College volleyball: No. 17 Stanford downs No. 7 Washington
STANFORD, Calif. - It was a clean sweep for Stanford women's volleyball on Wednesday night. The Cardinal won in straight sets and swept the season series over No. 7 Washington with a 25-16, 25-20, 26-24 victory at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford (13-6, 7-4 Pac-12) has won seven straight over the Huskies at Maples Pavilion dating back to 2007. The Cardinal has handed Washington (18-3, 8-3 Pac-12) two of its three losses this season and halted the Huskies seven-match winning streak (last loss was also to Stanford on Sept. 28 in Seattle).
Freshman Kathryn Plummer and redshirt senior Inky Ajanaku helped Stanford secure its first back-to-back sweeps in Pac-12 play this season. Plummer earned her team-best fifth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 15 digs, while Ajanaku finished with 11 kills on a season-high .786 hitting percentage.
Stanford jumped out to a 4-0 and 7-2 lead in the opening set and never looked back. The Cardinal hit .536 and posted a sideout rate of 81 percent en route to the 25-16 first-set win.
The Huskies led the second set, 10-9, but Stanford scored six of the next seven points and went on to win the set, 25-20.
In the final set, the visitors led 10-4 before the Cardinal rallied off six straight points to tie it. Washington led 19-16, before Stanford answered back to take a 24-21 advantage. The Huskies fended off three straight match points before consecutive kills by Ajanaku ended the match.
Up next, the Cardinal hosts No. 18 Washington State at 6 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 28. The match can be seen on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Washington.