Stanford women earn No. 3 seed for NCAA volleyball | News | Palo Alto Online |

Sports

Stanford women earn No. 3 seed for NCAA volleyball

 

The Stanford women's volleyball team (24-4) begins its quest for the program's ninth NCAA title at home this week, as the Cardinal earned the No. 3 overall seed for the NCAA fournament.

Stanford is scheduled to play its first round match at 7 p.m. on Friday at Maples Pavilion against Denver (23-8). The Pioneers won their fifth Summit League title to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA championship.

Cal Poly (20-8) and Georgia (20-9) will meet in the other first-round matchup at Maples Pavilion on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Mustangs finished second in the Big West Conference, while the Bulldogs took fifth in the SEC. Both received at-large berths into the tournament.

The winners of the Stanford-Denver match and the Cal Poly-Georgia match will meet in the second round on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Should the Cardinal advance past the first weekend of play, it will also host the regional rounds on Dec. 13-14 at Maples Pavilion. The seeded teams in Stanford's region are No. 6 Pittsburgh, No. 11 Penn State and No. 14 BYU. The Final Four will be held at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Dec. 19-21.

Stanford is making its 39th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is one of just two teams, with Penn State, to have made it to all 39 tournaments.

The Cardinal will be seeking a second straight national title and third in four years, its 23rd Final Four trip and 17th appearance in the national title match.

The Cardinal is 10-4 against the field, including wins over No. 2 Texas and No. 5 Nebraska.

Stanford wrapped up the regular season on Friday with a four-set win over Bay Area rival California. Claiming its 19th league title, Stanford went 18-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. Six Pac-12 schools earned bids to the NCAA Tournament.

— Staff report

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


All your news. All in one place. Every day.

From the owner of LV Mar and La Viga, a Palo Alto restaurant inspired by Mexico City
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,818 views

Can you Pay to Reduce your Carbon Footprint?
By Sherry Listgarten | 10 comments | 2,663 views

You Can Help: Scents and Migraines
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 2,250 views

Truth Matters (and so does good beer)
By Laura Stec | 9 comments | 1,995 views

No jacket no problem
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 840 views