The Cardinal sit atop the VolleyMob 2018 Preseason Top 25.
Illinois comes in at #11, right on the fringe of the top 10, to lead a group of Pac-12 schools in the #11-15 range.
Stanford will look to claim the National Championship for the second time in three seasons; Way-Too-Early 2018 VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (Full List).
Illinois has six starters back and should be ready to compete with the best the Big Ten has to offer; Way-Too-Early VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (#11-15).
Illinois stunned #8 Washington on the road to reach their second Sweet 16 in three seasons.
Ali Bastianelli took over in the fifth set as Illinois overcame a late surge from Hawaii before #8 Washington swept through LIU Brooklyn.
Senior Crissy Jones thrived in the new rotation with the freedom to hit out of the middle on Wednesday.
(RV) Oregon State upended #8 Washington after almost losing a 2-0 set lead in a wild five-setter.
Tia Scambray (pictured above) posted five aces in leading a dominant Washington serve to an upset of #2 Stanford.
#8 Washington picks up a hugh road victory less than 24 hours after a sweep in Colorado. The Huskies downed the Utes in four sets Saturday night.