Stanford women hold off upset bid in Pac-12 volleyball


Inky Ajanaku recorded three of Stanford's final five points, including a go-ahead kill, and the top-ranked Cardinal staved off visiting Arizona State's upset bid, beating the Sun Devils, 25-11, 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 15-11, in a Pac-12 Conference women's volleyball match Wednesday night.

Stanford (13-0 Pac-12, 23-0 overall) was down, 7-4, in the fifth set when Cardinal coach John Dunning called a timeout. Whatever was said was taken to heart as Stanford went on a 6-1 run to reestablish itself.

The set was tied at 10-all when Ajanaku went on her mini-run. Setter Madi Bugg, who recorded 54 assists, also had a kill during the run. The final point came on a block from Ajanaku and Jordan Burgess.

The Cardinal remains at home Friday for a 7:30 p.m. against Arizona.

Stanford finished with 69 kills, 11 blocks and tied its season-best with 93 digs.

Senior libero Kyle Gilbert anchored the defensive effort with a season high 31 digs, her first 30-dig performance of the season.

Junior Brittany Howard added a season high 16 digs for the Cardinal.

Ajanaku finished with 20 kills on a .457 attack percentage to go with a team high six blocks. Burgess collected her team-best 14th double-double with 16 kills and 17 digs, while redshirt freshman middle blocker Merete Lutz totaled 11 kills and five blocks.

Bugg also recorded a double-double, her 11th of the season, adding 13 digs. She tied her career high with seven kills, none bigger than the two in the fifth set, and had four blocks.

Senior opposite Morgan Boukather finished with eight kills and nine digs, while junior Megan McGehee put down two aces, including one in the fifth set.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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Posted by Dunning Stunning
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 9, 2014 at 12:26 am

I remember when John Dunning was just a high school coach. Quite a career for that guy. But can Stanford actually win it all this year? There are some tough teams out there - including Penn State.

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