BYU Women’s Volleyball Ends No. 2 Stanford 37-Game Home Win Streak

Sep 22, 2019, 12:04 PM | Updated: 12:13 pm
Photo: Courtesy of BYU Athletics...
Photo: Courtesy of BYU Athletics

PALO ALTO, Calif. – The No. 12 ranked BYU women’s volleyball team pulled off a huge win Saturday on the road against the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal.

The Cougars defeated Stanford, the defending National Champions, in four-sets (18-25, 25-22, 25-23, 31-29). BYU’s win ended Stanford’s 37-game home winning streak at Maples Pavilion. Stanford was riding high entering the match as they had their eyes set on being the No. 1 ranked team in America after defeating the top-ranked team Nebraska in Lincoln earlier in the week.

Senior McKenna Miller who was dominant in the Cougars win at rival Utah two days prior, had another impressive performance against Stanford. Miller had 18 kills in the match.

BYU dropped the first set 18-25 but then rolled and sealed the victory in a thrilling fourth set that saw the Cardinal hold off multiple match points from the Cougars. Stanford took a lead at 25-24 but BYU kept battling and finally the Cougars won the set and the match off of a Taylen Ballard-Nixon kill that ended up ricocheting out of play, giving the Cougars the 31-29 set and the match.

With the win at Stanford, BYU concludes non-conference play with a 9-2 overall record. The only two losses came against nationally-ranked teams in Marquette and Texas earlier in the season.

Postgame Dancing

To celebrate the big win over Stanford, the BYU team and head coach Heather Olmstead took a page from the Cougar football program and busted out the dance moves in the postgame locker room celebration.

Up Next

The next top 25 poll will be released tomorrow and BYU is likely headed into the top 10. The Cougars will open up West Coast Conference play this Thursday on the road against Gonzaga. The match begins at 7 p.m. (MDT) and will be available online on the WCC Network.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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