Stanford earns third straight Pac-12 volleyball title

Morgan Hentz had 20 digs in Stanford's three-set win over Washington State. Photo by Mike Rasay/

With its third straight Pac-12 Conference championship nicely wrapped up in time for Thanksgiving, there's still a reason the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team needs to stay focused.

Kathryn Plummer recorded 21 kills and added three blocks to help the Cardinal top host Washington State 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 in a conference match Tuesday.

Meghan McClure/Mike Rasay
Morgan Hentz had 20 digs for Stanford (23-4, 17-2) which hosts California at 3 p.m. Friday with an eye of clinching one of the four top seeds in the NCAA tournament and retaining the chance to host the first four rounds. The Cardinal moved into fourth in the RPI rating earlier this week.

Plummer hit .362 and finished with seven digs. She also registered two aces, clinching the first and second sets for Stanford. She moved into sixth place on the Cardinal's all-time kills list with 1,827, passing Kristin Richards (2003-06). She's seven kills away from Kristin Folkl (1994-97) and fifth place.

The Cardinal hit .280 as a team and held Washington State (22-9, 11-8) to a .157 attack percentage.

Senior setter Jenna Gray guided the offense with 35 assists and tallied four kills and four digs.

Senior opposite Audriana Fitzmorris hit .400 with nine kills on 20 swings with just one error. Junior Meghan McClure added five kills and 12 digs, while Madeleine Gates had four kills and two blocks. Sophomore Holly Campbell chipped in with three kills and a block.

The Cardinal's six seniors will be recognized during a post-match ceremony.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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