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Jacob Myers | NCAA.com | December 17, 2018

2018 NCAA volleyball championship: Stanford beats Nebraska to earn eighth national title

MINNEAPOLIS — Stanford defeated Nebraska in five sets on Saturday to win the 2018 national championship.

This is the Cardinal's Division I-high eighth national title. Meghan McClure delivered the decisive point in a thrilling five-set match against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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Below is our blog with all the action from national championship match and trophy celebration.

NATIONAL Championship        
Game Site Date Time (ET) Network
Stanford 3, Nebraska 2 Minneapolis, Minn. Saturday, Dec. 15 9 p.m. ESPN2
NATIONAL SEMIFINALS        
Game Site Date Time (ET) Network
No. 1 Stanford 3, No. 4 BYU 0 Minneapolis, Minn. Thursday, Dec. 13 7 p.m. ESPN
No. 7 Nebraska 3, No. 3 Illinois 2 Minneapolis, Minn. Thursday, Dec. 13 9 p.m. ESPN

How they got here

No. 1 Stanford (22nd appearance):

  • First round: Alabama State, 3-0
  • Second round: Loyola Marymount, 3-0
  • Regional semifinal: No. 16 Washington, 3-1
  • Regional final: No. 8 Penn State, 3-1

No. 4 BYU (3rd appearance):

  • First round: Stony Brook, 3-0
  • Second round: Utah, 3-0
  • Regional semifinal: Florida, 3-1
  • Regional final: No. 5 Texas, 3-0

No. 3 Illinois (4th appearance):

  • First round: Eastern Michigan, 3-0
  • Second round: Louisville, 3-1
  • Regional semifinal: No. 14 Marquette, 3-0
  • Regional final: No. 6 Wisconsin, 3-1

No. 7 Nebraska (15th appearance):

  • First round: Hofstra, 3-0
  • Second round: Missouri, 3-0
  • Regional semifinal: No. 10 Kentucky, 3-0
  • Regional final: No. 15 Oregon, 3-0

Championship History

YEAR CHAMPION (RECORD) COACH SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2018 Stanford (34-1) Kevin Hambly 3-2 Nebraska Minneapolis
2017 Nebraska (32-4) John Cook 3-1 Florida Kansas City
2016 Stanford (26-7) John Dunning 3-1 Texas Columbus
2015 Nebraska (32-4) John Cook 3-0 Texas Omaha
2014 Penn State (36-3) Russ Rose 3-0 BYU Oklahoma City
2013 Penn State (34-2) Russ Rose 3-1 Wisconsin Seattle
2012 Texas (29-4) Jerritt Elliott 3-0 Oregon Louisville
2011 UCLA (29-6) Michael Sealy 3-1 Illinois San Antonio, Texas
2010 Penn State (32-5) Russ Rose 3-0 California UMKC
2009 Penn State (38-0) Russ Rose 3-2 Texas South Florida
2008 Penn State (38-0) Russ Rose 3-0 Stanford Nebraska
2007 Penn State (34-2) Russ Rose 3-2 Stanford Sacramento State
2006 Nebraska (33-1) John Cook 3-1 Stanford Nebraska
2005 Washington (32-1) Jim McLaughlin 3-0 Nebraska UTSA
2004 Stanford (30-6) John Dunning 3-0 Minnesota Long Beach State
2003 Southern California (35-0) Mick Haley 3-1 Florida Dallas
2002 Southern California (31-1) Mick Haley 3-1 Stanford New Orleans
2001 Stanford (33-2) John Dunning 3-0 Long Beach State San Diego State
2000 Nebraska (34-0) John Cook 3-2 Wisconsin VCU
1999 Penn State (36-1) Russ Rose 3-0 Stanford Hawaii
1998 Long Beach State (36-0) Brian Gimmillaro 3-2 Penn State Wisconsin
1997 Stanford (33-2) Don Shaw 3-2 Penn State Washington State
1996 Stanford (31-2) Don Shaw 3-0 Hawaii Cleveland State
1995 Nebraska (32-1) Terry Pettit 3-1 Texas Massachusetts
1994 Stanford (31-2) Don Shaw 3-1 UCLA Texas
1993 Long Beach State (32-2) Brian Gimmillaro 3-1 Penn State Wisconsin
1992 Stanford (31-2) Don Shaw 3-1 UCLA New Mexico
1991 UCLA (31-5) Andy Banachowski 3-2 Long Beach State UCLA
1990 UCLA (36-1) Andy Banachowski 3-0 Pacific Maryland
1989 Long Beach State (32-5) Brian Gimmillaro 3-0 Nebraska Hawaii
1988 Texas (34-5) Mick Haley 3-0 Hawaii Minnesota
1987 Hawaii (37-2) Dave Shoji 3-1 Stanford Indianapolis
1986 Pacific (39-3) John Dunning 3-0 Nebraska Pacific
1985 Pacific (36-3) John Dunning 3-1 Stanford Western Michigan
1984 UCLA (33-6) Andy Banachowski 3-2 Stanford UCLA
1983 Hawaii (34-2) Dave Shoji 3-0 UCLA Kentucky
1982 Hawaii (33-1) Dave Shoji 3-2 Southern California Pacific
1981 Southern California (27-10) Chuck Erbe 3-2 UCLA UCLA