- No. 17 Stanford (14-6, 8-4 Pac-12) rolls through No. 18 Washington State (17-6, 7-4 Pac-12) in straight sets (25-18, 25-21, 25-21)
Stanford rolled through Washington State for their third straight sweep. The Cardinals out hit Washington State .301-.148.
Kathryn Plummer led the way for Stanford with 17 kills, while Inky Ajanaku put down 10 kills on a .529 hitting percentage and three blocks. Libero Morgan Hentz picked up 16 kills, recording double-digit digs in all 20 matches this season.
For the Cougars, Kyra Holt put down 11 kills and 10 digs, for her 45th double-double of her career. McKenna Woodford followed behind with six kills and two blocks.
Courtesy of Stanford Athletics
STANFORD, Calif. – Behind double-digit kills from freshman Kathryn Plummer and redshirt senior Inky Ajanaku, the No. 17 Stanford women’s volleyball team swept No. 18 Washington State, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21, Friday in Maples Pavilion.
It marks the first time this season the Cardinal (14-6, 8-4 Pac-12) has won two home matches in the same week. Stanford has now swept its last three home opponents, including Arizona State (Oct. 15) and seventh-ranked Washington (Oct. 26).
Stanford held Washington State (17-6, 7-4 Pac-12) to a .148 attack percentage, while hitting .301 as a team. The Cardinal held a 9.0 to 7.0 edge in blocks and a 46-42 advantage in digs.
Plummer led all players with 17 kills, one shy of her career-high, and notched seven digs, a solo block and an ace. Ajanaku hit .529 and finished with 10 kills and three blocks. Redshirt junior opposite Merete Lutz recorded nine kills on .368 hitting, while freshman middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris tallied seven kills, four blocks and three digs.
Freshman setter Jenna Gray racked-up 36 assists, seven digs and a career-high five blocks. Freshman libero Morgan Hentz collected 16 digs and five assists. She has registered double-digit digs in all 20 matches this season. Kelsey Humphreys and Halland McKenna combined for 11 digs, while Ivana Vanjak had four kills.
Washington State was led by senior outside hitter Kyra Holt‘s 11 kills and 10 digs. McKenna Woodford added six kills and two blocks, while Hailey Bethune totaled five kills on .300 hitting and two blocks.
The Cardinal hits the road next week, traveling to Colorado on Friday, Nov. 4 at No. 21 Utah on Saturday, Nov. 5. Friday’s match will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
Courtesy of Washington State Athletics
STANFORD, Calif. — The No. 18 Washington State volleyball team (17-6 overall, 7-4 Pac-12) lost at No. 17 Stanford (14-6, 8-4) Friday night with set scores of 25-18, 25-21, and 25-21.
Senior Kyra Holt led the Cougars with 11 kills, 10 digs and two blocks, her 45th double-double in her illustrious career. McKenna Woodford had six kills and two blocks while Hailey Bethune added five kills and two blocks and Casey Schoenlein had five kills and one block. Taylor Mims and Claire Martin each had four kills and Mims led the team with four blocks and Martin added three blocks. Nicole Rigoni had 20 assists and nine digs. Mims served the lone WSU ace of the night.
Stanford’s leaders were Kathryn Plummer with 17 kills and seven blocks, Inky Ajanaku with 10 kills and three blocks, Jenna Gray with 36 assists and five blocks and Audriana Fitzmorris with seven kills and four blocks. Plummer and Gray each had one ace.
Stanford hit .301 for the match and held WSU to a .148 team hitting percentage. The Cardinal out-hit the Cougars 49 to 35, out-dug WSU 46-42 and won the battle of the blocks, nine to seven.
“I think we did some good things but I don’t think we were as aggressive as we needed to be able to beat a team like Stanford and how well they are playing right now,” Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “I don’t think we served especially aggressive and in this conference to beat every team we have to be the aggressors. I think they set the tone and served really. We didn’t pass well at the beginning but once the match went on we made some adjustments and started passing much better but that was too little too late. I thought our right sides Casey Schoenlein and Hailey Bethune did a better job tonight but we have to be more consistent. It’s halfway through the Pac-12 season and teams are starting to adjust. We have to be ready to go from the get-go.”
WSU (17-5, 5-3) travels to Berkeley to play California (8-12, 2-8* pending 10/28 match vs. No. 7 Washington) Saturday at Haas Pavilion 7 p.m.
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