She credits hanging out with Karissa Cook, who spent the past four years playing the position at Stanford while dealing with constant adversity.
Cardinal coach John Dunning said there's also something in knowing that a freshman waits with the willingness and the talent to move in at any time.
"I learned a lot from Karissa," Bugg said after the seventh-ranked Cardinal beat host UCLA, 25-17, 25-15, 25-16, Wednesday. "In the spring I worked so hard on technique that I thought I had carpal tunnel syndrome in my wrist."
Bugg helped Stanford (3-0, 10-2) remain undefeated in Pac-12 play heading into a crucial televised (Pac-12 Network) showdown with host USC, ranked second in the nation, on Friday at 8 p.m. She recorded 42 assists and 10 digs, her third double-double of the season, for the match.
"We talk about being limitless," Bugg said. "We don't want to set a goal and have that be a limit. We don't know how good we can be. We want to keep getting better every day."
The Trojans have been one of Stanford's toughest opponents over the years. They've split the past two seasons, each winning at home. USC ended the Cardinal's run in the NCAA tournament in 2010 and has beaten Stanford 13 times since 2000.
Both are also looking for their first NCAA title since 2004 (Stanford) and 2003 (USC), when they were dominating the national volleyball scene. Stanford also won in 2001 and USC also won in 2002, beating Stanford in the championship match.
Stanford senior Carly Wopat recorded 13 kills, six blocks and a .667 hitting percentage against the Bruins, who won the national title in 2011.
Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess finished with 12 kills and nine digs, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku hit .500 (9-0-18) with three blocks.
Senior Rachel Williams had seven kills, including the 1000th of her career, and 11 digs. Sophomore Brittany Howard also reached a milestone, posting her 400th career kill in the match.
Stanford lacrosse coach Amy Bokker will return to the U.S. National Team, as its begins its quest for the 2017 World Cup in Surrey, England, U.S. Lacrosse announced Wednesday.
Bokker, heading into her sixth season at Stanford, was an assistant coach during the Americans' run to the 2013 title in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The U.S. went 7-0 on the way to winning its second consecutive and seventh overall world championship.
She rejoins assistants Liz Robertshaw of Boston University and Jess Wilk Strosberg of the University of Virginia, and Wendy Stone of Niagara University, who returns for a third stint as team manager.
With the U.S., Bokker led a suffocating defense that allowed just 4.9 goals per game in the 2013 World Cup tournament.
No. 6 Stanford shifts its focus to conference play this weekend as it takes on two NorPac opponents.
The Cardinal (7-2, 1-0 NorPac) opens its weekend at home Friday at 6 p.m. against Pacific (3-7, 1-1 NorPac) at the Varsity Turf, and will travel to UC Davis (2-7, 0-0 NorPac) on Sunday for a matchup at 6 p.m.
Stanford went 1-1 last weekend in New York, falling to No. 5 Syracuse 3-1 and defeating No. 11 Albany 2-1. The Cardinal found itself in a bit of unusual territory as it was outshot and managed fewer than 10 shots in each game.
Goalkeeper Dulcie Davies had an outstanding weekend, making six saves against Syracuse and a career-best 16 stops against Albany to help Stanford earn the split. She was named the NorPac Defensive Player of the Week for her strong performance.
Every time the Cardinal steps onto its home field, it's a big deal. That's because the team has a 72-match unbeaten streak at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Nationally No. 2- ranked Stanford (1-0, 8-0-1) will be looking to extend that streak and its conference win streak of 43 straight matches when it plays host to Arizona (0-1, 5-2-3) on Friday (4 p.m.) and Arizona State (1-0, 6-3) on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Both matches will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.
Stanford had a pair of players honored this week. Cardinal freshman Maddie Bauer earned a spot on Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week after standing out defensively in a 2-0 win over host Colorado to open the Pac-12 season. She also assisted on the game-winning goal.
Meanwhile, Cardinal freshman keeper Jane Campbell was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for her performance in the Cardinal's win at Colorado. She earned her second shutout and improved to 6-0-0 since taking over for senior All-America Emily Oliver, who retired for medical reasons.
Hall of Fame
Eight new members of the Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted on Friday, adding to a long and distinguished list of individuals honored at the school known as the Home of Champions.
The inductees will be Lauren Fleshman '03 (women's track & field), Jeffrey Hammonds '92 (baseball), Keith Jones '84 (men's basketball), Glyn Milburn '92 (football), Anthony Mosse '88 (men's swimming), Olympia Scott '98 (women's basketball), Logan Tom '03 (women's volleyball) and Brenda Villa '03 (women's water polo).
All of the inductees will be honored at a private reception and dinner at the Bing Concert Hall on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. The class will also be introduced at halftime of Stanford's football game against Washington on Saturday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.