No. 3 Cardinal women host NCAA volleyball this weekend

Stanford earned the No. 3 overall seed for the NCAA Volleyball tournament and will host matches on Friday and Saturday. Photo by Mike Rasay/

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team begins its quest for the program's eighth NCAA title at home this weekend as the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament.

Menlo-Atherton grad Jacqueline DiSanto is returning to her old stomping grounds as a member of the Wolverines. She's appeared in 16 matches, including Friday's sweep of Indiana.

Jacqueline DiSanto/Michigan Athletics
Stanford (26-3) will play its first round match at 7 p.m. on Friday at Maples Pavilion against CSU Bakersfield (19-13). The Roadrunners won the WAC tournament to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Colorado State (28-3) and Michigan (21-11) will meet in the other first-round matchup at Maples Pavilion on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

The Rams won their 14th Mountain West Conference championship to receive an automatic berth into the tournament.

The Wolverines are riding a five-match winning streak heading into the tournament and received an at-large berth out of the Big Ten Conference.

The winners of the Stanford-CSU Bakersfield match and the Colorado State-Michigan match will meet in the second round on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Cardinal has never lost in the first round.

Should the Cardinal advance past the first weekend of play, it will also host the regional rounds on Dec. 8-9 at Maples Pavilion. The seeded teams in Stanford's region are No. 6 Texas, No. 11 Utah and No. 14 Iowa State. The Final Four will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Dec. 14-16.

Stanford is making its 37th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is one of just two teams, with Penn State, to have made it to all 37 tournaments. The Cardinal will be seeking an NCAA record eighth national title, its 21st Final Four trip and 16th appearance in the national title match.

The Cardinal wrapped up the regular season on Saturday with a 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 victory over Bay Area rival California.

Stanford claimed its 17th Pac-12 title and finished conference play at 19-1. Nine Pac-12 schools earned bids to the NCAA tournament, the most in the nation.

Kathryn Plummer tallied a match-high 16 kills on .371 hitting to go with six digs and four blocks to lead the Cardinal against the Bears. Freshman Meghan McClure added nine kills on a .400 attack percentage and five digs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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