Stanford Picks Up 15th Straight Home Win In Sweep Over Utah

  0 Carly DeMarque | November 23rd, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, Pac 12

Match Results

  • Stanford def. Utah 3-0, (25-19, 25-22, 25-21)
  • Stanford improves to 25-3, 18-1 Pac-12, Utah falls to 21-9, 12-7 Pac-12
  • Stanford, California
  • Attendance: 2,719
  • Match Stats

Stanford swept Utah to win their 15th straight home match to send off senior Merete Lutz off with an unbeaten regular season record on the farm. The Cardinals are looking to claim a high seed in the NCAA Tournament, with the top-25 win helping plead their case for a potential top-four seed come Selection Sunday.

The Stanford defense held Utah to a .119 hitting percentage while the Cardinals hit for .231.

Lutz led the Cardinals with 12 kills while Kathryn Plummer posted 11. Jenna Gray ended the match with a double-double of 37 assists and 11 digs while Morgan Hentz picked up a match-best 17 digs.

For Utah, Adora Anae recorded 12 kills while Tawnee Luafalemana added another 10. Brianna Doehrmann and Kenzie Koerber picked up 13 and 11 digs, respectively.

Press Release

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics

On Senior Night for Merete Lutz, No. 4 Stanford women’s volleyball swept No. 15 Utah, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21 on Wednesday at Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal (25-3, 18-1 Pac-12) won its 15th straight home match and finished the regular season with an unblemished 11-0 record on The Farm.

In her final home match, Lutz led the Cardinal with 12 kills and four blocks. She helped hold the Utes (21-9, 12-7) to .119 hitting for the match.

Kathryn Plummer added 11 kills and seven digs, while Morgan Hentz finished a match-high 17 digs. Jenna Gray added 37 assists and 11 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.

Tami Alade, who sealed the first set with one of her five kills, also had four blocks, while Audriana Fitzmorris chipped in with nine kills and three blocks.

The Utes jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the second set, but Stanford won 12 of the next 17 points to tie the match at 15-15, and eventually took a commanding two-set lead. There were 10 tie scores and three lead changes in the third before the Cardinal closed it out on a 7-3 run. Stanford has now defeated all 11 of the other Pac-12 teams this season.

Utah was led by senior Adora Anae, who recorded 12 kills and nine digs. Fellow senior Tawnee Luafalemana hit .600 for the Utes with 10 kills and three blocks.

Stanford will conclude the regular season at Cal on Saturday at 7 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal will find out its postseason fate on Sunday as the NCAA Selection Show airs on ESPNU at 6 p.m. PT.

Press Release

Courtesy of Utah Athletics

he No. 15-ranked Utah Utes (21-9, 12-7 Pac-12) fell to the No. 4-ranked Stanford Cardinal (25-3, 18-1) in straight sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-21) Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.

Utah was held to a .119 hitting percentage on the night, which marks its lowest clip during the 2017 season. Stanford posted a .231 mark in the sweep over the Utes.

Utah opened the match scoring the first four points, but Stanford put together an 8-1 run to take an 8-5 lead. Both teams traded points midway through the frame until the Cardinal went on a 6-1 run to push the lead to 19-13. Utah wasn’t able to cut the deficit and dropped the first set 25-19.

The Utes scored the first four points to start the second set and pushed its lead following another 4-0 run to lead 10-3. Despite the lead, Stanford outscored Utah 10-3 to even the match at 13-all. Trailing the Utes 19-18, the Cardinal scored four consecutive points to force a Ute timeout trailing 22-19. Out of the timeout, a kill from Tawnee Luafalemana followed by a block cut the lead to just 22-21, but Stanford scored three of the final four points to take the set 25-22 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Utah and Stanford traded points for the majority of the third set. Tied 10-10, the Cardinal scored three straight points to lead 13-10, but the Utes would eventually tie the set 18-18 following back-to-back kills from Luafalemana and Adora Anae. At 18-all, Stanford scored three consecutive points to force Utah into its first timeout trailing 21-18. Out of the timeout, the Cardinal scored another two points to complete its 5-0 run and lead 23-18. Two Anae kills and a service ace cut the lead to just three, but Utah would drop the set 25-21 and fall in straight sets to Stanford.

Setter Bailey Choy registered 22 assists on the evening. During the match, Choy netted her 2,000th career assist to become just the eighth Utah player to eclipse the 2,000-assist mark.

Anae led the Utes offensively after posting 12 kills, while Luafalemana tallied 10 kills on a .600 hitting percentage. Anae also totaled nine digs for Utah and Luafalemana recorded three total blocks.

Two Utes hit double-digit digs on the night with Brianna Doehrmanntallying 13 digs and Kenzie Koerber recording 11 digs. Koerber also led the team with six total blocks.

Utah closes out the regular season Friday night when the Utes take on Pac-12 foe, Colorado. First serve for the Utes and Buffaloes is set for 8 p.m. MT at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo.

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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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