Seniors help No. 3 Stanford sweep past No. 7 Nebraska


There are only two of them this year and both seniors are making an impact for Stanford's women's volleyball team.

Opposite hitter Morgan Boukather enjoyed the best match of her career to date and libero Kyle Gilbert made another solid contribution as third-ranked Stanford swept host No. 7 Nebraska, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.

Morgan Boukather. Photo by Don Feria/
Boukather tied her career high with 13 kills on a .417 hitting percentage, while racking up a career-best 18 digs. Gilbert finished with 13 digs and three assists as Stanford beat the Cornhuskers for the first time in 14 years.

Junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess led all players with 14 kills and 12 digs, while junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku added 10 kills on a .500 hitting percentage.

Junior setter Madi Bugg registered 46 assists to go with four kills and eight digs. Redshirt freshman Merete Lutz made her collegiate debut, entering the match in the first set.

Stanford, which hit .365 as a team, while holding Nebraska to a .131 clip, hosts top-ranked and defending national champion Penn State on Friday at 6 p.m. in its home debut.

Field hockey

Four different players scored as No. 12 Stanford downed visiting Liberty, 4-1, Sunday as part of the Stanford Invitational.

Alex McCawley, Lauren Becker, Maddie Secco and Fran Tew each scored as the Cardinal won its second straight to open the season.

Stanford hits the road and will play at Maine on Thursday.


Stanford grads Shayne Skov and Chase Thomas, both linebackers, are among seven players signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad, the team announced Sunday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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