Sophomore Inky Ajanaku did a little bit of everything and most of her Stanford teammates were nearly perfect in their attack as the eighth-ranked Cardinal women's volleyball team downed visiting Cal Poly, 25-12, 25-10, 25-14, in a nonconference match Wednesday night.
Stanford (6-2) hosts Saint Mary's at 7 p.m. Friday in its final tuneup before Pac-12 Conference play opens next week.
Ajanaku recorded a team-high eight kills, with Jordan Burgess, and had a hitting percentage of .700, with one error in 10 attacks. She also had a team-high six blocks. No one committed more than two hitting errors as the Cardinal outhit the Mustangs, .453 to .054.
Stanford hit a combined .558 through two mistake-free sets to open the match. Senior Carly Wopat was 6 for 7 without an error, an .857 percentage, in two sets. She sat out the final set.
Sophomore setter Madi Bugg had 23 assists, three aces and matched Kyle Gilbert with a team best nine digs.
The only thing that stood in the way of perfection for the United States women's national volleyball in its 25-9, 25-13, 25-12 victory over Cuba on Wednesday was getting its warm up time mixed up.
Aside from having to adjust to the timing issue, the Americans did everything right in reaching the semifinal of the NORCECA Women's Continental Championship being contested at Omaha's Ralston Arena.
The U.S. (2-0 in Omaha, 19-5 overall) plays again Friday at 6 p.m. (PT) against an opponent to be determined in Thursday's quarterfinal round.
"One of our focal points this year is embracing adversity," U.S. coach Karch Kiraly said. "We had a nice opportunity for that because we had a mix-up in the warm-up time. Our team handled that really well. They came out and served tough and passed well, just like we focused on."
The United States had little trouble defeating Cuba (0-2), which had lost a hard-fought, five-set match to Mexico late on Tuesday night. The U.S. Women led in kills (39-17), blocks (11-2) and aces (9-1).
"I thought we did a really good job putting pressure on Cuba and focusing on our side of the net," U.S. team captain and Stanford grad Kristin Richards Hildebrand said. "We played really clean for the majority of the match. We had a lot of people come off the bench and make great contributions."
U.S. middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer led all scorers with 13 points on eight kills and a match-high five blocks as everybody played for a second straight match.
"The crowd was awesome," Hildebrand said. "It was fun to see more people come out and we're hoping it will keep growing."