There’s plenty going on at The Farm right now, so let’s take a look!
Head Coach Jerod Haase has the Cardinal sitting so far at 2-1 with wins over Cal Poly and Pacifica. The loss came earlier this week versus an aggressive Eastern Washington squad that held on to beat Stanford 61-67. Two major factors preventing the win were Senior Dorian Pickens was out with injury and Michael Humphrey was held to just 8 points Cardinal. Reid Travis is already on Wooden Award preseason top 50 list and should continue to improve. The Cardinal have also had good minutes from a few freshman including guard Isaac White who has stepped up nicely while key player Marcus Sheffield is out right now.
Stanford will have to get whatever kinks they have, worked out this weekend versus Northeastern before the likes of North Carolina come to Palo Alto on Monday November 20th at 8:30 PM.
Tara Vanderveer’s team is at an 0-2 record. But wait...before you double take, realize that Stanford returned just two starters from last year’s team that made it to the Final Four AND they had to go up against 2 top-5 ranked teams including Ohio State then the UConn Huskies. Sophomore DiJonai Carrington came off the bench with 21 points during the UConn game which is a great sign and the Cardinal still have Brittany McPhee who was named earlier this week to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30. The entire Pac 12 will be out for blood per usual versus Stanford and things should get back on track this Friday November 17th when they take on UC Riverside at 7pm at Maples Pavilion.
The women’s volleyball team is on yet another dominant streak this year, earlier this week clinching the Pac 12 Championship for the first time since 2014. The Cardinal have a new head coach Kevin Hambly, who took over earlier in the year, coming to Stanford from Illinois where he served as the head coach for eight seasons. Stanford looks to have back to back National Championships from last season. If you’ve yet to get to one of these games, please go! There are a few left including Utah and Cal.
Just kidding. The Cardinal are coming off their best overall performance yet, last week versus Washington. This week’s Big Game is already a sellout and a must-win for Coach Shaw and his team. There’s still somehow, a chance that Stanford could secure the Pac 12 North by beating Cal and having Washington defeat Washington State. Unlikely at this point that any Pac-12 school be in the conversation with the playoff, but the Cardinal still can make their resume look good if they were to knock off a very tough Notre Dame Thanksgiving weekend.
The women’s program continues their dominance as the #1 ranked team in the tournament. They’ll face off against Auburn in Palo Alto on Friday November 17th at 7 PM. Although always in the running, Stanford is seeking it’s first National title since 2011 and this could be the year to do so. The Cardinal started the tournament against Utah Valley in a crushing 9-1 victory where seven players scored. The Cardinal offense has the number one ranked offense scoring 79 goals and leads the nation in goals per game (almost 4).
The men’s program is working on a third consecutive National Championship this year coming off their second National Championship last year in thrilling fashion in PK’s. The 11th ranked Cardinal are on the pitch this Sunday at home, to start the NCAA tournament, versus the winner of Pacific and Cal State Fullerton. Stanford is placed at the 9 seed for the tournament. The team is lead by senior Foster Langsdorf who was named the 2017 Pac 12 Player of the Year.