Carly Wopat and Jordan Burgess each recorded 14 kills, two of the five Stanford players who reached double figures, as the seventh-ranked Cardinal downed host California, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 28-26, Wednesday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Rachel Williams, Megan McGehee and Brittany Howard each added 11 kills as Stanford (1-0, 8-2) won its sixth straight.
McGehee started the match in place of Inky Ajanaku, who did not make the trip across the bay due to an illness.
Kyle Gilbert recorded a season-high 29 digs and Madi Bugg had 55 assists for the Cardinal, which hosts No. 16 Arizona State on Friday night at 6 p.m.
Stanford out-blocked the Golden Bears, 18-4, but also committed 12 service errors to Cal's two. Wopat's seven blocks gives her 503 for her career, moving her past Kerri Walsh into fifth-place all-time in Stanford history.
It was only fitting that Stanford recorded its final points on blocks, by Bugg and McGehee and then by Williams, even after failing to convert four match points.
A Burgess ace gave the Cardinal a 24-21 lead in the fourth set. Cal won the next four points and was serving for set point.
Wopat and Howard recorded back-to-back kills to put Stanford back on top by one but the Bears tied it again, setting the stage for the consecutive blocks that clinched it.
The Cardinal hit .314 as a team, led by McGehee's .562. Burgess hit .406 and Wopat hit .344.
Stanford senior goalkeeper Drew Hutchins was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Hutchins picked up a pair of clean sheets over the weekend as the Cardinal defeated College of Charleston (2-0) and Colgate (1-0) at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The wins helped extend Stanford's (4-1-1) winning streak to four matches, the team's longest such streak since Sept. 16-26, 2010.
The Cardinal will attempt to win five straight for the first time since 2009 this Friday night when it visits UC Santa Barbara for a 7 p.m. match. The contest will be streamed live on www.NSCAATV.com.
Hutchins made four saves in Friday's win over College of Charleston, being forced to go horizontal multiple times over the final seven minutes to preserve both the win and the shutout. He was called into action twice more in Sunday's shutout of Colgate and has now marshaled the Cardinal defense to three clean sheets over the past four matches.
On the year Hutchins has played all 560 minutes for Stanford this season, boasting a 0.96 goals-against average. He has allowed just one goal over Stanford's current four-match winning streak.