Sophomore Kathryn Plummer recorded a career-high 27 kills but the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team dropped a 24-26, 17-25, 25-18, 19-25 decision to No. 5 Penn State, Friday, at Reed Arena.
Penn State (4-0) out hit Stanford (3-1) .257 to .214, held a 12-7 advantage in blocks and a 4-3 edge in aces.
Sophomore outside hitter Michaela Keefe recorded a career-high 15 kills on .273 hitting. Sophomore middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris finished with six kills, four digs and matched her career-best with two aces. Junior Tami Alade had a team-best six blocks.
Sophomore setter Jenna Gray finished with a season-high 54 assists to go with four kills, six digs and two blocks. Sophomore libero Morgan Hentz had a match-high 21 digs, marking the 14th 20-plus dig performance of her career. Freshman defensive specialist Kate Formico collected a career-high 16 digs.
It was the first loss for the Cardinal since a five-set setback to UCLA on Nov. 12, 2016. Stanford will get another look at Penn State as the two teams play again on Sept. 9.
Stanford will face host Texas A&M on Sunday at 9 a.m.