Burgess records a double-double for Stanford volleyball


Junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess had 12 kills, 10 digs, a career-best four service aces and hit at a .320 clip as the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team extended its season-opening winning streak to 13 matches Friday, beating No. 11 Oregon, 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 25-17, in Pac-12 Conference match at Maples Pavilion.

Redshirt freshman middle blocker Merete Lutz led the Cardinal with 13 kills on 22 errorless swings (.591) to improve her nation-best hitting percentage as Stanford handed the Ducks their first loss of the season.

Stanford (3-0, 13-0) hosts Oregon State at 7 p.m. Saturday in an attempt to match its best start since opening 14-0 in 2010.

Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku added 11 kills on a .360 attack percentage to go with a match-high six blocks.

Senior opposite Morgan Boukather finished with nine kills and four blocks, while junior Brittany Howard posted a season-best nine kills and 11 digs.

Junior setter Madi Bugg controlled the offense with 43 assists while collecting four kills, eight digs and three blocks. Senior libero Kyle Gilbert tallied 16 digs and two assists.

Gilbert has 1,611 career digs, moving past current U.S. national team member Kristin Richards for second all-time in program history.

Oregon challenged Stanford in the opening set, but the Cardinal rallied from behind to win the first set for the 12th time this season.

Women's soccer

Ryan Walker-Hartshorn scored three goals to lead No. 3 Stanford to a 4-1 victory over Washington in the Cardinal's Pac-12 home opener Friday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Walker-Hartshorn scored all three between the 25th and 47th minutes, including two consecutive scores to break a 1-1 draw.

Walker-Hartshorn became the first Stanford player since Hermann Trophy winner Kelley O'Hara in 2009 to have two hat tricks in one season. Walker-Hartshorn, who leads the Cardinal with eight goals, had her first hat trick on Sept. 14 in an 8-0 victory over Dayton.

Stanford (9-0-2 overall, 1-0-1) got a final goal from Lo'eau LaBonta on a hard-struck 25-yarder into the upper right corner in the 61st minute to finish off the Huskies (7-4, 0-2).

Stanford returns to action Sunday against unbeaten Washington State at 1 p.m. at Cagan Stadium.

Field hockey

No. 5 Stanford was dominant in every aspect of its game Friday against Pacific and still needed a late equalizing goal and overtime to defeat the visiting Tigers 3-2.

The Cardinal (11-1, 1-0 NorPac West) maintained a majority of the possession throughout the game and registered advantages in shots (21-3) and penalty corners (11-0). Pacific weathered the constant pressure, backed by a 15-save performance by goalkeeper Laura Pujade.

Lauren Becker netted her first game-winner on the season in the 75th minute to lift Stanford to its 16th consecutive victory against Pacific and improve to 3-0 in overtime games this season. It was Becker's sixth goal on the year.

Stanford held a 1-0 lead for the first portion of the game on a goal by Fran Tew. However, the Cardinal faced a late 2-1 deficit after Pacific's Nicole Laskosky scored her second goal on the day in the 51st minute.

The Cardinal responded with relentless pressure that eventually led to a penalty corner in the 60th minute. Elise Ogle inserted the ball to Maddie Secco, who settled it nicely. Kelsey Harbin stepped up to the ball at the top of the semicircle and drilled a shot low and hard to the bottom right corner of the goal to knot the game at 2-2.

Goalkeeper Dulcie Davies made a game-saving stop in the opening minutes of overtime when a Pacific player found space just inside of the top of the semicircle and drilled a shot that was headed to the top-right corner of the cage. Davies reached out with her left hand and made a reflex save to keep the game tied.

The winning play started at midfield when Secco gained possession of the ball and started a fast-break down the center of the field. She made a nice move to evade midfielders and threaded a pass between two defenders to Alex McCawley, who was making a parallel run.

McCawley had a one-on-one with a defender and went right at her until she entered the semicircle and slid a pass to Becker who was waiting on the left side of the goal. Becker drilled a rocket of a shot into the right-side netting of the cage to seal the victory.

Stanford will look to extend its five-game winning-streak as it hits the road for a 1 p.m. match Sunday at UC Davis.

Women's tennis

Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao advanced to Saturday's doubles semifinal round in the main draw of the Riviera ITA All-American Championships.

Davidson and Zhao notched a pair of victories on Friday, holding their opponents to three games or less in all four sets. The Cardinal duo will next face USC's Giuliana Olmos and Zoe Scandalis tomorrow in a match that is scheduled to not start before 2:30 p.m.

Meanwhile in singles, Zhao and Caroline Doyle saw their impressive tourney runs come to an end in the quarterfinals. Zhao dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to Florida's Brooke Austin while Doyle was edged 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-3 by UCLA's Robin Anderson.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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Posted by randy albin
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on Oct 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm

there is a long-standing tradition of great women's volleyball teams at Stanford. go to see these matches. prepare for the post-season championships. go for the great victories

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