Cardinal women spread the wealth in 5-set volleyball win

Everybody got into the act in Stanford's five-set victory over visiting Washington on Thursday night. Photo by Bob Drebin/

Stanford sophomore setter Jenna Gray recorded two of her five kills on the match's final two points to help the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team survive a marathon Pac-12 Conference match against visiting Washington, 25-16, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10, Thursday night.

The Huskies took a 4-3 lead in the deciding set before kills from Merete Lutz, Kathryn Plummer and Tami Alade put Stanford (16-2, 9-0) ahead to stay.

Sidney Wilson
Washington pulled within 11-10 before the Cardinal won out. Freshman Sidney Wilson served the final three points and freshman Kate Formico had an assist on one of Gray's kills.

Washington led, 8-7, midway through the fourth set when Plummer sparked a five-point Cardinal rally with three kills during the stretch. Meghan McClure recorded an ace and a double block from Gray and Audriana Fitzmorris took care of the other two points.

Stanford went up, 18-10, and basically traded points with the Huskies the rest of the way to force the fifth set.

Plummer finished with 20 kills, 10 digs, five blocks and a pair of service aces as Stanford won its 11th straight to remain atop the conference standings.

There's no room for error in the highly competitive Pac-12. Arizona is the lone team with an overall losing record but try telling USC (14-5, 6-2) the Wildcats aren't any good. The Wildcats swept USC.

Washington (15-5, 5-4) was on an 11-match winning streak before dropping matches to the Trojans and second-place Utah (16-3, 7-1).

Gray added 51 assists and 10 digs. She also had five kills on seven errorless attempts and three blocks.

Alade, who leads the Pac-12 in hitting percentage, had 14 kills on 19 swings with two errors for a .632 percentage. Fitzmorris added 11 kills on .409 hitting. She matched her season-high with eight blocks. Alade had six.

Lutz had 13 kills and four blocks, Morgan Hentz anchored the defense with a match-best 19 digs, McClure and Formico combined for 18 digs, and Wilson netted the first two digs of her career.

Stanford plays Saturday against Washington State at Maples Pavilion. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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