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Stanford women remain healthy in Pac-12 volleyball

 

For now, the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball is immune to the rash of upsets that has afflicted the Pac-12 Conference, though it has caught a chill every now and then.

The Cardinal beat host Arizona State, 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 25-13, on Friday night to remain unbeaten in conference play as Kathryn Plummer recorded 23 kills and Audriana Fitzmorris and Merete Lutz each added 11.


Audriana Fitzmorris
The Sun Devils (10-13, 0-11), who are in last place in name only, showed if given an inch, they'll take a mile.

Stanford (18-2, 11-0) has been extended to at least four sets in four of its last five matches after going extra once in its previous eight matches.

Stanford could lose its immunity as early as Sunday, when it plays at Arizona in a 1 p.m. first serve to be aired on the Pac-12 Networks. The Wildcats own home wins over USC and California and has been swept just three times.

Arizona State is inches away from erasing the '0' from its win column. The Sun Devils took Washington to five sets and took sets from UCLA, USC, Utah and Oregon State.

Thanks to Oregon State's upset over Utah and Washington sneaking past USC in five sets Friday night, Stanford has a four-game lead in the loss column over the Utes, Huskies and Trojans.

There are seven teams just behind the Cardinal that are within 1 1/2 games of each other, typical of Pac-12 competition.

Plummer hit .419 for the match and also tallied had seven digs. Audriana Fitzmorris and Merete Lutz each added 11 kills.

The Sun Devils were tied with Stanford at 18 before Plummer recorded a pair of kills and an ace to spark a 7-4 run.

Sophomore setter Jenna Gray dished out 56 assists as Stanford hit .410 as a team for the match. Sophomore libero Morgan Hentz finished with 16 digs, while freshman Meghan McClure matched her career-high with 14 digs.

Gray opened the second set on a 4-0 run from the service line as Stanford led the entire set. The Cardinal hit .500, while holding the Sun Devils to a .200 clip.

Junior Tami Alade, who leads the Pac-12 in hitting percentage, hit .538 with seven kills and two blocks. Freshman serving specialist Sidney Wilson put down a career-high four aces for the Cardinal.

Arizona State came out hot to start the third set, leading 9-2. The Cardinal slowly crawled its way back into the set, capitalizing on Sun Devil errors to tie it 12-12. ASU then went on a 10-2 run to hold a 22-14 lead and held off a late surge by the Cardinal.

Stanford finished off the Devils in the fourth, hitting .545 while ASU managed just seven kills.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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