Women's Volleyball Announces 2008 Schedule
April 2, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Head Coach John Dunning has announced the schedule for the 2008 Stanford women's volleyball team. Competing in one of the nation's toughest volleyball conferences, the Cardinal will look to defend its Pac-10 Championship and battle for its seventh NCAA Championship.
Stanford opens the season on Aug. 29 at the prestigious AVCA Showcase, which historically features four of the top contenders for the national championship. The tournament (Aug. 29-30) will be held at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., also the site of the 2008 Final Four.
The Cardinal will continue its season-opening road trip in Orlando, Fla. with a midweek contest against Central Florida on Sept. 2. The team finishes the trip at the St. Louis Invitational in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 5-6.
On Sept. 11, the squad will open the home season against New Mexico State as part of the annual Stanford Invitational. The team will meet UC Santa Barbara on the second day of the event (Sept. 12) and will wrap it up against Santa Clara in a rematch of the 2007 NCAA First Round.
Stanford closes out the preseason Sept. 19-20 at the Cal Poly Invitational.
The Pac-10 season begins on Friday, Sept. 26, when Stanford takes on Oregon State in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal will be defending its back-to-back conference championships, while competing in the conference that sent six teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, and had three advance to the Final Four. Stanford's will play key match-ups against NCAA semifinalists California and USC in Maples Pavilion on Oct. 17 and Nov. 22, respectively. Regional finalist UCLA will visit the Farm on Friday, Nov. 21, while 2007 conference runner-up Washington will play at Stanford on Halloween night, Oct. 31.
The NCAA Tournament begins with opening rounds, Dec. 5-6. The Final Four is set for Dec. 18-20 in Omaha, Neb.
Stanford returns 11 of the 13 letterwinners that carried the team to the NCAA title match last season, including National Player of the Year Foluke Akinradewo, and All-Americans Cynthia Barboza and Alix Klineman. Newcomer Jessica Walker, a PrepVolleyball.com top-10 recruit from Houston, Texas will round out the 2008 Cardinal roster.
The complete 2008 Stanford women's volleyball schedule is available here.