In her 33rd year at the helm, head coach Tara VanDerveer leads Stanford women’s basketball to its 32nd consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.
There’s only one game left in the regular season for the Stanford basketball teams, when the men take on Berkeley this Thursday in Maples Pavilion. With postseason play kicking off, the nationally ranked No. 7 women have a spot in the NCAA tournament locked down, while the men head to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 tournament with a hope and a prayer. With the women kicking off play this weekend, and the men starting up next week, The Daily’s Daniel Martinez-Krams, Mark Lu, and King Jemison take a look at the Pac-12 chances of both teams, and the possible tournament MVPs from the coming weekends.
In a spectacular weekend which saw more than 5500 people gather at Maples Pavilion for the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regional Finals, the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (32-1, 20-0 Pac-12) bested their bracket, defeating both No. 19 Washington State (23-10; 12-8 Pac-12) and No. 8 Penn State (26-8, 14-6 Big Ten) by 3-1 scores, gaining a place in the Final Four to be played December 13th and 15th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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.
Sunday’s tournament match for Stanford men’s soccer can be summarized in just two words– ANDREW THOMAS. The redshirt senior goalkeeper denied one Saint Mary’s (18-0-2, 6-0-1 WCC) penalty kick and watched another clang off the crossbar as the No. 9 seeded Stanford (12-3-5, 7-2-1 Pac 12) advanced 4-2 on penalties over the eight seed in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
On Friday, No. 1 Stanford women’s soccer (17-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) defeated rival University of California (5-12-2, 1-9-1) 2-0 to secure the Pac-12 Conference Championship for the fourth consecutive year. To further cement their dominance in the conference, the Cardinal added another win on Sunday over Arizona State (10-7-1, 5-5-1), defeating the Sun Devils 4-1.
The Stanford women’s basketball team begins pre-season training with momentum after a strong season under coach Tara VanDerveer. Last season, the Cardinal finished second in the Pac-12 tournament, losing to Oregon in the title game. In the NCAA tournament, the team defeated Gonzaga and Florida Gulf Coast, reached the Sweet Sixteen for the eleventh consecutive time, but ultimately lost to Louisville in the round of 16.
Two years in a row, Stanford hosted Cal State Fullerton in its regional of the NCAA Tournament. Two years in a row, the Titans eliminated nationally-seeded Cardinal teams from postseason contention, won the Stanford Regional and advanced to the Super Regional. Except this year — with one of the best Stanford teams in recent memory, one…