STANFORD, Calif. – For the eighth consecutive year, the Stanford women’s volleyball team will open its schedule on the road. The 2014 squad will compete in the AVCA Showcase, playing Iowa State on Friday, Aug. 29 in Ames, Iowa and Nebraska on Sunday, Aug. 31 in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cardinal opens its home schedule in 2014 against defending national champion Penn State on Friday, Sept. 5. Stanford will also take on Big Ten foe Illinois on Sunday, Sep. 7 in Maples Pavilion. The Illini will face UCLA prior to the Stanford-Penn State match on Sept. 5. UCLA and Penn State will square off in Maples on Saturday, Sept. 6.
Stanford will host a second preseason tournament in conjunction with Santa Clara University the following weekend. The Cardinal will play host to Duke on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., while the Broncos welcome Penn at Santa Clara also at 7 p.m. Stanford will then take on Penn on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m., while Santa Clara faces Duke at home at the same time. The tournament will conclude at Maples with Penn playing Duke at 5 p.m. and Stanford hosting Santa Clara at 7 p.m.
The Cardinal closes out its non-conference schedule in San Diego, Calif., Sept. 18-20. Stanford will face the University of San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinal will then take on Eastern Washington on Friday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. and Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m.
Stanford returns four All-Americans in 2014, led by first-team pick Inky Ajanaku and Pac-12 Setter of the Year Madi Bugg, who was a second team selection. Senior libero Kyle Gilbert and junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess were both honorable mention All-Americans in 2013.
2014 Non-Conference Schedule
All times Pacific (Dates and times subject to change)
|Friday||Aug. 29||Iowa State||Ames, Iowa||4:30 p.m.|
|Nebraska||Lincoln, Neb.||11 a.m.|
|Friday||Sept. 5||Illinois vs. UCLA||Stanford, Calif.||4:30 p.m.|
|Penn State||Stanford, Calif.||7 p.m.|
|Saturday||Sept. 6||Penn State vs. UCLA||Stanford, Calif.||4 p.m.|
|Sunday||Sept. 7||Illinois||Stanford, Calif.||12 p.m.|
|Friday||Sept. 12||Duke||Stanford, Calif.||7 p.m.|
|Penn vs. Santa Clara||Santa Clara, Calif.||7 p.m.|
|Saturday||Sept. 13||Penn||Stanford, Calif.||11 a.m.|
|Duke vs. Santa Clara||Santa Clara, Calif.||11 a.m.|
|Duke vs. Penn||Stanford, Calif.||5 p.m.|
|Santa Clara||Stanford, Calif.||7 p.m.|
|Thursday||Sept. 18||San Diego||San Diego, Calif.||7:30 p.m.|
|Friday||Sept. 19||Eastern Washington||San Diego, Calif.||5 p.m.|
|Saturday||Sept. 20||Cal State Northridge||San Diego, Calif.||11 a.m.|