The eighth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated visiting Saint Mary's, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, Friday, in its final nonconference match.
The Cardinal (7-2) will take a five-match winning streak into Wednesday night's Pac-12 Conference opener at California.
Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat had a season-high 16 kills, one of four players in double figures in kills. She also had five blocks and three aces.
Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard added 12 kills and 11 digs for her second double-double of the season, while senior outside hitter Rachel Williams finished with 10 kills, 12 digs and four blocks for her team-leading fourth double-double of the year.
Sophomore setter Madi Bugg spread around the offense, recording 50 assists to go with seven digs and season highs of four kills and five blocks. Stanford finished with a .255 attack percentage, while Saint Mary's hit at a .222 clip. The Cardinal recorded 14 1/2 blocks on the night, led by sophomore Inky Ajanaku's season-high eight blocks.
Zach Batteer scored both goals and Stanford topped visiting College of Charleston, 2-0, on Friday in a nonconference match.
The Cardinal (3-1-1) hosts Colgate at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Cardinal, which owns a three-game winning streak for the first time in three years, outshot the Cougars 20-10 for the match while goalkeeper Drew Hutchins and the defense posted their second shutout of the season.
Stanford needed just over a minute to grab the early lead. The Cardinal earned a corner kick 52 seconds into the match, playing it short and looking for an option in the box. When Aaron Kovar's cross was cleared out to the sideline, the sophomore delivered a throw-in which Matt Taylor nodded towards Batteer for the finishing header.
The Cardinal continued heaping the pressure onto the Cougars, getting seven shots off and forcing a pair of saves from Charleston goalkeeper Ryan McLaughlin within the opening 11:02.
Jordan Morris forced McLaughlin into action again in the 26th minute and Brandon Vincent's header from a Kovar corner was stopped by McLaughlin in the 28th. For the half, the Cardinal outshot the Cougars 14-2 and dominated the possession.
Batteer's second goal was set up by a brilliant run from Morris, who sped past the Cougar defense to the goal line, where he played a nice ball back to Batteer who tapped in for his fourth goal of the campaign.
Eighth-ranked Stanford downed California, 3-0, Friday in the NorPac opener for both teams, extending its win streak over the Golden Bears.
Alex McCawley scored twice and Kelsey Harbin added a team-leading fourth goal of the season for Stanford (1-0, 6-1), which recorded its fourth straight shutout. The Cardinal last allowed a goal in the second minute against No. 20 New Hampshire on Sept. 6, a streak spanning 348:39.
Stanford has now won 13 of its last 17 against California, including four in a row dating to last year. The Cardinal has outscored the Bears 13-3 during the four-game stretch.
Stanford dominated the game, owning advantages in shots (18-1) and penalty corners (9-0).
McCawley got the Cardinal going early, scoring her first goal of the match in the eighth minute with a laser from the top of the circle into the top right corner.
Harbin provided insurance in the second half, converting on a penalty corner in the 49th minute after a nice setup by Hannah Thiemann and Shannon Herold.
McCawley also capitalized on Stanford's penalty corner advantage, tapping in a rebound in the 61st minute for her second goal of the day.
Stanford plays at No. 5 Syracuse and No. 11 Albany next weekend.