- #2 Stanford def. #15 Washington 3-2 (25-16, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10)
- #2 Stanford improves to 16-2 (9-0, Pac-12); #15 Washington falls to 15-5 (5-4, Pac-12)
- Palo Alto, California (Pac-12 Match)
- Attendance: 1,677
- Box Score
Palo Alto, California – #2 Stanford overcame a 2-1 set deficit on their home floor to pull off a five-set victory over last year’s Pac-12 champion in #15 Washington. The win keeps Stanford undefeated in conference play while Washington has now hit their loss total from all of the 2016 Pac-12 season.
All-American Kathryn Plummer led Stanford with 20 kills for the match to go with her 10 digs, five blocks and two aces, but was held to a .190 clip. Tami Alade provided plenty from an efficiency standpoint with 14 kills while hitting .632 with six blocks while setter Jenna Gray posted an all-around effort of 51 assists, 15 digs, five kills (.714) and three blocks.
In the losing effort for Washington, Carly DeHoog notched 15 kills (.257) and seven blocks with Marion Hazelwood totaling nine kills on a .818 hitting percentage to go with seven blocks out of the middle. Although they lost the match, it was a valiant effort to upend the #2 team in the country as the best news on the day for Washington came from the return of Bailey Tanner, who had missed several matches with injury. Tanner logged 25 assists, nine digs and three aces.
The first two sets were won with a strong distance after hot starts by both teams, as Stanford took the first by nine before Washington evened things by winning by seven. In a crucial third set, things went back-and-forth before Stanford moved in front 13-12. That was a key point for the Huskies, who notched seven consecutive points before taking the 2-1 set lead with a 25-21 game.
The Huskies garnered an 8-7 advantage to start the fourth set too as they tried to close things out in four for the huge victory. However, the Cardinal had other plans and turned things around with five unanswered points to start a 12-3 run en route to a 25-20 set victory.
Washington again held a slight edge early in the fifth set at 4-3, but one more time it was Stanford with a flurry of points as they would go in front 8-5 at the switch. The Huskies responded and came within a point at 11-10, but the final nail in the coffin was delivered with Stanford netting the final four points.
In total for the match, Stanford out-hit Washington .262 to .225., had more assists (60-53), kills (67-56) and digs (64-58). The Huskies though won the ace (6-3) and block (16-14.5) battle while the Cardinal scored 104 total points to 96 from Washington in the five sets.
Moving on, Stanford gets the second Washington school as Washington State comes to town. Washington stays in northern California and travels to Berkeley to face Cal.
Courtesy of Stanford:
STANFORD, Calif. – Kathryn Plummer recorded 20 kills as No. 2 Stanford came from behind to defeat No. 14 Washington in five sets, Thursday, at Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal (16-2) has won 11-in-a-row and remains in first place in the Pac-12 standings at 9-0. Washington (15-5) drops to 5-4 in the conference after taking a 2-1 lead over Stanford.
Plummer finished with her team-best seventh double-double of the season, notching 10 digs to go with the 20 kills. The sophomore also had five blocks and two aces in the win.
Stanford dominated the first set, totaling 18 kills on a .577 attack percentage. The Huskies answered in the second, jumping out to a 6-0 lead which they would not relinquish.
Sophomore setter Jenna Gray also registered a double-double for the Cardinal, her second of the year. The Shawnee, Kansas native controlled the offense with 51 assists and 10 digs. She also had five kills on seven errorless attempts and three blocks.
Washington had control of the match after a 25-21 win in the third set. The teams traded points early on in the fourth before the Cardinal utilized a 9-1 run to pull ahead 16-9 and separate itself from the Huskies, eventually forcing the decisive fifth set.
Junior middle blocker Tami Alade, who leads the Pac-12 in hitting percentage, had 14 kills on 19 swings with just two errors for a .632 clip. Sophomore middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris added 11 kills on .409 hitting. Fitzmorris matched her season-high with eight blocks, while Alade chipped in with six.
The Cardinal pulled ahead 7-4 in the fifth set on Alade’s 13th kill. The Huskies cut the Stanford lead to 11-10, but the Cardinal reeled off four straight points, including back-to-back kills by Gray to seal the victory.
Redshirt senior opposite Merete Lutz had 13 kills and four blocks in the win, while sophomore libero Morgan Hentz anchored the defense with a match-best 19 digs.
Freshmen Meghan McClure and Kate Formico combined for 18 digs, while freshman Sidney Wilson appeared in two sets as a serving sub, and tallied the first two digs of her career.
Senior Carly DeHoog led Washington with 15 kills and seven blocks. Reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year Courtney Schwan posted 10 kills and 10 digs, while senior Marion Hazelwood hit .818 (9-0-11) and totaled seven blocks for the Huskies.
Stanford closes out its homestand on Saturday against Washington State. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be streamed for free on pac-12.com.
Courtesy of Washington:
PALO ALTO, Calif. – In another classic between Washington and Stanford volleyball, the 14th-ranked Huskies had the second-ranked Cardinal on the ropes up two sets to one, but Stanford rallied to win in five, the fourth five-setter for the Huskies in their past five matches. Washington (15-5, 5-4 Pac-12) was fighting for its first win at Maples Pavilion since 2007, but the Cardinal (16-2, 9-0 Pac-12) stayed perfect in conference play with the 25-16, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10 win in front of 1,677 fans.
Washington has now gone the distance in five of its nine conference matches thus far, but fell to 2-3 in such matches. The match had several big momentum swings, as the Cardinal dominated set one but then UW turned around and equally dominated the second set, and used a huge run in set three to take that one and the lead. But Stanford raced out to a big edge early in the fourth set and held on to force a fifth. Down three points in the fifth, UW pulled back within 10-11, but the Cardinal won the final four points to end it.
Head Coach Keegan Cook saw a lot to like, but was frustrated by the Husky errors in the final set. “We had a chance to win in a venue we hadn’t won in in a long time, so I’m sure in a day when I review the film I’ll see a lot of good things we were doing on both sides of the ball,” said Cook.
“But that fifth set, it’s our third fifth-set loss, you have to make good, sound, fundamental plays in the fifth set of a match to give yourself a chance and I want us to be great at that. In set five we had four overpasses, one setting error, one hitting error, and a tough low swing into a great blocking team, so I’m thinking about those plays and how we can help some of these seniors make one more play so they can make some memories.”
Senior Carly DeHoog led the Husky effort with 15 kills and seven blocks, and senior Marion Hazelwood was huge as well with nine kills and no errors on 11 swings for a .818 attack percentage and seven blocks herself.
UW welcomed back senior All-American setter Bailey Tanner, and she had 25 assists and nine digs plus three aces. Fellow senior setter Jade Finau had a double-double with 22 assists and 10 digs. Senior Courtney Schwan had 10 kills and just one error to hit .237 and added 10 digs and two blocks, and Tia Scambray and Crissy Jones both had eight kills apiece.
Washington hit .225 compared to a .262 mark for the Cardinal. Washington led in aces (6-3) and blocks (16.0 to 14.5) but Stanford had more kills (67-56) and digs (64-58).
The Dawgs now have two days off in the Bay Area before finishing the first half of Pac-12 play at California on Sunday at 1 p.m.
DeHoog rolled a Shayne McPherson bump set to the back line for a kill on the first point of the match. A right side finish from DeHoog made it 3-2 in the early going. Stanford moved on top with a 5-1 run until Jones landed her first kill from the right for 5-7 Cardinal. A Tanner serve forced an overpass and DeHoog had her third kill to pull within one at 7-8. But after pulling within one, Stanford had a three-point run for 7-11 and the Huskies called time. Things didn’t get sorted and UW had to take its second timeout after another 0-3 run put the Huskies in a seven point hole. Lauren Sanders had her first kill and then Schwan and Marion Hazelwood teamed up for UW’s first block for 10-17. Hazelwood had a couple kills, and Schwan had a perfect pass to let Sanders finish in the middle as UW tried to claw back into it. Tanner dropped in an ace to make it 15-20. But the push ended right there, as Stanford came right back with four points in a row to reach set point at 15-24. Sanders had her third kill of the set to save one but the Cardinal won a joust on the next point to take it, 25-17. Stanford hit a scorching .577 in the set and UW hit just .125.
Scambray killed a Stanford overpass on the first point of set two and then the Husky block got rolling with two consecutive blocks, one from DeHoog-Sanders and the next solo by Scambray. Tanner then put another ace skimming over the net and a DeHoog rip in transition made it 5-0 Dawgs and the Cardinal needed timeout. One more Stanford error made it 6-0 before Tanner finally missed serve to end the opening run. Hazelwood and DeHoog sent back another Cardinal blast to make 10-2 Dawgs. Schwan put down two in a row from the left side to keep UW building at 12-3. The Cardinal closed the gap with a 3-0 run to make it 13-7 and UW used its first timeout. Finau found Hazelwood for a quick kill out of the break to stop that run. Tanner’s serve scored again as Stanford passed too tight and DeHoog tapped it down for 16-9. Tanner then rifled a back set from long distance to DeHoog who smashed to the floor for 17-9 and Stanford’s last timeout. The Cardinal came out with two in a row but DeHoog put one down from the left for 18-11. An incredible point with some diving digs and near blocks was finally ended by DeHoog on the right for 19-12. Hazelwood put one away out of the middle and then Scambray had a stuff on the left to get UW to set point at 24-16. Stanford saved a couple but on UW’s third chance, Finau set back to Jones who found open space for the kill to end it, 25-18. UW fully turned the tables from set one, hitting .355 and holding the Cardinal to .118. DeHoog hammered five kills on six swings in the set.
DeHoog and Sanders had early kills in the third set as the teams traded blows to start. Destiny Julye served an ace for 3-2. Another ace, this time from Jade Finau, made it 5-3 Dawgs. Up 6-3, UW gave some points back to the Cardinal with some unforced errors and before UW knew it it was a 0-6 slide and UW needed timeout down 6-9. Hazelwood put one away after a perfect pass from Scambray out of the timeout, and then the Husky block party got going again with two in a row to tie it up at 9-9. A McPherson serve was freeballed and Jones terminated it for 11-11. DeHoog caught Stanford trying to tip and she stuffed it down to give UW its first lead since 6-5, at 14-13. DeHoog then tooled the block in transition for 15-13 and Stanford called time. Out of the break, DeHoog unloaded in transition and Schwan followed that up with a kill to keep the run going. A huge stuff from Sanders and DeHoog was followed by yet another DeHoog transition kill and it was 19-13 forcing Stanford’s last timeout with UW still riding Scambray’s serve. UW challenged for a touch call but didn’t get it as Stanford closed within 19-15, but Schwan put away a crosscourt kill in serve-receive for the 20th point. Schwan hammered two more to get the Huskies back up by six at 22-16, but the Cardinal then fought back with a 3-0 run to cut it back down to three, and UW took its last timeout. Stanford missed serve into the net, and then Schwan hit out of the back row and the Cardinal couldn’t control it as UW reached set point at 24-20. The Cardinal saved one, but Jones tipped over the block to end it, 25-21. Washington was efficient again, hitting .333, compared to .167 for Stanford, with Schwan putting away five in the set and four more from DeHoog.
Hazelwood had a stuff in the middle to even the fourth set at 3-3. Jones pushed one up the right sideline for a kill and then Scambray found a razor sharp angle for a kill for 6-7 Cardinal. A one-on-one stuff in the middle from Sanders gave the Huskies the lead at 8-7, but Stanford quickly answered right back with a 4-0 run to make it 8-11 and the Huskies had to call timeout. Stanford continued to control things from the service line and at the net as UW struggled to pass and the Cardinal rejected a couple Husky swings and it was 9-16 Dawgs needing their last timeout. Out of the back row, Schwan caught Stanford off guard with a roll shot to end the drought. UW kept fighting, as Jones and Hazelwood teamed for a block to make it 14-20 Cardinal. Finau hustled to set Scambray who got the block touch kill for 16-22, and then Tanner inched UW one point closer with a service ace. A short serve ace from Scambray made it 19-23 and the Cardinal took time. Stanford got a kill after a brief rally to bring the Cardinal to set point at 19-24. DeHoog saved the first with a bang off the block, but the Cardinal put it away with a serve-receive finish on the next rally for 20-25. Stanford outhit the Huskies, .275 to .143 in the fourth.
Schwan found open space crosscourt for UW’s first point, and then DeHoog and Hazelwood got a rejection for 2-1. Hazelwood rifled one off a Cardinal defender for a 4-3 Husky lead. But the Huskies then helped Stanford out by overpassing twice for Cardinal kills, and hitting out of bounds to fall behind 4-7 and need timeout. Hazelwood broke the Cardinal run with another big swing from Finau. The teams went back and forth, with Scambray getting one to drop for 7-9, but the Cardinal answering in serve-receive. Sanders and DeHoog had a huge block to end a marathon rally for 8-10 Stanford. Another huge block by the same pair ended another long rally as the Huskies kept pushing within two. Tanner then had a dig and Scambray set DeHoog for a sharp kill as the Dawgs got to 10-11 and forced a Cardinal timeout. UW had another swing on the next point, but the Cardinal blocked it, and then UW overpassed for an easy Stanford kill for 10-13 and the Huskies needed their final timeout. The Cardinal setter poked a tight dig over on second contact for a kill and it was match point at 10-14. On the next point, UW overpassed one more time and it was fatal, as Tanner tried to save it but was called for a back row attack and Stanford finished on a 4-0 run to end it, 10-15. Hazelwood had three kills on three swings in the final set but UW hit just .150 with Stanford hitting .233.