Stanford women tame Cougars in conference volleyball


Brittany Howard had 12 kills, Merete Lutz added 10 and No. 11 Stanford swept visiting Washington State, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19, in a Pac-12 Conference volleyball match Friday night.

The Cardinal (13-5, 7-3 Pac-12) remain at home for a pair of conference matches next week. Stanford hosts Arizona State on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in a match to be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The Sun Devils beat Stanford for the first time in 15 years in their last meeting.

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The Cougars are still looking for their first win over the Cardinal since 2002. Stanford has not dropped a set to Washington State in the past five matches, a span of three years.

"Washington State's a pretty big, physical team, and they have a big block, and I think we dealt with that really well," Stanford coach John Dunning said. "We had some people come into the game; Tami [Alade came in, (her) first role that big for a while, Sidney [Brown came in, and I think they both did a really good job."

The Cardinal finished the first set with consecutive kills from senior Jordan Burgess and Lutz as Stanford hit .312 to the Cougars' .154.

Burgess recorded six of her nine kills to spur Stanford to its second-set victory. The Cougars trimmed the advantage to 15-14, though Stanford responded with three quick points. Washington State never got any closer.

Stanford was very efficient in the second set, recording 18 kills, including four each from Lutz and Howard, on 31 total attempts and four errors for a hitting percentage of .452.

In the third set, Howard helped the Cardinal break a tie at 11 with four kills in a stretch that gave Stanford a 16-13 edge.

"Our left sides, both Brittany and Jordan, I thought tonight took some really good approaches," Dunning said. "The last two days we really worked on Madi setting the set they hit the most. I thought Madi set it really well, and [Howard and Burgess did a really good job of being aggressive and attacking."

The Cardinal spread its 100 total attacks fairly evenly. Four players had at least 19 attempts. Bugg tallied 36 assists and freshman libero Halland McKenna led the way with 12 of the team's 42 digs.

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Goals by five players and a balanced team effort propelled No. 13 Stanford to a 5-1 victory against UC Davis Friday evening at the Varsity Turf on Friday night.

The Cardinal (11-5, 3-2 America East) outshot the Aggies, 12-6, while holding a 3-1 advantage in penalty corners.

Clemence Couteau led Stanford with a goal and an assist and Maddie Secco recorded her team-leading ninth assist and 21st point.

Katie Keyser got things started in the 17th minute with her second goal of the season. Couteau set up Casey Deeds' third of the season in the 33rd minute. She joined the action a minute later, scoring on a loose ball in the Aggies' circle for Stanford's third strike.

In the 57th minute, Lauren Becker converted a penalty stroke for her fourth goal of the season. Kristina Bassi made it 5-0 in the 63rd minute, deflecting a Secco's shot past UC Davis goalkeeper Erica Cohen.

The Aggies were able to score a consolation goal in the 69th minute to make it 5-1.

Dulcie Davies was only required to make one save and was replaced in the 61st minute by Maddy Belin, who also finished the night with one save.

The Cardinal returns to action Friday, hosting Pacific at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Turf. Stanford's six seniors will be honored prior to faceoff on Senior Day.

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