Freshman opposite Kathryn Plummer posted a season-best 16 kills and the 11th-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team defeated rival California, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-13, Tuesday, in the Pac-12 opener for both squads at Haas Pavilion.
Plummer was on fire for Stanford (7-2, 1-0 Pac-12), putting together a .538 hitting percentage and adding five blocks.
Stanford out-hit California (6-5, 0-1 Pac-12) .307 to .179, and held a 12-8 advantage in blocks. Both teams recorded 49 digs, while the Cardinal held a 4-3 advantage in aces. For the first time this season, Stanford dropped the opening set, 25-23.
Redshirt junior Ivana Vanjak also tallied double-digit kills for Stanford, totaling 11 to go with four digs and an ace. Redshirt senior Inky Ajanaku chipped in with nine kills and seven blocks, while Merete Lutz and Audriana Fitzmorris both notched seven kills.
Senior setter Kelsey Humphreys finished one dig shy of a double-double, totaling 26 assists. Freshman setter Jenna Gray added 25 assists and seven digs. Freshman libero Morgan Hentz registered a team-best 13 digs and three assists.
Stanford continues conference play on the road this week, traveling to Oregon State for a match Friday at 7 p.m., to be televised on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Oregon.
The Cardinal has not lost to the Beavers in 63 previous meetings.