For the first time since 2002, Washington State defeated the Stanford in women's volleyball. The 17th-ranked Cougars pulled out a 25-15, 17-25, 26-24, 26-28, 15-8 win over the No. 9 Cardinal, Friday, in front of a packed Bohler Gym.
Washington State improves to 13-2 overall and remains undefeated in the Pac-12 at 3-0. The Cardinal drops to 9-3 on the year and 3-1 in the conference. Stanford, which is the only Pac-12 team to have yet to play a home conference match, is now 3-3 in five-set matches in 2016.
Freshman opposite Kathryn Plummer finished with a team-high 13 kills and seven blocks, while redshirt senior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku added 12 kills and nine blocks. Freshman middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris registered 11 kills on .400 hitting, six blocks and an ace. Redshirt junior Merete Lutz also tallied 11 kills and six blocks.
Freshman setter Jenna Gray totaled 26 assists and six digs for the Cardinal, while senior setter Kelsey Humphreys tallied 24 assists and an ace. Gray and Plummer earned their first starts of their careers. Freshman libero Morgan Hentz racked-up 20 digs, while freshman Michaela Keefe totaled 13.
An incredible defensive effort that allowed UC Davis a mere five shots made the difference Friday as Nina Randolph scored her second career goal, this one in double overtime, to lead the Cardinal to a 1-0 win.
The Cardinal (5-4, 1-0 America East) took control of the game early, outshooting the Aggies (3-7, 0-1 America East), 4-1, in the first half.
"The team moved the ball well today and created solid goal scoring opportunities throughout the game. We need to clean it up in the attacking D and finish the play," Cardinal coach Tara Dabielson said. "It's great to open conference play with a win. We will focus on building on this performance into midseason play."
Stanford's offense was relentless, getting nine shots in the second half, and had opportunities with four penalty corners.
The first overtime period was again all Cardinal with six shots without allowing a one to the Aggies.
The difference came in the 91st minute, when Sarah Helgeson dished up an assist to Nina Randolph, who put a one-time touch on it to the upper left hand corner of the cage for the win.
The Cardinal continues conference play next week, traveling to rival Cal on Friday and hosting Pacific on Sunday.