Wopat, Williams lead Cardinal to another 'W'

Seniors Carly Wopat and Rachel Williams each recorded 10 kills and the eighth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team downed visiting Colorado, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21, Saturday night in a Pac-12 Conference contest.

Brittany Howard, Inky Ajanaku and Jordan Burgess each added nine kills as the Cardinal (5-1 in the Pac-12, 12-3 overall) won its second straight since losing to USC. Stanford travels to Washington State for a conference match Friday at 6 p.m.

Williams added 12 digs, giving her a double-double for the night. Jordan Burgess had 10 digs and libero Kyle Gilbert collected a game-high 16 digs.

Gilbert also recorded a kill, a ball she hit over from the back row, for the final point of the match.

Colorado pulled within 19-18 in the third set, rallying from a six-point deficit. Stanford got two kills from Wopat, two Buffalo hitting errors and a kill each from Williams and Gilbert to finish it off.

Setter Madi Bugg had 38 assists while the Cardinal hit .340 as a team, led by Ajanaku's .615 hitting percentage. Wopat hit at a .529 clip and Burgess, who was flawless in 20 attacks, hit .450.

Stanford temporarily assumes sole possession of second place in the Pac-12, a half-game behind USC (5-0, 15-1) and a half-game ahead of Washington (4-1, 12-1).

The Trojans and Huskies are both in action on Sunday. Washington hosts Arizona State and USC travels to Oregon.

All 12 conference schools have an overall winning record, with 10 of them having five or fewer losses.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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