Gates helps Stanford block Oregon in Pac-12 volleyball

Meghan McClure helped Stanford down Oregon in three sets. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey/Stanford Athletics.

Stanford grad student-athlete Madeleine Gates recorded a season-high nine blocks, including two solo, in helping the fifth-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team beat visiting Oregon, 25-18, 25-12, 28-26 in a Pac-12 Conference match Sunday.

Audriana Fitzmorris had 10 kills to lead the Cardinal (16-4, 10-2), which travels to Arizona State for a conference match Thursday.

Madeleine Gates/Stanford Athletics
The Sun Devils (13-10, 5-7) were swept by Colorado (10-12, 2-10) over the weekend, though that’s not much of an indicator of future events when it comes to Pac-12 volleyball, where one weekend UCLA can beat the top two teams in the conference and then get beat the following weekend, dropping out of sole possession of second place into a five-way tie for second.

Stanford, which has a 15-match winning streak over the Ducks, owns a two-game lead over the quintet residing in second: Cal, Washington, Washington State, Utah and UCLA. USC is a game behind.

The Cardinal hit .293 as a team and posted 13 blocks in three sets. Oregon was held to .102 hitting, tied for the third-lowest by a Stanford opponent this season. The Ducks committed 24 hitting errors, including 12 in the second set.

Gates also finished with seven kills on .353 hitting. Fitzmorris also had three blocks, while freshman Natalie Berty added seven kills and two blocks in her second career match.

Senior setter Jenna Gray tallied 28 assists, five kills on .714 hitting, four digs and two blocks. Senior libero Morgan Hentz totaled 10 digs and five assists, while defensive specialists Caitlin Keefe and Kate Formico had eight digs apiece. Keefe had a career-high two assists and put down her first ace of the year, while Formico also had an ace.

Sophomore Holly Campbell hit .600 (6-0-10) and recorded four blocks, while junior Meghan McClure turned in five kills, six digs, three blocks and three aces.

— Staff report

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