Press Release courtesy of Stanford Athletics
After four weeks away from home, No. 13 Stanford beach volleyball returns to The Farm this weekend to host the Stanford West Coast Classic, which features No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Cal Poly, No. 20 Saint Mary’s and Pacific.
CARDINAL ON PAC-12 NETWORKS
Stanford’s pair of Sunday matches will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal will first take on top-ranked UCLA at Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium at noon PT, then play No. 20 Saint Mary’s at 3 p.m.
Stanford West Coast Classic
Date Time (PT) Matchup
Saturday, April 7 Noon Stanford vs. Cal Poly (Courts 1 & 2)
Saturday, April 7 Noon UCLA vs. Saint Mary’s (Courts 3 & 4)
Saturday, April 7 3 p.m. Stanford vs. Pacific (Courts 1 & 2)
Saturday, April 7 3 p.m. UCLA vs. Cal Poly (Courts 3 & 4)
Sunday, April 8 9 a.m. Pacific vs. UCLA (Courts 1 & 2)
Sunday, April 8 Noon Stanford vs. UCLA (Courts 1 & 2)
Sunday, April 8 Noon Saint Mary’s vs. Cal Poly (Courts 3 & 4)
Sunday, April 8 3 p.m. Stanford vs. Saint Mary’s (Courts 1 & 2)
Sunday, April 8 3 p.m. Pacific vs. Cal Poly (Courts 3 & 4)
CONSISTENCY AT THE TOP
Stanford has shown consistency as its top three pairs have remained the same for most of the season. The only exception came when No. 1 partners Kathryn Plummer and Sunny Villapando split for a pair of matches while Plummer participated in USA Open tryouts in Colorado Springs on March 2. Freshman Blake Sharp filled in for Plummer, with the Sharp/Villapando tandem earning two wins against Sacramento State and Pacific. The Cardinal’s Nos. 2 and 3 pairings have remained intact all season, with Morgan Hentz/Amelia Smith and Courtney Bowen/Kate Formico playing all 18 matches together.
CARDINAL GOES 4-2 IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Playing six matches in four days, Stanford tallied wins against No. 19 Washington and No. 11 Arizona as part of the Pac-12 South Tournament, which was hosted by USC. The Cardinal added a win against Cal State Los Angeles, but fell to No. 4 USC and No. 5 Long Beach State as part of the road trip.
PROGRAM-RECORD WIN STREAK
Spanning from March 2-25, Stanford recorded an 11-match win streak after beginning the season 0-4. It was the longest winning streak in the program’s five-year history. The Cardinal recorded three wins against ranked opponents during the stretch.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE FARM
Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium will be the site of the Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championship, as the Cardinal will host the second-ever conference tournament from April 26-28.