 15th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Stanford women’s volleyball (30-1, 20-0 Pac-12) continued their unstoppable march to Minneapolis and the NCAA Final Four this weekend, smashing their first and second round opponents without dropping a single set. The No. 1 seeded Cardinal rolled past the lowest seeded team in the tournament, the Alabama State Hornets (23-18), on Friday night, before taking down the Loyola Marymount Lions (21-10) on Saturday.
The No. 1 Stanford women’s volleyball team (28-1, Pac-12 20-0) defeated the California Golden Bears (15-16, 7-13) with a sharp and clear 3-0 score in the final game of the regular season, a magical senior night, closing their season with a perfect 20 wins in the Pac-12 conference.