The Cardinal continued their stretch of dominance to open the season, winning all three matches they played in just over a 24-hour stretch in the tourney, and getting off to the team’s best start since the 2010 season when they went 14 matches before losing to UCLA.
No. 2 Stanford knocked off No. 1 Penn State in five sets on Friday in perhaps the best women’s volleyball match in the country since…well, the last time these two teams met in December.
Another season, another weekend of matches dominated by Stanford women’s volleyball. The No. 3 Cardinal opened up their 2014 campaign in America’s heartland this weekend, taking on Iowa State and No. 7 Nebraska in the annual AVCA Showcase, and they swept both matches with ease.
Back in January, shortly after Stanford’s women’s volleyball team was eliminated by Penn State in the NCAA Tournament, then-sophomore Inky Ajanaku told me, “This loss is going to burn in our minds until December.”
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Entering the 2013 season, Stanford women’s volleyball had an opportunity to take advantage of a rarity in college sports—the return of its entire starting lineup from the previous season. The young team, with a core of five sophomores, anchored by senior captain and middle blocker Carly Wopat, had its sights set on an NCAA-record seventh national championship and the school’s first since 2004.
Falling short of the Final Four and its ultimate goal of a national championship, the No. 7 Stanford women’s volleyball team (27-6) was defeated by No. 2 Penn State (32-2) in a five-set thriller in the Lexington, Ky. regional final on Saturday, 25-22, 22-25, 26-28, 25-18, 11-15.
The No. 7 Stanford women’s volleyball team (27-5) advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament on Friday after it fought off No. 10 Minnesota (29-7) in straight sets, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22. In a match in which any of the games could have gone in either direction, late Cardinal runs at the end of the first and third games proved to make a big difference.