Williams helps the Cardinal serve up a win over Huskies


Senior Rachel Williams had a big day behind the service line as well as at the net, helping the fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team knock off No. 3 Washington, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22, Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion in Pac-12 action.

The Cardinal (14-3 in the Pac-12, 21-5 overall) hosts Washington State on Friday at 6 p.m.

Stanford, all alone in second place, drew within a game of first-place Washington in the conference standings, with three matches remaining.

Williams led a balanced attack with 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .529 as the Cardinal beat its first top 10 opponent and improved to 19-0 on the season when winning the first two sets of a match.

Williams, who also had nine digs, four blocks and two aces, served the final six points of the second set, including an ace to finish the comeback.

Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku registered 10 kills on a .400 hitting percentage to go with eight blocks, including two solo. Senior Carly Wopat added nine kills and two blocks, while sophomore Brittany Howard had eight kills and 10 digs.

Sophomore setter Madi Bugg finished with 38 assists, eight digs and three kills. She is just three assists shy of 2,000 for her career.

Sophomore Jordan Burgess notched seven kills, four digs and tied her season-high with three blocks.

Junior libero Kyle Gilbert finished with a match-high 16 digs and moved into fifth place, past All-American and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh, on the Cardinal's all-time digs list (1,295).

Stanford is 26-1 overall at Maples Pavilion dating to the start of the 2012 campaign.

Palo Alto High grad Melanie Wade played in all three games for Washington and had three kills and six block assists.

— Stanford Athletics


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