Ali Bastianelli will be key as Illinois and Nebraska do battle for a chance at representing the Big Ten in the NCAA Championship match.
Saturday featured 12 matches with the winners earning a ticket to the Sweet 16 next weekend. Eight of the matches ended in sweeps, although two of those provided upsets as No. 9 Creighton and No. 11 USC fell to Washington and San Diego respectively.
For the second straight night, top-seeded Stanford women’s volleyball swept its way to victory in the NCAA Tournament, this time advancing to the Sweet 16 with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 victory over Loyola Marymount
Pac-12 Champion Stanford was awarded the No. 1-overall seed with three other league squads receiving a top-16 seeding, giving them the right to host the first and second rounds. The league earned eight berths for the fifth time in six years.
Stanford junior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer was voted the Pac-12 Volleyball Player of the Year for the second-straight year, while teammates Jenna Gray and Morgan Hentz were tabbed as Setter and Libero of the Year and USC’s Raquel Lazaro was selected as Freshman of the Year.
Playing in their final regular season match at Maples Pavilion, the Stanford seniors led the Cardinal to a 3-0 sweep over California on Saturday.
A 3-1 win over Oregon on Thursday clinched Stanford at least a share of the Cardinal’s 18th Pac-12 title
No. 2 Stanford, which has won 20-straight matches and claimed a nation-best 29-consecutive victories at home, could potentially clinch a share of the Pac-12 crown with two more wins this week.
#2 Stanford swept #19 UCLA on the road to remain perfect in the Pac-12. #16 Oregon, #11 USC, and (RV) Colorado all picked up four set wins Sunday afternoon. In Tempe, Arizona, Oregon State earned its first Pac-12 win with a four set victory over Arizona State.
Stanford increased its lead atop the Pac-12 standings with a road sweep of USC on Friday night behind an efficient .373 hitting effort.