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Cardinal corner: Volleyball rallies from first set loss

Meghan McClure set season-highs with 13 kills and 17 digs in Stanford's four-set victory over host Washington State on Saturday night. Photo by Al Chang/

Meghan McClure recorded season-bests of 13 kills and 17 digs, complementing 22 kills and 13 digs from Kathryn Plummer and the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball beat host Washington State, 19-25, 32-30, 25-16, 25-21, Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference match.

The Cardinal (22-3, 15-1) has a chance to clinch the outright conference title at home against No. 17 USC on Wednesday night. Stanford is three games up on the Trojans with four matches remaining.

Audriana Fitzmorris
"The sets were incredible," McClure told Pac-12 Networks. "We were in rhythm tonight. Jen (Gray) and I have been working on high swings lately and it just really culminated today."

Stanford came out flat to start and the Cougars pounced, taking a 15-5 lead. WSU weathered a Stanford 6-0 to take a 25-19 win as the Cardinal hit just .119 in the set.

"Coach said, 'guys we knew this could happen,'" McClure said. "He said we knew they play well at home and we had to respond."

Sophomore Audriana Fitzmorris led all players with a .423 attack percentage, registering 13 kills and had a match-high seven blocks. Junior middle blocker Tami Alade chipped in with eight kills and four blocks.

Sophomore setter Jenna Gray recorded 53 assists and was one dig shy of a double-double with nine digs. Sophomore libero Morgan Hentz had a season-high 23 digs to go with five assists, while freshman defensive specialist Kate Formico had 10 digs.

Stanford’s block came alive in the third as the Cardinal took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-16 decision. Stanford denied the Cougar attack on five occasions, including three by Fitzmorris. The Cardinal hit .206 in the set and held Washington State to a .054 clip.

Freshman Sidney Wilson came off the bench to serve and put down two aces.

Men's water polo

Stanford (18-3) honored its seniors in a pregame ceremony and the Cardinal’s seven member class put on a show Saturday in leading Stanford to its 11th consecutive victory, an 18-3 win over Santa Clara.

Senior goalie Drew Holland posted four saves in one quarter of action to establish a prestigious club of which he is the lone member.

Holland become the first Cardinal to top the 900-save mark for his career. Holland, who has 902 career saves, established the school saves record earlier this season.

Senior Sam Pfeil got it started with a goal in the first minute of the game. Stanford surged out to a 5-0 lead, which also included goals from seniors Reid Chase and Jackson Kimbell. Kimbell got the ball around two meters out and spun around his defender to put home his first score of the match.

Holding a 5-1 advantage after one quarter, Stanford continued to stretch its lead. The Cardinal scored five more goals in the second quarter. After a Tyler Abramson score, junior Blake Parrish corralled a free ball in front of the cage and punched it home.

Continuing the senior theme from the first quarter, Justin Roberto followed a Kimbell score with a pair of goals of his own to give the Cardinal a 10-1 halftime lead.

Stanford added five more goals in the third quarter, with senior Connor Stapleton getting his first goal of the match and Pfeil and Chase posting their second scores of the contest.

Holland handed the goalie duties over to sophomore Andrew Chun in the second quarter. Chun posted nine stops in goal over the final three quarters.


Fifth-year senior Nathan Butler recorded a fall in 32 seconds to give Stanford a 18-16 Pac-12 win over CSU Bakersfield on Saturday at Burnham Pavilion.

The Cardinal (2-1, 1-0) also defeated Cal Baptist (2-1), 20-15, prior to wrestling the Roadrunners (2-2).

After redshirt freshman Nathan Traxler came up short of an upset bid over No. 11 Matt Williams at 197 pounds, Stanford found itself down 16-12 with just the heavyweight battle left.

Butler, who is ranked 12th nationally, wasted no time securing the fall against Jarrod Snyder to improve to 6-1 on the year. Butler has 85 career wins, the most of any current Cardinal wrestler.

Redshirt senior Connor Schram (125 pounds) and sophomore Gabriel Townsell (133 pounds) put the Cardinal up 6-0 early. Both wrestlers went 2-0 on the day for the Cardinal.

A tough 7-5 decision for redshirt freshman Requir van der Merwe over Kalani Tonge at 149 pounds gave Stanford a 9-4 advantage. CSU Bakersfield then posted back-to-back wins at 157 and 165 to take the lead.

Redshirt senior Keaton Subjeck put the Cardinal back on top momentarily with a hard-fought 8-5 decision over Bryan Battisto at 174 pounds.

Knotted at 5-5 in the third, Subjeck scored a reversal and finished with 2:47 of riding time for the win. Ranked 16th in the nation, Subjeck moves to 7-0 on the season after gutting out a 10-9 tiebreaker decision against Nolan Kistler of Cal Baptist.

Against Cal Baptist, sophomore Brandon Kier earned a 3-2 decision over Peter Cunningham at 141 pounds to give Stanford an 11-0 advantage.

Walker Dempsey recorded a 9-6 decision against Slater Johnson at 157 pounds, while redshirt sophomore David Showunmi registered his first collegiate dual win with a 3-1 decision over Harlan Kistler at 197 pounds.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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