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Wayne Staats | NCAA.com | September 8, 2019

No. 3 Texas vs. No. 1 Stanford volleyball: Preview, how to watch

Check out this 1:55 second rally in this week's volleyball top plays

Two college volleyball powers meet in a No. 1 vs. No. 3 matchup as Stanford faces off against Texas on Sunday, Sept. 8 Check out our preview and how to watch information below.

The Cardinal are on a roll. The defending national champions have won 35 consecutive matches and are getting the Longhorns in the home opener. Stanford is also 20-7 against Texas all-time — and swept the Longhorns last season.

Stanford-Texas volleyball: Preview

It doesn't get much bigger than this, as Stanford's non-conference slate continues to give fans exciting matchups.

The Cardinal swept No. 7 Florida on the road Wednesday and now get the No. 3 Longhorns. But that's not all. Stanford is in a five-match stretch against top-10 teams: No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Texas, No. 6 Penn State, No. 8 Minnesota and No. 2 Nebraska (if PSU, Minnesota and Nebraska can remain there for the matches). And then Stanford gets a visit from 2018 semifinalist BYU, the last team to beat the Cardinal. That's a lot before going into Pac-12 play.

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Stanford has looked like the No. 1 team in its 3-0 start. Two-time national player of the year Kathryn Plummer is hitting .435 on the season and just torched Florida with 21 kills while hitting .441 for the match.

Tale of the Tape
No. 1 AVCA ranking No. 3
3-0 Record 3-0
Kevin Hambly
Coach (Record at school) Jerritt Elliott
38 NCAA tournament appearances 35
8 NCAA championships 2
Kathryn Plummer,
Kills leader Micaya White and Logan Eggleston,
Jenna Gray,
Assists leader Jhenna Gabriel,
Madeleine Gates,
Blocks leader Asjia O'Neal,
Morgan Hentz,
Digs leader Sydney Petersen,
.348 Team hitting .327
.129 Opponent hitting .232
def. No. 7 Florida, 3-0
(25-22, 25-17, 25-19)
Previous match def. No. 8 Minnesota, 3-0
(25-22, 29-27, 35-33)
at No. 6 Penn State
9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13
Next match (times ET) vs. No. 13 BYU (in Wichita, Kansas)
5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13

The Cardinal took six of seven sets against Texas last year, with the Longhorns winning the third set in Austin to avoid the back-to-back sweeps.

But this year's Texas team has been almost as dominant as the Cardinal. After beating both UNI and Southern California in four sets, the Longhorns stepped up and swept No. 8 Minnesota on Wednesday. Though the Gophers hit .311, Texas hit a ridiculous .353, including .426 in the wild 35-33 clinching third set. Micaya White and Logan Eggleston combined for 31 kills.

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However, though Texas has picked up impressive wins, defeating top-ranked Stanford is a big ask. Cardinal coach Kevin Hambly is 32-0 at Maples Pavilion — and his team has lost only 12 sets at home during that run.

Stanford's overall win streak is up to 35 in a row, which ties 2003 Hawai'i, 1998 Penn State and UCLA (September 1990 to September 1991) for the 10th longest winning streak of all-time. If the Cardinal beat Texas, it moved up to a tie for 7th all-time:

Longest consecutive win streaks in NCAA DI women's volleyball history:

  • 1st at 109: Penn State from Sept. 21, 2007 to Sept. 10, 2010
  • 2nd at 52: Southern California from Nov. 2, 2002 to Sept. 10, 2004
  • 3rd at 44: Penn State from August 31 to Dec. 7, 1990
  • 4th at 43: UCLA from Nov. 16, 1991 to Dec. 17, 1992
  • 5th at 42: Long Beach State from Aug. 28, 1998 to Sept. 10, 1999
  • 6th at 37: Florida from August 24 to Dec. 13, 1996
  • 7th (tied) at 36: Florida (August 23 to Dec. 18, 2003), Nebraska (Sept. 1, 2000 to Aug. 25, 2001) and Penn State (August 28 to Dec. 18, 1999)
  • 10th (tied) at 35: Hawai'i (August 29-Dec. 13, 2003), Penn State (September 4 to Dec. 17, 1998), UCLA (Sept. 7, 1990 to Sept. 6, 1991) and Stanford (Sept. 1, 2018 to present)

Stanford-Texas volleyball: How to watch, time, TV channel

The 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Stanford-Texas match on Sunday, Sept. 8 is on the Pac-12 Network. You can also watch it online here.

Stanford-Texas volleyball: Series history

The Cardinal have 20-7 record all-time against Texas.

Stanford beat Texas in a home-and-home series last year and has won the most recent four matches. The Longhorns haven't defeated the Cardinal since Sept. 8, 2013.

Date Winner Score Loser Location/information
Sept. 14, 2018 Stanford 3-1 Texas Austin, Texas
Sept. 11, 2018 Stanford 3-0 Texas Stanford, Calif.
Dec. 9, 2017 Stanford 3-0 Texas NCAA Regional Final (Stanford, Calif.)
Dec. 17, 2016 Stanford 3-1 Texas NCAA National Championship (Columbus, Ohio)
Sept. 8, 2013 Texas 3-1 Stanford Austin, Texas
Sept. 10, 2010 Stanford 3-0 Texas Gainesville, Fla.
Dec. 18, 2008 Stanford 3-2 Texas NCAA National Semifinals (Omaha, Neb.)
Aug. 31, 2008 Stanford 3-2 Texas Omaha, Neb.
Dec. 9, 2006 Stanford 3-1 Texas NCAA Regional Final (Austin, Texas)
Dec. 10, 2004 Stanford 3-0 Texas NCAA Regional Semifinals (Green Bay, Wis.)
Sept. 7, 2001 Stanford 3-0 Texas College Station, Texas
Sept. 3, 1999 Texas 3-1 Stanford Austin, Texas
Dec. 10, 1998 Texas 3-1 Stanford NCAA Regional Semifinals (Long Beach, Calif.)
Aug. 31, 1996 Stanford 3-0 Texas East Lansing, Mich.
Dec. 14, 1995 Texas 3-2 Stanford NCAA National Semifinals (Amherst, Mass.)
Sept. 6, 1995 Texas 3-2 Stanford Austin, Texas
Oct. 8, 1993 Stanford 3-0 Texas Stanford, Calif.
Sept. 10, 1991 Stanford 3-1 Texas Austin, Texas
Nov. 10, 1990 Stanford 3-1 Texas Stanford, Calif.
Dec. 17, 1987 Stanford 3-2 Texas NCAA National Semifinals (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Oct. 2, 1987 Stanford 3-0 Texas Stanford, Calif.
Sept. 12, 1986 Texas 3-0 Stanford Austin, Texas
Sept. 11, 1986 Texas 3-1 Stanford Austin, Texas
Sept. 27, 1985 Stanford 3-2 Texas Stanford, Calif.
Sept. 24, 1983 Stanford 3-2 Texas San Jose, Calif.
Dec. 10, 1982 Stanford 3-0 Texas NCAA Regional Semifinal (Houston, Texas)
Sept. 25, 1982 Stanford 3-1 Texas San Jose, Calif.

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