Stanford women do balancing act to volleyball perfection

Tami Alade (left) and Merete Lutz are happy about getting a point. Photo by Erin Chang/

Kathryn Plummer netted 10 kills and was one of five players to accumulate between eight and 11 points Saturday night and the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team downed visiting Washington State, 25-22, 25-18, 25-14, in a Pac-12 Conference match.

The Cardinal (17-2, 10-0) completed the first half of the conference season with at least a one-game lead over second-place Utah, which hosts third-place USC on Sunday.

Kathryn Plummer
Stanford, which has won 12 straight, offered a balanced offense, hitting .299 as a team. Washington State was limited to a .137 attack percentage, committing 20 hitting errors.

Plummer led the team with 10 kills and five digs, while redshirt senior Merete Lutz added nine kills and three blocks. Freshman outside hitter Meghan McClure chipped in with eight kills and five digs.

Sophomore libero Morgan Hentz tallied a match-high 17 digs to go with two aces. Sophomore setter Jenna Gray posted 35 assists, four digs, two aces, two kills and two blocks.

Washington State hung with the Cardinal in the first set, leading 20-18 down the stretch. Stanford went on a 7-2 run, including a kill and a block by Lutz, to complete the come-from-behind win in the set.

Junior middle blocker Tami Alade hit .462 (7-1-13) and had four blocks, while sophomore Audriana Fitzmorris turned in a .455 attack percentage (6-1-11) and also recorded four blocks.

The Cardinal improved to 59-4 all-time against the Cougars.

Stanford hits the road next week to begin the second half of conference play at Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Sunday. Both matches will be televised on Pac-12 Network.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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