In what may be the match of the season, No. 2 women’s volleyball (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12) will travel to Lincoln to face No. 1 Nebraska (7-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on Wednesday night. The last time these two teams faced, the Cardinal prevailed in five sets and took home the 2018 NCAA Championship.
Stanford women’s volleyball has nowhere to go but down. The preseason favorites are coming off their eighth National Championship, the most in NCAA history. Everyone expects them to make it nine this season, and it’s easy to see why.
Through her first three years on the Farm, Jenna Gray has emerged as one of college’s top multi-sport athletes. As the starting setter of the women’s volleyball team, Gray helped lead the Cardinal to two conference championships (2017, 2018) and two NCAA titles (2016, 2018). She has also placed second in javelin at the 2017 NCAA championships.
Having conquered Division I collegiate women’s water polo, the premier domestic league in the world, the Stanford team will be expanding its horizon by heading to China for a two-week trip at the end of June.
The Stanford water polo programs continue to make waves even after the conclusions of their seasons. Junior Makenzie Fischer and redshirt sophomore Ben Hallock were each awarded the Peter J. Cutino Award. Considered the Heisman Trophy of the collegiate water polo world, the award is handed out to the best male player and best female player of each year.
Repeating their success of 2018, Stanford women’s tennis traveled to Orlando for the final rounds of the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament and claimed their 20th NCAA championship title with a 4-0 shutout victory over No. 1 Georgia (28-1, 13-0 SEC) on Sunday.
For the sixth time in nine years, Stanford women’s water polo is the best program in the country. The second-seeded Cardinal topped No. 1 USC 9-8 in one of the most evenly matched games of the year.
After phenomenal showings at the Pac-12 conference championship and the NCAA championship, freshman Taylor Ruck was named the Pac-12 Swimming Freshman of the Year and classmate Carolina Sculti was tabbed for the Pac-12 Diving Freshman of the Year.