A fitting end to the regular season for a senior class has seen unparalleled success. Four players registered double-digit kills to lead the third-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team past California, 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-21, in a Pac-12 Conference match Friday on Senior Day in Maples Pavilion.
Stanford finished the regular season 24-4 overall and 18-2 in the Pac-12 Conference, which the Cardinal has wo three years running. Stanford carries an 11-match win streak into the postseason.
The next event is Sunday’s NCAA selection show at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Stanford hit .272 as a team and held Cal (20-10, 10-10) to a .118 clip. The Cardinal finished with 62 kills to the Bears’ 47 and out blocked Cal, 12 1/2–9.
Senior Audriana Fitzmorris led all players with 16 kills on .333 hitting. She added four blocks. Senior Kathryn Plummer recorded 13 kills, eight digs and an ace. The outside hitter moved past Kristin Folkl (1994-97) for fifth all-time in program history in career kills (1,840).
Senior setter Jenna Gray controlled the offense with 46 assists to go with six kills, seven digs and three blocks. Senior libero Morgan Hentz collected 20 digs and six assists. She movied into fourth place all-time in the Pac-12 with 2,207 digs. Senior defensive specialist Caitlin Keefe, who started the match in the back row for Meghan McClure, finished with a dig.
McClure turned in her second double-double of the season with 12 kills, on .385 hitting, and 11 digs. The outside hitter also registered a career-high six blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Holy Campbell tallied a season-high 10 kills on a .348 attack percentage and had five blocks.
Senior Madeleine Gates had a match-high seven blocks to go with five kills and two digs. Junior defensive specialist Kate Formico recorded three aces, three assists and eight digs for the Cardinal, while junior Sidney Wilson finished with a season-high three digs.
Stanford has won 16 in a row over the Golden Bears. Cal junior Mima Mirkovic, a former beach volleyball partner with Plummer, had nine kills and nine digs. Libero Emma Smith had a match-best 21 digs.