Cardinal women keep pace with Pac-12 volleyball leaders


Merete Lutz recorded 14 kills, Brittany Howard added 13 kills and 11 digs and No. 7 Stanford topped host Oregon, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18, in a Pac-12 Conference women's volleyball match Thursday.

Hayley Hodson had 12 kills and 12 digs for the Cardinal, which won its fifth straight and eight of nine overall.

Stanford (16-5 overall, 10-3 Pac-12), which plays at Oregon State on Sunday at 11 a.m. (Pac-12 Networks), kept pace with UCLA for third-place in the conference, a game behind Washington and two games behind Pac-12 leader USC.

The Bruins swept Colorado on Wednesday night, while the Cardinal and Ducks played the lone conference match Thursday.

Oregon took a 17-11 first-set advantage into a Stanford timeout. A pair of kills from Ivana Vanjak sandwiched around a Hodson kill forced a Ducks timeout.

Madi Bugg's first service ace cut the lead to 17-15 before Oregon rebuilt its edge to 19-15. Hodson got the Cardinal on track with a kill and three consecutive Duck attack errors knotted the set at 19.

The set was tied at 23 before a Howard kill gave Stanford set point ahead of another Oregon error gave the Cardinal the set.

The second set was tied at 12 when Stanford began pulling away on the strength of three kills each by Hodson and Lutz.

The Ducks again held an early lead in the third set before the Cardinal put together a 13-7 run to end it. Bugg's second service ace put the finishing touches on the victory.

Oregon committed 19 attack errors to Stanford's 8 and the Cardinal hit at a .361 pace, led by Howard's .565 hitting percentage.

Lutz hit .480, Halland McKenna added 13 digs and Bugg recorded 37 assists on the night. Hodson also had two aces.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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