Stanford women's volleyball wraps up Pac-12 title


The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team just keeps rolling along.

Junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess recorded 14 kills and the Cardinal swept rival California, 25-15, 25-19, 25-15, Friday in Berkeley.

The win clinched an outright Pac-12 championship for the Cardinal (19-1, 29-1), its 16th in program history.

John Dunning has has coached Stanford to eight Pac-12 titles in his 14 years on The Farm, including seven of the past nine.

Stanford has finished first or second in the conference 27 of the past 29 years. The Cardinal has 19 conference championships overall, which also includes the 1977 Nor-Cal, 1984 WCAA and 1985 Pac-West titles.

As a team, Stanford hit .347 while holding Cal to a .094 clip. Burgess, who hit .303, needs 16 kills to become the 15th Stanford player to reach 1,000 career kills. She will become the ninth to also collect 1,000 career digs.

Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku tallied 10 kills on 16 swings with just one error to hit .562. She also totaled a match-high four blocks. Redshirt freshman Merete Lutz added eight kills and two blocks, while junior Brittany Howard finished with six kills and nine digs.

Junior setter Madi Bugg racked up 37 assists, three kills and three digs in the win. Senior libero Kyle Gilbert registered a match-best 16 digs. She has reached double-digit in digs in all 30 matches this season.

Stanford will discover is postseason fate when the NCAA selection show airs on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PT on ESPNU.

The Cardinal will likely host the first and second rounds on Friday and Saturday.

Stanford and Penn State are the only teams to have appeared in all 33 NCAA Tournaments. The Cardinal has never lost a first round match.

Women's basketball

Lili Thompson scored 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second half, but the No. 5 Cardinal shot just 31 percent on the afternoon and dropped its first game at the Rainbow Wahine Shootout in Honolulu to No. 11 North Carolina on Friday, 70-54.

The result, Stanford's third in the last four games against a ranked opponent, moves the Cardinal's record to 3-2. Stanford never led, but pulled within five, 39-34, midway through the second half on a Thompson 3-pointer.

After that bucket with 13:41 to go, the Tar Heels would go on a 23-6 run to open up a 22-point gap with 5:13 to play.

"I was disappointed in our effort," Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said. "First of all I think that North Carolina has an excellent team. They have a lot of weapons, they have a great inside game and they shot really well from the outside. They were hitting perimeter shots and had a solid inside-outside game going. I think they really exposed us in a lot of ways."

Thompson's long-range bomb started an extended drought from the floor for Stanford, which wouldn't again convert a field goal until Thompson herself made a layup in transition with 9:01 left.

— Stanford Athletics

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