Friday, October 12, 2007

Women's Vball vs Washington 10/12/2007

Stanford 2 Washington 3 As I made my way to Maples, there was some light rain. It briefly crossed my mind that this Seattle-like weather could be an ominous sign. I was informed that Washington had lost in 5 to Cal the previous night, preventing our game from being a battle of the unbeatens. Good thing too - otherwise Washington would have sole posession of first place in the Pac-10.

I was initially pretty disappointed with the turnout (seeing as this would probably be our last big Pac-10 home game) but students slowly trickled in and attendance was significantly better than the previous night. By the end of the first game, the Block party section was pretty packed and the atmosphere was great with alumni back for Homecoming. A group of former Cardinal volleyball greats were also honoured during half time.

The refereeing was rather suspect in the first two games with several botched calls and harsh double hit calls on Bryn. Dunning was so upset that he received a yellow card. I don't think any of us had seen that happen before. It seemed that we got off to a great start in each of the first 4 games only to have Washington battle back thanks to service errors and terrible passing on our part as well as inspired defense by Washington. When we needed a strong start in the 5th, we just weren't able to string points together even though the opportunities were there.

Oh well, we're no longer undefeated. We might even drop down to #3 in the polls. I think it'll be a good wake up call for us to address certain aspects of our play. Plus, we won't have the pressure of maintaining an unbeaten record. We should be alright.
~ Zhihao

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