Cardinal women return home in control of Pac-12 volleyball

Jenna Gray recorded 30 assists for Stanford. Photo by Mike Rasay/

With four weeks remaining of Pac-12 Conference women's volleyball, No. 2 Stanford is in an enviable spot, leading the rest of the conference by four matches with eight to play.

The Cardinal remained unbeaten in conference play, beating host Arizona, 25-15, 25-16, 25-23, Sunday, as Kathryn Plummer and Merete Lutz combined efforts to produce more than half of Stanford's kills.

Merete Lutz
Plummer had a match-high 15 kills on .538 hitting and finished one dig shy of a double-double. Lutz added 11 kills on .391 hitting and four blocks.

Stanford (19-2, 12-0) takes a 14-match winning streak into Friday night's 7 p.m. home match against Oregon State (16-8, 6-6), which has won five of its past six matches, including wins over Washington and Utah.

The Beavers are one of eight teams with at least a .500 conference record and are within two games of second place. They are one of 10 teams with an overall winning record.

Sophomore Audriana Fitzmorris finished with six kills and four blocks, while Tami Alade had five kills and five blocks. Setter Jenna Gray posted 30 assists as the Cardinal hit .382 as a team.

The Cardinal opened the match slowly but a 7-0 run sparked by Sidney Wilson's presence at the service line gave Stanford a 19-12 advantage. Plummer closed out the set with an ace, marking the 19th time the Cardinal has won the opening set.

Stanford's block came alive in the second set, propelling the Cardinal to a 2-0 lead over the Wildcats. Fitzmorris tallied three in the set, while Gray and Alade notched two apiece.

Redshirt sophomore Courtney Bowen came off the bench in the second and registered her first block and kill of the season.

The third set remained close throughout, but late kills by Lutz and Fitzmorris helped seal the win for Stanford.

Sophomore libero Morgan Hentz collected a match-high 13 digs, while freshman defensive specialist Kate Formico turned in eight digs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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