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Stanford women block their way to Pac-12 volleyball victory

 

Four players registered double-digit kills and the ninth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated USC, 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, Thursday, in a Pac-12 Conference contest at Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal (17-6, 11-4) remain in a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12, with UCLA and Washington and five matches remaining. The Trojans drop to 16-10 overall and 8-7 in conference play.


Inky Ajanaku
Stanford hit .309 while holding USC to a .229 clip. The Cardinal, which leads the nation in blocks per set, posted 14 blocks to the Trojans' eight. USC finished with more kills (59 to 58), aces (6 to 2) and digs (57 to 50).

Redshirt senior Inky Ajanaku and freshman Kathryn Plummer each recorded 13 kills in the win. Ajanaku hit .500 (13-3-20) and collected a match-high eight blocks, while Plummer had six digs, three blocks, and two assists.

Freshman middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris added 12 kills on a .360 attack percentage, five blocks, and three digs. Redshirt junior Ivana Vanjak was the fourth player with double-digit kills, finishing with 10 (.320) and three blocks.

Freshman setter Jenna Gray racked up a career-high 54 assists, seven digs, two blocks and two kills. She also put down a career-best two aces, Stanford's only two of the night.

Freshman libero Morgan Hentz continued her stellar defensive play, securing 26 digs. It was one off of her career-high and the eighth time she has reached the 20-dig plateau.

— Stanford Athletics

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