The Cardinal defense came to play, as No. 5 women’s volleyball (16-4, 10-2 Pac-12) swept Oregon (7-14, 3-9 Pac-12) to the tune of 25-18, 25-12, 28-26 at Maples Pavillion on Sunday afternoon. The Ducks were held to a season-low .102 hitting while Stanford posted 13 total blocks.
Fifth-ranked women’s volleyball (15-4, 9-2 Pac-12) punctuated their sweep of Oregon State (9-13, 3-8 Pac-12) with a 25-9 third-set victory on Friday night. The Cardinal entered the match with their two top left pins — senior Kathryn Plummer and freshman Kendall Kipp — sidelined, but freshman outside hitter Natalie Berty rocked the Beavers with eight kills on ten errorless swings in her first-ever court appearance.
Protecting its perfect conference record and picking up a share of their fifth straight Pac-12 championship, No. 2 Stanford women’s soccer (17-1-0, 9-0-0 Pac-12) breezed by the Arizona State Sun Devils (6-9-3, 0-7-2 Pac-12) in a 3-0 decision Wednesday night. The win was also the Cardinal’s 36th consecutive home victory at Cagan Stadium.
No. 5 women’s volleyball (14-4, 8-2 Pac-12) will host their first rematches of the year when Oregon State (9-12, 3-7 Pac-12) and Oregon (6-13, 2-8 Pac-12) visit the Farm on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Cardinal made the trip to the Beaver State four weekends ago, playing their first matches without senior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer. The Ducks fell in four sets, while the Beavers were swept.
Entering the third set of Sunday’s road match at USC (12-8, 6-4 Pac-12), No. 2 Stanford women’s volleyball (14-4, 8-2 Pac-12) was reeling. The Cardinal had dropped five straight sets for the first time since September 2015. They were missing two-time National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer for the eighth straight match. But with their season seemingly on the line, Stanford pulled off the reverse sweep.
Earlier this year, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Thomas was the only collegiate player to be invited to the U-23 Men’s National Team camp. The team highlights the best soccer players from across the nation and is often an indicator of America’s future Olympic and World Cup prospects. His spot on the team followed a decorated season as a redshirt freshman with the men’s soccer team, which is currently ranked fifth in the nation.
No. 2 women’s soccer (14-1-0, 7-0-0 Pac-12) overwhelmed Colorado (10-5-1, 2-4-1 Pac-12) with three second-half goals in a 4-0 victory in Boulder, CO. Four different Cardinal players found the back of the net, but it was junior forward Catarina Macario’s first-half penalty score that will go down in the history books.
Second-ranked women’s volleyball (13-3, 7-1 Pac-12) is heading to Los Angeles to face UCLA (10-7, 5-3 Pac-12) on Friday and USC (11-7, 5-3 Pac-12) on Sunday. While the matches already have the in-state rivalry factor, this weekend will be especially charged as graduate middle Madeleine Gates will face her old team for the first time.