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.
TCU’s élan McCall averaged 5.43 kills and 4.29 digs per set, while hitting .516 and converting 97 percent of her serve reception chances (33 of 34) en route to VolleyMob Player of the Week honors.
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.
There were two monster performances that stood out above the rest, but an all around effort and two conference records gave Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson the edge and her third VolleyMob Player of the Week nod this season.
Washington’s Claire Hoffman, Stanford’s Tami Alade and Colorado’s Jenna Ewert were tabbed as the Week 12 Pac-12 award winners.
Washington State’s Penny Tusa, Stanford’s Tami Alade and Oregon’s Brooke Nuneviller garnered Pac-12 Week 10 nods.
Stanford increased its lead atop the Pac-12 standings with a road sweep of USC on Friday night behind an efficient .373 hitting effort.