From 1999 through 2011, the Cards won 184 straight home games, before losing that epic match against the Gators, where Embree comes back and beats Mal down 4-0 in the 3rd set. I do understand the big picture with STAN domination but it wasn't just against USC and Pac-12, it was against every team except for Florida.
I understand that it was a big thing for USC to win at home against STAN in 2013. USC was heavily favored on paper but still felt like the underdog because of the domination. I saw the pregame interviews with Sabs. It was a big win and hence the victory lap.
It wasn't until 2012 that USC owned Stanford for the better part of 2 years before the R4 match at NCAA's, which I agree USC should have won, as I did not think STAN was going to win at the #3 doubles.
The turning point, I believe would have to be the 2011 recruiting class, where USC was ranked #2 with Santamaria, Scandalis, Olmos, and DeSimone. Whereas, Stanford was ranked #7 with Tsay. We know who got the better hand on this class.
UCLA also gained ground with the #3 ranked class with Anderson, Nguyen, Morton, and Kaitlyn Ray.
Even with the #1 recruiting class in 2013, Ahn and Hardebeck isn't as dominant as 2011-2012 (Gibbs and Mal) or 2010-2011 (Barte and Gibbs), so that is going to put pressure on #3-#6, so I view 2013-2014 as a rebuilding year and another USC Pac-12 title.