The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 18 Arizona State, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18, Sunday, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.
Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku recorded 14 kills and four blocks for the Cardinal (6-0 Pac-12, 16-0 overall), which is off to its best start since 2007.
Junior setter Madi Bugg directed the offense, which hit .282, with 45 assists to go with seven digs, three blocks and three kills.
Junior outside hitter Brittany Howard finished with a season high 11 kills, including the 700th of her career, on a .323 hitting percentage.
Junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess recorded her 800th career kill in the win, posting her team-best eighth double-double with 10 kills and 16 digs. She also collected three blocks, including two solo.
Redshirt freshman middle blocker Merete Lutz finished with 10 kills and a match-high five blocks.
Senior libero Kyle Gilbert anchored the Cardinal defense with a season high 25 digs. It marks the third straight match she has reached the 20-dig plateau. As a team, Stanford totaled 14 blocks, one off of its season high.
Stanford remains on the road, traveling to Colorado on Friday, and Utah on Sunday. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
Men's water polo
No. 2 Stanford finished third at the SoCal Tournament in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Cardinal dropped its second contest of 2014 in the semifinals against No. 3 California, 11-7, before bouncing back for a victory over No. 1 UCLA, 7-6.
The latest results reconfirmed the strength of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and how tangled the seeding process may become for the NCAA tournament.
Stanford (15-2) has split its matches with Cal and UCLA thus far and will get its first shot at USC on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Trojans have split their matches with Cal and UCLA as well.
No. 4 USC won the tournament with victories over UCLA (10-6) and Cal (10-9).
Lauren Becker scored in the second minute of overtime to lift No. 7 Stanford past host Michigan, 2-1, in a nonconference match Sunday.
The Cardinal (14-1) extended its winning streak to eight when Maddie Secco slipped a pass to Becker on the left post for the winner.
Secco, a Canadian national team member, generated the scoring opportunity after receiving the ball at midfield and weaving her way through multiple defenders to head straight to goal.
Secco also assisted the first Stanford goal and has registered at least one assist in five of the past six games.
Stanford improved to 5-1 against top-20 opponents, with three of those victories coming on the road.
Stanford's defense continued to showcase why it is one of the nation's best, constantly stepping up in plays to disrupt and intercept Wolverines passes. Dulcie made five saves in goal.
The Cardinal has held opponents to one or fewer goals in 14 of 15 games this season.
For the second time in as many games, Stanford needed to erase an early deficit after Michigan's Leslie Smith scored in the seventh minute. The Cardinal responded with plenty of pressure for the remainder of the half but could not break through.
Stanford continued its pressure in the second half and was rewarded in the 48th minute when Secco lifted a pass from the right sideline to Katie Keyser for the equalizing goal. Keyser did well to convert the opportunity by raising her stick above her head to knock down the pass, then swatting the ball with a waist-high swing into the back of the goal.
Stanford returns to California for its final three regular season games, beginning 3 p.m. Friday at Pacific.
As expected, the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships continues to serve as a showcase for Stanford's top singles and doubles players.
The Cardinal will be represented with three players in singles and four in doubles when semifinal competition gets underway Monday.
One semifinal will be an all-Stanford affair, with Taylor Davidson facing off against Caroline Doyle. The other semifinal pits Carol Zhao against California's Karla Popovic.
Davidson and Doyle have won all of their matches in straight sets while Zhao has prevailed in back-to-back three-setters, capped by Sunday's 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 victory over California's Maegan Manasse.
In doubles, Doyle and Ellen Tsay notched an 8-4 win during Sunday's quarterfinals while Davidson and Zhao teamed up for an 8-0 triumph.
Stanford wrapped up play at the Battle in the Bay Classic, highlighted by David Hsu's impressive run to the semifinals.
Participating in his first collegiate tournament, Hsu knocked off No. 2 seed Filip Bergevi of California in the round of 32. The Cardinal rookie then gave No. 3 seed Andre Goransson of California all he could handle in the semifinals before falling 7-6, 7-5.
The Stanford women finished seventh at the Navy Fall Women's Interconference Regatta in Annapolis, registering 363 points in the three-division race. St. Mary's College of Maryland won the event with 269 points.
The Cardinal B team sailed the best of its division, with 57 points. Georgetown was next with 77 points.
At the Moody Trophy Regatta in Rhode Island, Stanford finished sixth overall in the two-division race with 143 points. Roger Williams won the event with 105 points.
Stanford scored a victory and a second-place finish in each division, with the A team earning the fourth-best marks in its division.
The A team finished among the top six in eight of the 10 races, while the B team did so five times.