Ajanaku helps top-ranked Stanford women top Duke


Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku recorded a career-best 21 kills and the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 20 Duke, 25-11, 27-25, 23-25, 25-15, Friday in Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal (5-0) is off to its best start in three years.

Ajanaku also recorded a season-best .576 hitting percentage, and a match-high six blocks.

Redshirt freshman middle blocker Merete Lutz, who made her first career start, also had a strong outing against the Blue Devils, registering a season high 13 kills on a .571 attack percentage.

Junior setter Madi Bugg directed the Cardinal offense to a season-best .401 team hitting percentage. She also accumulated season highs of 54 assists and 15 digs for her third double-double of the year.

Senior libero Kyle Gilbert anchored the defense with a team-best 16 digs.

Senior opposite Morgan Boukather tied her season high with a .417 hitting percentage, recording 12 kills on 24 swings with just two errors. She also posted a season-best five blocks.

Junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess added 10 kills and 13 digs for her team high fifth double-double of the year.

Stanford outhit Duke .401 to .223 and collected 11 team blocks to six by the Blue Devils.

The Cardinal closes the Stanford Invitational on Saturday with a doubleheader. Stanford hosts Penn at 11 a.m. before taking on Santa Clara at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

— Stanford Athletics

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