Led by freshmen Audriana Fitzmorris and Kathryn Plummer, No. 11 Stanford defeated third-ranked Minnesota, 25-23, 25-15, 25-27, 25-19, Sunday at Maples Pavilion.
Fitzmorris and Plummer each recorded 13 kills and hit over .350. As a team, Stanford out hit Minnesota (1-1) .233 to .142 and held a 17.5 to 12.5 advantage in blocks. The Cardinal improves to 7-0 all-time against the Gophers, who reached last year's Final Four.
Redshirt junior Merete Lutz finished with 11 kills on .310 hitting and seven blocks. Redshirt senior Inky Ajanaku, redshirt junior Ivana Vanjak and sophomore Hayley Hodson each finished with nine kills. Ajanaku and Fitzmorris paced the team with eight blocks each.
Freshman setter Jenna Gray registered her first career double-double with 31 assists and a team-high 15 digs.
Senior Kesley Humphreys turned in 25 assists and nine digs, while freshman libero Morgan Hentz collected 14 digs.
Defensive specialist Halland McKenna added 10 digs and an ace for the Cardinal.
Stanford travels to Boulder, Colorado for the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, featuring the Cardinal, host Colorado, No. 9 Penn State and No. 14 Illinois.
Stanford faces the Fighting Illini on Saturday, and the Nittany Lions on Sunday.
Down a man and two goals, Stanford fought back and the top-ranked Cardinal scored two goals three minutes apart late in regulation to earn a 2-2 draw with Saint Mary's on Sunday night.
In the 78th minute Bryce Marion used a clever feed to Foster Langsdorf on a set piece from 25 yards out and Langsdorf beat Saint Mary's (0-0-2) keeper Andrew Konstantino with his left to get the Cardinal (0-0-2) on the board for the first time in 2016. In the 81st, Tanner Beason whipped a ball in from the left and Drew Skundrich climbed highest to equalize.
Both goals came with Stanford down to 10 men after Tomas Hilliard-Arce was sent off in the 77th minute.
"We were in a terrible situation when we could have easily been up in the game and we fought back," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "We showed great resiliency and were the better team with 10 men. At the end of regulation we were looking like the team to score. I'm really proud of how we kept going."