Stanford women earn important Pac-12 volleyball victory


With redshirt senior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku back in the lineup, the No. 14 Stanford women's volleyball team swept No. 25 USC, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21, Sunday at the Galen Center.

Ajanaku, who missed Friday's match at UCLA with an injury, totaled 10 kills and eight blocks for the Cardinal, which improved to 12-6 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-12.

Inky Ajanaku
Stanford hit .299 as a team while holding USC (14-7, 6-4 Pac-12) to a .128 clip. The Cardinal also out blocked the Trojans 14-6.

Redshirt junior Merete Lutz hit a match high .706 with 12 kills on 17 errorless swings. She also collected five blocks in the win.

Freshman outside hitter Kathryn Plummer added 11 kills on .429 hitting, six digs and three blocks, while freshman middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris had five kills and five blocks.

Freshman setter Jenna Gray controlled the offense with 33 assists. She also registered five digs, two blocks and the team's only ace of the match.

Freshman libero Morgan Hentz finished with a match-high 14 digs, while senior Kelsey Humphreys had eight. Redshirt junior Ivana Vanjak chipped in with five kills and three blocks.

There were 28 tie scores and 12 lead changes during the match.

Stanford returns to The Farm to host No. 7 Washington on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and No. 18 Washington State on Friday at 6 p.m. Both matches will air on Pac-12 Networks.

Men's water polo

Eight different players scored and No. 5 Stanford downed No. 8 Pepperdine, 9-5, Sunday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.

Freshman Bennett Williams led the balanced attack with two goals, while Mitchell Mendoza, Blake Parrish, Cody Smith, Harrison Enright, Adam Warmoth, Sam Pfeil and Nelson Perla-Ward each contributed a score for the Cardinal.

Stanford scored three of the match's first four goals as Enright, Williams and Perla-Ward each found the back of the cage in the first six minutes of the contest.

The Cardinal built a 5-3 halftime advantage and never looked back from there, improving to 12-3 overall on the season with the win over the Waves.

Junior Oliver Lewis played the entire match in goal for the Cardinal, posting 12 saves.

The win was Stanford's second of the season over Pepperdine. On Sept. 24, the Cardinal posted an 11-9 victory over the Waves in the Mountain Pacific Invitational Berkeley, California.

Stanford travels to Los Angeles to face top-ranked UCLA in an 11:30 a.m. match Saturday, to be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

Women's tennis

Sophomore Caroline Lampl remains alive in both the singles and doubles main draws of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships.

In an all-Cardinal affair, Lampl will square off against freshman Emma Higuchi on Monday at 10:30 a.m. PT in the semifinals of the singles draw.


Four Stanford sailors punched their tickets to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded National Championships this past weekend at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference Singlehanded Championships.

Sophomore William Marshall took the top spot on the men's side, finishing with an impressive 17-point total from 10 races. Marshall won the first four races and never looked back, winning six and finishing outside of the top-two only once.

Junior Luke Muller, the two-time defending PCCSC singlehanded champion, finished second with 30 points, including just one finish outside the top five. Freshman Nestor Cano narrowly missed out on nationals in fifth place, which included a win in the final race.

Junior Haley Fox finished second in the women's half of the field with 18 points. In eight races, Fox had six top-two finishes, while sophomore Olivia Gugliemini was not far behind in third place with 24 points. Gugliemini finished outside of the top three only twice.

Later in the afternoon, Lampl and fellow sophomore Kimberly Yee will battle San Jose State's Tamara Culibrk and Miyo Kobayashi in the doubles semifinals.

The Cardinal quartet will compete at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded National Championships Nov. 4-6 in Galveston, Texas. Last season, Muller finished sixth while Fox was ninth and Gugliemini took 14th.

Stanford was also represented at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl in Hanover, New Hampshire, and the Sherman Hoyt Trophy in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Cardinal finished 11th in the 17-team field at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. Junior skipper Julia Lambert and freshman crew Madeline Bubb finished 16th in the A-division while junior Elena VandenBerg and senior Quinn Vangelos were ninth in the B-division.

At the Sherman Hoyt Trophy, Stanford finished in 10th place out of 18 teams. Junior skipper Will La Dow and sophomore crew Kathryn Booker had the best finish with seventh place in the A-division. Senior skipper Maeve White and sophomore crew Meg Gerli took 12th place in the B-division.

Stanford returns to action next weekend when it hosts the Fall Women's PCCSC Championship in Redwood City.

Field hockey

Katie Keyser and Fran Tew each scored in the second half and Stanford beat visiting California, 2-0, in an America East match Sunday.

— Stanford Athletics

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