The eighth-ranked Sun Devils came to Avery Aquatic Center and almost spoiled Stanford’s MPSF conference opener, with a 5-1 run and another 3-1 run late in the game.
The women’s swimming and diving team will take to the pool at the University of Georgia next week to try and earn their fourth-consecutive NCAA championship.
Against No. 5 Lewis (15-4, 6-1 MIVA), a lack of consistency and experience proved fatal for the No. 13 men’s volleyball team (6-11, 2-4 MPSF).
Winning eight of the final 14 events, top-ranked Stanford secured its fourth consecutive Pac-12 women’s swimming and diving title on Saturday. The team’s depth allowed it to finish the first two days with a lead despite zero event wins, and the individual performances came through in the second half of the championship.
It’s never easy playing the No. 2 team in the nation, and it certainly doesn’t get easier in front of 5,800 rabid fans on their home court.
After the first two days of competition at the Pac-12 women’s swimming and diving championships, top-ranked Stanford finds itself in a familiar position: first place. However, despite strong individual performances, the Cardinal have yet to win an event.
With a two-day turnaround, No. 12 Stanford (6-8, 2-3 MPSF) took the floor Saturday evening against Concordia (6-10, 1-4 MPSF) and punctuated the weekend with a 3-0 sweep of the Eagles. The Cardinal improved in each set of the 25-23, 25-23, 25-18 win, a marked turnaround from Thursday’s loss.
Men’s volleyball (5-8, 1-3 MPSF) failed to pass on Thursday night, and USC (3-11, 1-4 MPSF) walked away from Maples Pavilion with just its third win of the year. After a 4-1 start to the season, the Cardinal continue to slide, having lost their last six of seven.
Proving its ranking, No. 1 Hawaii blew past Stanford over the weekend, handing the 11th-ranked Cardinal two of their worst losses of the season.
The women’s swimming and diving senior class ended its four-year regular-season career without a dual meet loss. No. 5 Stanford trounced (7-0, 6-0 Pac-12) second-ranked Cal (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) in Avery 193-104, the largest margin of victory in the rivalry’s history.
After breaking its four-game losing streak last weekend, No. 11 men’s volleyball now welcomes top-ranked Hawaii to the Farm to play matches on back-to-back days.
Riding an .857 hitting percentage in the first frame, No. 13 Stanford (5-5, 1-2 MPSF) swept the seventh-ranked Bruins (5-5, 0-2 MPSF) in three sets.
Despite a 12-1 run to force a fifth set in Maples, No. 13 men’s volleyball could not close out the match against eighth-ranked Pepperdine Thursday night. The 25-18, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20, 15-9 loss is the team’s fourth in a row.
For the first time in program history, ninth-ranked men’s volleyball lost to Grand Canyon University (8-2, 1-0 MPSF). To open conference play, the Antelopes upset Stanford in just three sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-19.
Without its starting setter or libero, the No. 8 men’s volleyball team struggled to find momentum against third-ranked UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos claimed the 25-21, 25-18, 25-18 match in just under 90 minutes.
Guided by this simple mantra, men’s swimming and diving secured two ranked Pac-12 wins on Friday and Saturday. Through these photo finishes and more than a few dominant performances, the No. 19 Cardinal downed No. 13 Arizona State 183-93 before drowning No. 10 Arizona 192-72.
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Both swimming and diving teams will race this weekend against each of the Arizona schools in a combined, dual meet format. Arizona State will take the deck first on Friday before Arizona’s turn on Saturday.
Eighth-ranked men’s volleyball is set to host No. 3 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. The Cardinal — who lost their last match to No. 5 UC Irvine — enter the weekend with a question mark at the setter position.
Denise Corlett, associate head coach of Stanford women’s volleyball, will retire after 31 years with the program. The school will begin a national search for her replacement.
After losing a disappointing five-set match on Jan. 8, seventh-ranked men’s volleyball rebounded to win the AVCA Showcase in Fairfax, VA. The Cardinal earned the title with a 3-1 victory over New Jersey Institute on Jan. 10 and a sweep of George Mason on Jan. 11.
For the 10th-straight year, No. 19 men’s swimming and diving drowned the University of Pacific. The Cardinal opened their 2020 winter dual meet season with a comfortable 198-82 victory, winning all 16 events.
Stanford named Dan Schemmel as the sixth head coach of the men’s swimming and diving program in May of 2019. Schemmel was the head of both the men’s and women’s programs at Hawaii, where the Rainbow Warriors and Wahines enjoyed new levels of success.
St. Francis stunned the seventh-ranked men’s volleyball team with a five-set win in Loretto, PA, on Wednesday night. The Cardinal won the first two sets before collapsing and dropping their first match of the 2020 season.