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Stanford women claim Big Spike victory over the Golden Bears


Hayley Hodson had 18 kills, one of three players to reach double figures in that department, and the Stanford women's volleyball team downed visiting California in the Big Spike on Wednesday night.

The sixth-ranked Cardinal (21-6, 15-4 Pac-12) visits UCLA on Friday at 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) in the regular season finale. The Bruins (23-6, 14-5) upset top-ranked USC in five sets on Wednesday.

The NCAA selection show is Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU and

Merete Lutz added 13 kills and Brittany Howard had 12 to go with 13 digs as Stanford won for the 10th time in 11 matches. Madi Bugg had 49 assists and Halland McKenna had 16 digs.

Stanford fell behind in the first set, trailing by as many as three points. Cal was ahead, 18-17, when a Bears service error tied the game and a pair of kills by both Lutz and Jordan Burgess put the Cardinal ahead to stay. Hodson recorded the final two kills for the set.

The Cardinal led, 11-9, in the second set when Cal went on a 9-1 run, which included four Stanford attack or serve errors. The Bears maintained their advantage the rest of the way.

Stanford's 5-0 run early in the third set -- two kills from Bugg, one each from Howard and Hodson and McKenna's ace -- erased a deficit and gave the Cardinal the lead for good.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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