Stanford women face another ranked volleyball opponent


The No. 9 Stanford women's volleyball team plays host to No. 20 Purdue and Cal Poly for the Stanford Invitational Friday through Sunday in Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal takes on the Boilermakers on Friday at 8 p.m. and the Mustangs on Sunday at 1 p.m. Purdue and Cal Poly meet on Saturday at 4 p.m. (Admission is free on Saturday).

Purdue enters the week with a 5-1 record, its lone loss a five-set heartbreaker to Kentucky, falling 20-18 in the fifth.

The Boilermakers are hitting .282 as a team and holding their opponents to a .178 clip. Junior Danielle Cuttino paces the squad with 4.09 kills per set, while junior outside hitter Azariah Stahl adds 3.77 kills and 2.77 digs per set

Redshirt junior setter Ashley Evans controls the offense with 11.55 assists per set along with 1.45 kills and 2.36 digs per set.

Stanford is 2-0 all-time against Purdue. The Cardinal and Boilermakers haven't met since 1984 when the Cardinal posted a 3-1 victory at home.

Middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris has played in four collegiate matches and racked up five weekly conference honors.

The freshman earned Pac-12 Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week on Aug. 29, Pac-12 Offensive and Freshman of the Week on Sept. 5 and AVCA National Player of the Week on Sept. 6.

She leads the Pac-12 and ranks eighth in the country with 1.76 blocks per set, while hitting .412 (eighth in the conference).

No Cardinal player is in the same position she was a year ago.

Sophomore Hayley Hodson has moved over to the left after playing opposite during her rookie campaign.

Merete Lutz and Ivana Vanjak, who both played middle last season, are now playing on the right and left, respectively.

Senior Kelsey Humphreys, who was utilized as a serving specialist last season, is now one of two setters in Stanford's system in 2016, while sophomore Halland McKenna has relinquished her libero duties to freshman Morgan Hentz and is playing in the back row as a DS.

— Stanford Athletics

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