Senior setter Madi Bugg and freshman opposite Hayley Hodson each recored a double-double and the the No. 7 Stanford women's volleyball team swept visiting Oregon State, 25-19, 25-22, 25-18, Friday, in a Pac-12 Conference match.
The Cardinal (9-4 overall, 3-2 Pac-12) hosts Oregon (9-5, 3-2) on Sunday at 5 p.m. Stanford is one of three teams tied for fourth in the Pac-12 along with the Ducks and UCLA.
Madi Bugg collected her 1,000th career dig. Photo by Don Feria//isiphotos.com
USC needed a fifth set to get past Colorado to become the sole undefeated team in the conference.
Hodson is setting a high standard for herself as she finished with 16 kills on 23 swings with just one error to hit a season-best .652. She also had a season-high 15 digs for her sixth double-double.
As a team, Stanford hit a season-best .356 while holding Oregon State to a .175 clip. The Cardinal also played solid defensively, leading the Beavers 9-6 1/2 in the block column and 60 to 41 in the dig column.
"It feels real good to play in Maples again, get a sweep under our belts and kind of get a start to the rest of our season," Hodson said.
Senior setter Madi Bugg controlled the offense, tallying her team-best seventh double-double of the year with 40 assists and 14 digs. In the process, the collected her 1,000th career dig becoming just the 16th Cardinal player to accomplish that feat.
Senior Jordan Burgess had 10 kills on .333 hitting for the Cardinal to go with eight digs and two blocks. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Merete Lutz added nine kills on a .381 attack percentage, while counterpart Ivana Vanjak posted five kills and a match-best five blocks. Freshman libero Halland McKenna finished with 14 digs, marking her eighth straight match with double-digit digs.
Playing on campus for the first time since classes began, No. 3 Stanford played to its first draw of the season, battling to a 0-0 tie against Washington on Friday night.
The result snapped Stanford's (8-1-1, 1-0-1) eight-game win streak, the fourth longest in program history. Still, head coach Jeremy Gunn was pleased with his side's play in its second conference matchup.
"I thought we were excellent," Gunn said. "In the first twenty minutes, they clipped balls at us and caused us a little bit of bother. But after that, it was all us. They had the odd chance here and there, but I was really pleased with how we played. Our defending was excellent and our attacking was great, but we just had to eke-out an opportunity somewhere and we had plenty of looks."
And there was perhaps no better look than the shot redshirt senior midfielder Eric Verso took in the 70th minute that deflected off the post, with freshman Amir Bashti also missing the follow wide. Verso's younger brother, Mark, had a couple of opportunities not long thereafter, but was unable to convert. Bashti showed off some slick moves on the edge of the box in the 86th and sent the ball in front, but no one was home.
No. 16 Oregon State (7-3-1, 2-0-1) is next up on Stanford's docket on Sunday at 1 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks). The Cardinal has dominated the all-time series against the Beavers, losing only six times in 41 total matches; under Gunn's watch, the Card is undefeated (5-0-1) versus OSU.
An overtime goal by Sarah Helgeson lifted No. 9 Stanford to a 3-2 victory at No. 14 Northwestern Friday afternoon at Lakeside Field.
Northwestern (9-5) appeared to have the upper hand for most of the afternoon. The Cardinal (9-3) was outshot, 15-9, by the Wildcats, but scored timely goals en route to its sixth road victory of the season.
Stanford fell behind in the 21st minute when Isabel Flens opened the scoring for Northwestern. Five minutes later, Fran Tew set up Maddie Secco's team-leading sixth goal of the season to equalize at 1-1.
In the final minute of the first half, Helgeson inserted a pass to Secco, who set up Caroline Beaudoin's third goal of the season for a 2-1 lead. It was Secco's team-leading eighth assist of the season.
Northwestern came out firing in the second half, outshooting the visitors 9-5 in the period. Despite Dulcie Davies' five second-half saves, Flens scored her second of the contest to send the game to overtime. Helgeson's goal, set up by Lauren Becker, came just 2:17 into overtime.
The Cardinal returns to action on Sunday against No. 16 Michigan, also at Lakeside Field.
Sophomore Tom Fawcett advanced to the round of 16 at the Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships on Friday, defeating Georgia's Walker Duncan 6-4, 6-2.
Honored in 2015 as the ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Fawcett led the Cardinal with a 26-12 overall record and 14-7 mark in duals while playing all of his matches at the No. 1 spot. Earning a No. 35 national final ranking, Fawcett also received an at-large berth in the NCAA Singles Championship.
Fawcett captured the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships title last October, becoming first Cardinal player to win the event since Ryan Thacher (2011) and first Stanford freshman to accomplish the feat since KJ Hippensteel (1998).
Friday marked the conclusion of singles play for Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
Davidson reached the round of 16, dropping a 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 decision to Miami's Sinead Lohan. Doyle fell 6-1, 6-3 to Virginia's Danielle Collins in the second round.