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.
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.
Second-ranked Stanford Women’s Volleyball (20-1, 12-0) picked up two more wins over ranked teams this weekend, going on the road to sweep No. 15 USC and No. 20 UCLA in Los Angeles. The Cardinal have twelve such ranked victories, first in the nation by a wide margin. Junior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer led the team with 28 total kills and also chipped in 20 digs over the weekend to help Stanford secure its 18th straight 20 win season and move closer to a second straight Pac-12 Championship.
The No. 2 ranked Cardinal women’s volleyball team (16-1, 8-0 Pac-12) had to face the No. 21 Washington State Cougars (13-4, 4-3) on Friday and the No. 18 Washington Huskies (13-5, 5-3) on Saturday; managing to obtain solid victories by consecutive scores of 3 sets to 0.
No. 2 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball (14-1) is now 6-0 in Pac-12 play after a weekend road sweep of fellow conference members No. 24 Utah (9-7, 1-4 Pac-12) and Colorado (10-7, 2-4). Stanford is now riding a 12-game winning streak; the team hasn’t lost a match since falling to BYU over a month ago.
No. 13 ranked USC women’s volleyball (10-4, 2-1 Pac-12) didn’t stand a fraction of a chance from the moment they entered Maples Pavilion on Friday night. The absolute juggernaut that is the No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal (12-1, 4-0 Pac-12) cruised to yet another 3-0 sweep of the opposition as they claimed their ninth consecutive victory.