Behind a balanced offensive attack, the No. 12 Stanford women's volleyball team swept Arizona State, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, Friday, in Wells Fargo Arena.
Stanford (18-7, 12-5 Pac-12) hit .391 for the match, while holding Arizona State (9-20, 2-15 Pac-12) to a .168 clip. The Cardinal also dominated the defensive statistics, out blocking the Sun Devils 11.0 to 4.0 and out digging them 43 to 34.
Freshman outside hitter Kathryn Plummer led all players with 13 kills on .360 hitting, seven digs and three blocks. Inky Ajanaku, Audriana Fitzmorris and Ivana Vanjak each tallied eight kills for Stanford. Merete Lutz added six kills on .312 hitting.
Stanford started out slowly, trailing early in the first set. However, a 9-2 run by the Cardinal put first set out of reach for the Devils. Stanford hit .500 in the second set with 18 kills and just two hitting errors and continued to fire on all cylinders in the third with a .414 attack percentage.
Freshman setter Jenna Gray finished with 38 assists, five digs, four blocks and two kills. Freshman libero Morgan Hentz anchored the defense with 10 digs, while defensive specialist Halland McKenna tallied nine.
No. 13 Stanford improved to 2-1 on Friday night, defeating Purdue 23-14 at Burnham Pavilion.
The Cardinal won six of 10 bouts in the dual, handing the 4-1 Boilermakers their first loss of the season. Stanford took the early lead and never relinquished it.
The dual began at 174 pounds, where redshirt senior All-American Jim Wilson gave the Cardinal the lead, winning 17-5 in a major decision to put Stanford up, 4-0. Purdue responded at 184 pounds when Tanner Lynde won 3-1 with a sudden victory decision over redshirt freshman Austin Flores.
Josh Marchok scored a quick six points for Stanford at 197 pounds, winning by fall in 1:12 over Christian Brunner to give the Cardinal a 10-3 lead. Redshirt junior Nathan Butler, the ninth-ranked heavyweight in the nation, extended Stanford's lead at 285 pounds with a 4-0 decision against Tyler Kral.
Returning All-American Connor Schram further extended the lead at 125 pounds. The redshirt junior, who ranks seventh in the nation, won by 9-1 in a major decision, putting the Cardinal ahead, 17-3.
Purdue cut into the deficit at 133 pounds when Luke Welch defeated redshirt senior Peter Russo by technical fall (22-7) at 6:17, making the score 17-8 in favor of Stanford.
Sophomore All-American Joey McKenna, the nation's second-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds, won a 6-3 decision over Kyle Ayersman, upping Stanford's advantage to 20-8. He moves to 3-0 on the year.
Alex Griffin narrowed Stanford's lead to 20-14 in the penultimate bout of the dual, defeating redshirt sophomore Paul Fox in a 5-2 decision.
Redshirt senior Peter Galli finished off the win for Stanford with a 6-1 decision at 165 pounds over Dylan Lydy.
Men's water polo
The No. 6 Stanford men's water polo team opened up the 2016 MPSF Tournament Friday, splitting its two games against Penn State Behrend and No. 1 USC. The Cardinal defeated the Lions 17-1 before falling to USC 9-5 with hat tricks by Marco Stanchi, Spencer Rogers and Blake Parrish on the day.
The first game pitted the Cardinal (13-7) against the fifth-seeded Penn State Behrend Lions, where Stanford tore open the lead early on by jumping out to an 8-1 lead after the first quarter with Mitchell Mendoza netting two in the period. Stanford continued on its roll in the second quarter, adding four more goals by four different Cardinal to go into the half up 12-1.
Stanford came out in the third to add five more goals in the period, finishing hat tricks by Marco Stanchi and Spencer Rogers while goalie Andrew Chun shut out the Lions in the half to lead the Cardinal to a 17-1 win in Game 1 of the MPSF Championship.
Game two matched up the Cardinal with the top-ranked and seeded Trojans, with USC jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the first. Oliver Lewis stepped up in goal to keep the Trojans at bay in the second, allowing only one additional goal as halfway through the match USC only held a 3-0 advantage.
The Cardinal came out of the break firing, adding back-to-back goals by Justin Roberto and Blake Parrish to make it 3-2. That was the closest the Cardinal was able to pull the score as USC rattled off four straight goals before Parrish added another at the close of the third to make it 7-3.
Two more by USC in the fourth cemented it, though Stanford fought back with a goal by Mitchell Mendoza and another to complete Blake Parrish's seventh hat trick of the season as the Cardinal fell 9-5.
Stanford will await its next opponent as it sets to play in the 11 a.m. game on Sunday. Possible opponents include California or Penn State Behrend.