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Weekend preview: Women’s volleyball hosts Stanford Invitational, as women’s soccer and field hockey ready for ranked home matchups

After falling in three sets in an exhibition match against Chinese club team Jiangsu on Wednesday, the No. 8 Cardinal women’s volleyball team will host the Stanford Invitational this weekend, starting with Bay-Area rival Santa Clara tonight at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. It will then square off against Loyola at 10 a.m. Saturday and Pacific at 6 p.m. the same night.

M. Soccer: Missed opportunities, bad bounces define 2011 season

After an action-packed couple of weeks that saw the Stanford men’s soccer team dismantle and blow out a ranked opponent, lose heavily to the conference champions on Senior Day and shut out and dominate its fiercest rivals on the road in the last game of the season — all before its coach of 11 years resigned — the Cardinal now goes into hibernation for the winter. That’s not to say that the players will be slacking off, but after an intense (albeit shortened) season, it’s time to take a little break, eat some turkey and ace those finals.

M. Soccer: Squad looks for key conference wins against Huskies and Beavers

After Stanford’s close win over Oregon State at Cagan Stadium last Sunday, the men’s soccer team is riding on a precarious, but nonetheless important wave of momentum up north for tonight’s match against Washington. In an interesting turn of Pac-12 scheduling, Stanford (4-7-2, 1-3-1 Pac 12) will take on the Huskies and Beavers for the second time in two weeks, this time on rival turf.

M. Soccer: Cardinal heads south to begin Pac-12 play

Fresh off two key wins at home against Vermont and Harvard last weekend, the men’s soccer team enters Pac-12 play with momentum on its side for the first time all fall. Losing four of the first five matches to begin the season brought back memories of last year, when the Cardinal (3-4-1) lost four straight games and struggled to recover, ultimately missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in eight years.