PULLMAN, Wash. – The seventh-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball swept Washington State, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21, Friday, at Bohler Gym in Pullman, Wash. The Cardinal moves to 13-3 on the season and 6-1 in the Pac-12, while the Cougars fall to15-5 overall and 2-5 in the conference.
Stanford posted its 11th 3-0 win of the season, finishing with 12.0 blocks and a .282 team hitting percentage. Washington State tallied 3.0 blocks and hit .115.
Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku led Stanford with 10 kills and eight blocks. Sophomore Jordan Burgess added nine kills on a .474 attack percentage and tied her season-high with three blocks. Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat finished with seven kills and now has 999 for her career. Senior outside hitter Rachel Williams notched seven kills and eight digs, while sophomore Brittany Howard posted seven kills, eight digs and three blocks, including the 100th of her career.
Sophomore setter Madi Bugg finished with 29 assists, four digs and three service aces in the win. Junior libero Kyle Gilbert totaled 10 digs, marking the 14th time this season she has registered double-digit digs.
Stanford opened the match with a 25-17 win in the first set. The Cardinal hit .438, recording 15 kills on 32 attempts with just one error. Stanford, which also registered four blocks, held WSU to a .242 attack percentage. Ajanaku and Burgess led the team with four kills apiece, while Williams and Howard added three each. Junior Jaicee Harris led WSU with five kills and six digs.
The Cardinal rolled to a 25-15 win in the second set. Stanford held WSU to a .000 attack percentage in the set and tallied five more blocks to bring its match total to nine. The Cardinal leads the nation with 3.03 blocks per set. Wopat led Stanford with four kills and two blocks, while Burgess added three kills and two blocks. Ajanaku pitched in with two kills and three blocks in the set. Senior Mary Ellen Luck entered the match and registered four digs in the second.
Stanford held off WSU 25-21 to complete the sweep. The Cardinal added three more blocks in the set and hit .200, while holding the Cougars to a .108 clip. Ajanaku led Stanford with four kills and three blocks. Howard and Williams added three kills each in the set. Harris finished with eight kills and 12 digs to lead the Cougars.
Stanford wraps-up the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 20 at No. 6 Washington. First serve between the Cardinal and Huskies, who swept California earlier in the week, is set for 4:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.