The Pac-12 Conference is anybody’s race right now. While Washington sits atop the conference with a 6-2 record and Washington State is in second place at 6-3, half the conference — that’s right, six teams — is tied for third at 5-3. Prior to Wazzu’s Wednesday win, there were 7 teams tied for second. As a result, every conference match is critical right now.
The Bruins are returning home from sweeping the Oregon schools on the road last weekend and a win tonight would put UCLA in a better position to win the conference championship, but it won’t be easy. Tonight, #15 UCLA welcomes #14 Stanford to Pauley Pavilion.
As the Bruins take the court tonight, Coach Michael Sealy probably understands how Jim Mora feels about Stanford since the UCLA Women’s Volleyball has lost seven in a row to the Cardinal and has not beaten Stanford since 2011. Sealy needs his team to prove that they belong back in the national conversation and a win over the Cardinal would be an excellent statement from the team.
Overall, the team played very well last weekend. Not only did they notch victories over both Oregon schools, but Torrey Van Winden was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and senior Taylor Formico earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Now, the question is: Can the team maintain its current momentum at home?
#15 UCLA Women's Volleyball (14-4, 5-3)
Opponent: Stanford Cardinal (11-5, 5-3)
When: 7 PM PT, Friday, October 21, 2016
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac-12 National, Los Angeles and Bay Area
Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now App
Live Stats: UCLA Bruins Stat Broadcast