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Cardinal women escape Bears' lair with volleyball victory

 

Freshman Hayley Hodson recorded 18 kills and had five blocks to lead eighth-ranked Stanford past host California, 25-23, 27-25, 20-25, 25-16, in the Pac-12 women's volleyball opener on Tuesday night.

Brittany Howard finished with 14 kills, six digs, two solo blocks and hit a match-best .462 for the Cardinal (1-0, 7-2), which improved to 13-2 in conference openers under coach John Dunning. The only two opening losses in the past 15 years have been at Cal.


Brittany Howard
Stanford, which hosts No. 3 USC on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the lone meeting of the year between the rivals, out-hit Cal, .283 to .226, and finished with 11 team blocks and six service aces.

Hodson, who came to Stanford as the nation's top recruit, netted her season high in kills on .343 hitting. She leads the team with 110 kills (3.55 per set). Howard is second with 99 kills (3.19 per set).

Senior setter Madi Bugg directed the offense with 42 assists and also paced the team on defense with a match-high 17 digs. It was her third double-double.

Freshman libero Halland McKenna collected 13 digs and a career high eight assists. She has tallied double-digit digs in four straight matches.

Redshirt sophomore middle blockers Merete Lutz and Ivana Vanjak combined for 11 kills and seven blocks. Senior outside hitter Jordan Burgess totaled seven kills and two digs.

— Stanford Athletics

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