Cardinal women dominate in opening round of ITA regional


The later rounds of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships continue to have a Stanford feel, with four Cardinal players still alive in the singles main draw.

Caroline Doyle, Emma Higuchi, Caroline Lampl and Melissa Lord are into the quarterfinals, with Doyle and Higuchi set to face off against each other on one side of the bracket.

The doubles main draw features an all-Cardinal quarterfinal matchup between Lampl and Yee against Doyle and Lord.

Women's volleyball

In a battle of two 5-3 teams in the Pac-12, No. 15 UCLA came out on top of No. 14 Stanford, Friday, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-22, at Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins (15-4, 6-3 Pac-12) snapped a seven-match losing streak to the Cardinal (11-6, 5-4 Pac-12) dating back to 2011. UCLA out hit Stanford .260 to .240. The Cardinal is now 0-4 on the season when being out hit by its opponents.

Playing without its kills and blocks leader Inky Ajanaku, who sustained an injury during warmups, the Cardinal struggled to make up for those points after it won the opening set.

Freshman setter Jenna Gray controlled the offense with a career-high 41 assists. She also tallied career-bests four kills and two blocks. Freshman libero Morgan Hentz matched her career-best with a match-high 27 digs.

Freshman outside hitter Kathryn Plummer led the Cardinal with 16 kills, 11 digs and two aces for her team-best fourth double-double of the year. Freshman middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris tallied 14 kills on .444 hitting and five blocks, while redshirt junior outside hitter Ivana Vanjak finished with nine kills and two blocks.

Redshirt junior opposite Merete Lutz added seven kills and three blocks for Stanford, while senior Kelsey Humphreys collected 10 digs, three assists and an ace. Starting in place of Ajanaku, sophomore Tami Alade had a match-high six blocks to go with three kills.

Field hockey

A dominant team effort that saw Fran Tew score twice led No. 18 Stanford to a 6-1 win over the UC Davis Aggies in a season-high for goals scored at Varsity Turf Friday night.

The first half saw the Cardinal (8-5, 4-1 America East) come out fierce, taking a penalty corner in the fifth minute that saw the first shot blocked, but found Fran Tew waiting to crush a second shot into the net to make it 1-0. Stanford controlled the pace of the half with steady control of possession throughout.

Stanford struck again in the ninth minute, as leading goal scorer Jessica Welch was set up by Katie Keyser on a penalty corner that she demolished into the net to make it 2-0. The Aggies (4-11, 0-4 America East) came to scrap though as they put up seven shots in the half, striking back with a penalty corner of their own to make it 2-1 headed into the break.

"Tonight we saw a great team performance and a commitment to each other and to the game plan," stated Tara Danielson, "We brought a lot of energy tonight and were aggressive both defensively and on our offensive attacks."

The second half saw the Cardinal put on a clinic, putting up 14 shots while blanking the Aggies on defense. Ten minutes into the half the Cardinal took one of its eight penalty corners with another shot deflected that found Fran Tew waiting again for a rebound that she took top shelf to tie her career-high of two goals.

"We've been practicing hard on corners all week and tonight we executed all the things we've been working on as a team." commented Tew, "We've worked on improving our mentality every game and tonight showed how much progress we've made."

The Cardinal refused to rest as Emma Christus scored her first career goal after a cross to the top of the circle saw Christus wind up for a shot that wouldn't be denied. Kristina Bassi also flashed some stick work in the 52nd minute as Casey Deeds sent a pass across the middle that Bassi collected with a first touch move away from the defender before dropping in her third goal of the season. Katie Keyser jumped on the offensive assault in the 58th minute as the UC Davis goalie dove for a save that Keyser put away on the rebound to pull the score to its 6-1 final.

The Cardinal will close out its 2016 home season on Sunday as it sets to host rival, Cal at 1 p.m.

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