Williams sets a higher standard in Cardinal volleyball win over Irish


Stanford sophomore Rachel Williams recorded her third consecutive career high for kills in Friday night's 25-12, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23 victory over Notre Dame as part of the Stanford women's volleyball Invitational.

Williams had 22 kills, hitting at a .436 pace, as the sixth-ranked Cardinal (3-0) beat the Irish for the first time in eight years.

Stanford meets No. 18 Duke (4-1) on Saturday at 5 p.m. St. Mary's (2-3) knocked off the Blue Devils, 27-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-27, 15-4, earlier in the day.

Carly Wopat added 13 kills, nine blocks and a hitting percentage of .600 for the Cardinal while Karissa Cook recorded 47 assists and 20 digs. Hannah Benjamin added 19 digs and Kyle Gilbert had 10.

Men's soccer

Stanford dropped a 4-0 decision to fifth-rankled host Maryland on Friday in a nonconference match in front of 7,000 fans and a national television audience.

The Cardinal (0-2) plays at Georgetown on Sunday. The Hoyas are currently receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.

Maryland scored all four of its goals in the first half, including one just 22 seconds into the match.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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