Coming off of a closely contested double-header versus No. 10 Brigham Young (8-5, 4-3 MPSF), No. 8 Stanford men’s volleyball (12-6, 4-3 MPSF) now looks to the most formidable opponent of them all, nearly perfect No. 1 Long Beach State (15-0, 2-0 Big West). Although unlikely, even winning a single set against the reigning national champions on Friday will be admirable for the Cardinal.
The Stanford women’s tennis team opens their 2019 dual season Saturday, taking on the Saint Mary’s Gaels at 2 p.m. at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
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.
It’s finally college basketball season, something that might not excite many here in the Bay Area but which certainly sends people in my home state of North Carolina into a frenzy. Raleigh, where I’m from, is ACC country: Duke, UNC, and NC State are all within forty minutes of each other, with Wake Forest less than two hours away. Growing up, my family never quite understood the bitter rivalry between the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels (Wolfpack athletics were mostly irrelevant).
Last month on Thursday, December 14th, the No. 3 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team’s (30-4, 19-1 Pac-12) season came to a shocking end, as they failed to finish their comeback and fell in five total sets to the No. 2 ranked Florida Gators (30-2). This loss, only the Cardinal’s fourth of the season, left the team out of the final game, and stopped their attempted repeat at a national championship.
In a nail-biting 8-7 finish, the No. 2 Cardinal (23-3) upset No. 1 UCLA (24-2) to win it all in the NCAA women’s water polo championships this Sunday. Stanford secured the victory in the last 30 seconds of the game off an interception and the following shot as time ran out. “I’m so proud,” said…
No. 6 seed Stanford women’s volleyball made short work of the Longhorns Saturday night as it bested fourth-seeded Texas in four sets to reign victorious in the NCAA Championship.
The Cardinal women’s volleyball team will become the youngest ever to play for the national title after handling No. 2-seeded Minnesota 26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22 in the NCAA semifinals on Thursday.