Oct. 24, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - After its last three matches went to five sets, the No. 2 Stanford women's volleyball team recorded a sweep over visiting Arizona, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20, Wednesday, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal improves to 19-2 overall and 11-0 in the Pac-12, while the Wildcats fall to 12-10 overall and 4-7 in the conference.
Freshman middle blocker Inky Ajanaku led the team with 11 kills on 19 swings with just one error (.526) to go with four blocks. Junior middle blocker Carly Wopat totaled nine kills, three blocks and hit .500 in the match. Freshman outside hitter Jordan Burgess also posted nine kills and racked up 12 digs and tied her career high with three aces. Junior Rachel Williams finished with eight kills and a season-best .412 hitting percentage.
Senior setter Karissa Cook tallied 22 assists and eight digs, while freshman setter Madi Bugg collected 18 assists and eight digs. Sophomore libero Kyle Gilbert totaled a match-high 18 digs. Stanford outhit Arizona .292 to .130 in the match.
Stanford secured a 25-19 win in the opening set over Arizona. The Cardinal hit .394 and limited the Wildcats to a .161 clip. The score remained close early, but Stanford pulled away down the stretch. Ajanaku led all players with seven kills and three blocks. Burgess added three kills, while Wopat and sophomore Morgan Boukather registered two kills each. Sophomore Madi Kingdon led Arizona with four kills and three digs.
The Cardinal captured the second set 25-18 to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Stanford fell behind early as there were nine tie scores and five lead changes in the set. Both teams committed seven attack errors in the set, but the Cardinal outhit the `Cats .132 to .023. Burgess and Williams led Stanford offensively with three kills each, while Bugg and Gilbert each racked up six digs for the defense. Halli Amaro paced Arizona with four kills in the set.
Stanford completed the sweep with a 25-20 win in the third. The Cardinal, which fell behind early, outhit the Wildcats .357 to .208 in the set. Wopat led Stanford with five kills and a solo blocks, while Burgess added three kills and six digs. Williams tallied four kills in the set and Gilbert registered nine digs. Kingdon and Amaro finished with 10 kills each to lead Arizona.
Stanford wraps-up the week against Arizona State on Friday, Oct. 26. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Maples Pavilion.