The No. 7 Stanford women's volleyball team used a complete team effort to sweep Oregon State, 25-19, 25-14, 25-14, Sunday at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal improves to 14-2 overall and 6-0 in the Pac-12, while the Beavers drop to 12-6 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
Stanford was led by freshman middle blocker Inky Ajanaku's 10 kills. The rookie turned in a .562 hitting percentage and added two blocks. Sophomores Lydia Bai and Morgan Boukather and freshman Jordan Burgess each registered seven kills for the Cardinal, while junior middle blocker Carly Wopat finished with six kills and five blocks.
Senior Karissa Cook and freshman Madi Bugg split time at setter. Cook tallied 16 assists and seven digs, while Bugg totaled 24 assists, nine digs and two kills. Sophomore libero Kyle Gilbert registered 20 digs, marking her fifth 20-plus digs match this season. As a team, Stanford hit .303 and limited OSU to a .041 clip.
The Cardinal remains on The Farm this week as it plays host to No. 5 USC and No. 6 UCLA. Stanford takes on the Trojans on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the Bruins on Friday at 6 p.m. Both matches will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
Becky Dru scored a pair of goals for the second straight game, leading No. 14 Stanford to a 4-1 road victory against Pacific on Sunday afternoon in Stockton.
Courtney Haldeman and Maddie Secco also added goals for Stanford (9-4, 3-0 NorPac), which completed a clean sweep through the first round of conference play after also defeating California and UC Davis.
The Cardinal picked up its third straight victory and eighth in its past nine games overall. Pacific dropped to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in NorPac competition.
Stanford easily controlled tempo throughout the game, out-shooting Pacific 22-6 while owning a 12-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Sunday's result wasn't much of a surprise, as the Cardinal now has won 12 in a row in the series since the Tigers' last victory back on Sept. 30, 2006.
Goals by Mariah Nogueira and Alina Garciamendez within 37 seconds of each other late in the second half enabled No. 2 Stanford to rally to a 2-1 women's soccer victory over host Colorado on Sunday in Pac-12 play in Boulder.
Stanford (11-1-1 overall, 5-0 Pac-12) hadn't trailed since Aug. 26, but found itself behind after a goal by Colorado's Emily Paxton 19 seconds before halftime.
In an effort to equalize, Stanford pushed defensive midfielder Nogueira, and defenders Garciamendez and Rachel Quon into the attack. The Cardinal was rewarded at 78:07 when Nogueira slipped a left-footed shot into the upper left corner from 12 yards. It was her team-leading sixth goal of the year, but first with her feet.
At 78:44, central defender Garciamendez poked the ball with her right foot past onrushing goalkeeper Annie Brunner and inside the right post from close range. It was her fourth goal of the season and came on a pass from Quon.
The victory extended Stanford's conference winning streak to 36 and prevented Colorado (6-5-3, 0-4-1) from earning its first-ever Pac-12 victory since joining the conference last year.
Nogueira has made a habit of scoring clutch goals. Of her team-high 19 career goals, 14 have tied the score or put Stanford ahead. She also has 10 game-winning goals. Until Sunday, all of her goals this season had been on headers, mostly as a target on corner kicks.
Nogueira's goal was set up by the hard work of outside right back Laura Liedle, who kept possession, worked a combination with Courtney Verloo, and sent a pass into the penalty area. Nogueira collected the ball and turned on a defender to create space for her shot.
Stanford wrapped up competition at the Aggie Fall Invitational on Sunday afternoon, highlighted by Menlo School grad Jamin Ball and Nolan Paige earning titles at UC Davis.
In addition to registering a runner-up singles finish in the Flight A division, Ball paired with Trey Strobel to capture the division's doubles crown.
Meanwhile, Paige defeated Maciek Romanowicz, 6-1, 6-4, in all-Stanford final in the Flight B division. The two rookies then teamed up to claim the division's doubles title.
Stanford is back in action next weekend at the Battle in the Bay Classic.