Burgess matches career high in kills to lead No. 1 Stanford


Jordan Burgess matched her career-high with 19 kills, one of four Stanford players with double figures in kills, and the top-ranked Cardinal downed host Arizona, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20, 25-20, in a Pac-12 Conference match Friday night.

Inky Ajanaku recorded 16 kills on 26 swings, with one hitting error, for a .577 hitting percentage as the Cardinal (5-0 Pac-12, 15-0 overall) hit .408 as a team.

Megan Boukather had 14 kills and Merete Lutz added 10 for Stanford, which is off to its best start since opening the 2007 season with 17 straight wins. Lutz matched her season-high with six blocks, three solo.

Junior setter Madi Bugg had her fifth double-double of the year with 57 assists and 13 digs. Senior libero Kyle Gilbert added a season-high 24 digs and Brittany Howard had 12 digs to go with nine kills.

Stanford held Arizona to a .259 attack percentage and both teams recorded seven blocks.

The Cardinal travels to No. 18 Arizona State on Sunday for a conference match at 11 a.m. PT, to be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.

Field hockey

A late goal by Maddie Secco lifted No. 7 Stanford to a 2-1 nonconference victory against No. 8 Northwestern Friday at Ocker Field.

The Cardinal (13-1) claimed its seventh consecutive victory and improved to 3-0 against top-10 opponents.

With the game knotted at 1-1 for a majority of the game, Secco broke through with the deciding goal in the 63rd minute firing a rocket of a shot in to the back of the cage. It was Secco's fifth goal on the year.

It was tightly contested game with Stanford holding slight advantages in shots (10-9) and penalty corners (7-5).

The Cardinal found itself in a hole early when Northwestern's (9-4) Carolin Troncelliti found the back of the net with a tip-in score from the right side of the goal in the fourth minute.

Stanford responded quickly, converting a penalty corner in the 10th minute. Hannah Thiemann became the 11th Stanford player to score a goal when she tipped in a hard pass on a penalty corner set play. Kelsey Harbin and Secco assisted the score.

The Cardinal will look to extend its winning streak Sunday at 10 a.m. (PT) when it takes on Michigan.

Women's tennis

Four Cardinal players are through to the round of 32 in singles play, highlighting Friday's opening day of action at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Taylor Davidson, Caroline Doyle, Ellen Tsay and Carol Zhao have advanced in singles while all four players will also compete in doubles on Saturday.

Men's tennis

Three players advanced to the round of 16, highlighting Stanford's competition on Friday afternoon during the opening day of the Battle in the Bay Classic.

Among the victories was David Hsu's 7-5, 6-3 upset of California's Filip Bergevi, the tournament's No. 2-seeded player.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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