Cardinal women's volleyball moves on without Hodson


The seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team will have to make due without the reigning national Freshman of the Year and first-team All-American Haley Hodson for the rest of the season.

Hodson appeared in six matches, recording 77 points on 61 kills, 10 aces and six blocks. She will be taking a medical leave of absence from the university.

"The health and safety of our student-athletes is Stanford's number one priority, and we support Hayley in her decision to focus on her full recovery and return to competition at full strength next season," Cardinal coach John Dunning said.

It's the second straight year Stanford will be without a key player. Inky Ajanaku missed all last season due to a knee injury sustained with the U.S. national team.

Stanford (9-3, 3-1 Pac-12) plays at home this weekend for the first time in nearly a month. The Cardinal hosts No. 19 Colorado (10-4, 2-2 Pac-12) on Friday at 6 p.m. and Utah (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Colorado is coming off a four-set win over then-No. 12 UCLA last weekend. The Buffaloes are third in the conference with a .270 hitting percentage and rank fourth in blocks (2.82).

Stanford holds a 15-1 advantage in the all-time series with Colorado. The Buffaloes won their first match against the Cardinal last season, posting a 3-1 win in Boulder. Stanford won 3-1 at Maples later that season.

The Utes were on a seven-match winning streak before they hosted the LA schools at home last week, falling in three to the 12th-ranked Bruins and in five to No. 23 USC.

Utah is fourth in the conference in hitting percentage (.264), kills (13.95) and assists (13.00).

Stanford is 12-1 all-time against Utah. The Cardinal swept both meetings last season. The only Utah win came on Sept. 5, 2000, a 3-2 victory in Salt Lake City.

Stanford finished a six-match road swing with a split at the Washington schools last weekend The Cardinal defeated the then-No. 7 Huskies (3-2) in Seattle for the first time since 2012.

Freshman Kathryn Plummer led the team with a season-best 18 kills. Stanford completed the road trip with a tough five-set loss at No. 17 Washington State. Plummer again led the team with 13 kills and seven blocks.

Stanford leads the country with 3.39 blocks per set, thanks in large part to its middle blockers Audriana Fitzmorris and Ajanaku.

Fitzmorris (1.62) paces the Pac-12 and is fifth in the nation, while Ajanaku (1.52) is third in the conference and 13th in the country.

Ajanaku currently ranks in fifth place with 511 blocks, passing Kerri Walsh (1996-99) and Laura Olesen (1985-89). Ajanaku's 1.28 career average is the seventh-best mark in school history.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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Posted by Larry
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 6, 2016 at 6:43 pm

What happened to Hoddy?

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Posted by RickEymer
sports editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Oct 6, 2016 at 11:12 pm

RickEymer is a registered user.

Stanford does not release injury specifics

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Posted by MJ
a resident of another community
on Oct 8, 2016 at 6:29 am

They released Ajanaku's injury, and Barboza's. What's up here?

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Posted by VolleyGrrrl
a resident of Gunn High School
on Oct 13, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Is it too late for Haley to redshirt this season?

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Posted by Tom Campbell
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm

Is she coming back this year(2017)?

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Posted by WVB
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2017 at 11:37 pm

Hayley announced three weeks ago she was retiring from volleyball due to the cumulative effects of several concussions. More here: Web Link

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Posted by Tom Campbell
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Yes, I just found the announcement. So sorry to hear that.

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