Cardinal corner: Volleyball wins Pac-12 match at USC


Merete Lutz recorded 15 kills on .609 hitting and the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team downed No. 19 USC, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 26-24, Sunday at the Galen Center in a Pac-12 Conference match.

Kathryn Plummer added 13 kills for Stanford (15-2, 8-0), which won its 10th straight to remain atop the Pac-12 Conference. The Cardinal improved to 62-24 against the Trojans.

Merete Lutz
Lutz also matched her season-high with five blocks. Sophomore Kathryn Plummer added 13 kills, while sophomore Audriana Fitzmorris had 11 kills and tied her season-high with eight blocks.

The Cardinal hit .318 as a team, totaled 11.5 blocks and eight service aces. The Trojans posted a .234 attack percentage and had eight blocks and three aces.

Sophomore setter Jenna Gray recorded 45 assists and was 5-0-8 (.625) offensively. Sophomore libero Morgan Hentz collected 14 digs and put down two aces, while freshman defensive specialist Kate Formico finished with six digs and two aces.

Stanford was cruising in the fourth, up 18-13, before USC ripped off eight straight points to take the lead. The Cardinal fought from behind and tied it 24-24 on Plummer's 13th kill. After a Trojan error gave the Cardinal match-point, freshman Meghan McClure served an ace of the match to clinch the win.

Junior Tami Alade had nine kills on .538 hitting and two blocks, while McClure added seven kills, 11 digs and matched her career-high with three aces.

Stanford hosts No. 14 Washington on Thursday, which will be televised on ESPNU at 8 p.m.

Field hockey

Frances Carstens and Corinne Zanolli each scored for No. 14 Stanford, but it wasn't enough as rival Cal took a 4-2 America East Conference victory on Sunday at Underhill Field on Berkeley.

The Bears (8-6, 3-1 AE) struck first in the 10th minute of play with a long transition up field that Melina Moore crushed just inside the circle to the back right corner of the cage.

The Cardinal (8-6, 2-1 AE) was able to amass three corners but Cal had a response each time.

A defensive tackle by Millie Stefanowicz set up Kristina Bassi for a cross through the circle that Zanolli was able to corral before crushing a shot into the top shelf of the net.

Stanford's Sarah Johnson and Katie Keyser set up Carstens on her second career goal on a wicked shot to the top tier of the cage.

The Cardinal remains travels to Pacific on Friday for a 3 p.m. conference contest.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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