The third-seeded Stanford Cardinal women’s volleyball team will meet the seventh-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers in the national semifinals on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
The game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick, or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
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The Cardinal have won a record eight national titles, and they’re seeking their fourth consecutive trip to the finals, having won it all in 2016 and 2017.
On Saturday, they swept the 11th-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions 3-0 to reach their 23rd semifinals in the national tournament’s 38th installment.
“The senior class has been incredible,” Cardinal head coach Kevin Hambly said after the victory, according to Palo Alto Online. “What stands out to me is their preparation, leadership and competitiveness. It’s been fun to be part of it for three years.”
He added: “Players had a remarkable night offensively. The way we all played and some of the numbers we put up were outstanding.”
Cardinal senior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer, the national player of the year in 2017 and 2018, struck a match-high 24 kills with just 2 errors for a .512 hitting percentage in her last match at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion, which hosted the Palo Alto Regional.
“Our senior class talked before the game about how we wanted to go out with a bang,” Plummer said, per Palo Alto Online. “To have the last game at Maples be the Elite Eight going onto the national championships, is amazing. It’s really special because that’s the best unit we had, coming back, taking the lead and sustaining pressure. It was a great feeling to go out with that win.”
The Cardinal are 28-4. They went 18-2 in conference play en route to their third consecutive Pac-12 title. The Gophers dealt them their first defeat of the year, securing a 3-1 victory in State College, PA, in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.
Stanford committed a season-worst 29 errors in the loss.
“I’m sure both teams have probably evolved,” Gophers head coach Hugh McCutcheon said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “but at some point, there has to be a fundamental belief that you can win the match and if you’ve never beaten a team, it’s probably hard to believe that. But if you have, well then, maybe you think it’s possible.”
The Gophers are 27-5 overall, having gone 17-3 in Big Ten play.
They swept the unseeded Louisville Cardinals 3-0 on Saturday to emerge from the Austin Regional. Like the two teams left on the other side of the bracket, the first-seeded Baylor Lady Bears and the fourth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers, the Gophers are seeking their first national title.
“I feel like we’ve been an underdog most of the season,” McCutcheon said. “We’ve had injuries, we’ve had all kinds of stuff we’ve been trying to manage. This has been a remarkable group, and they’ve dealt with all of that really well.”
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