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Katherine Wright | NCAA.com | September 21, 2019

College volleyball: BYU upsets No. 2 Stanford, snaps the Cardinal's home win streak

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Another streak for Stanford volleyball comes to an end.

No. 12 BYU (9-2) upset No. 2 Stanford (6-2) in four sets (18-25, 25-22, 25-23, 31-29). Stanford's loss snaps a 37-game win streak at home, which dated back to Nov. 12, 2016 against UCLA.

It's been a wild week for college volleyball's top-4 with Stanford's loss to BYU on Saturday, No. 1 Nebraska's loss to Stanford and No. 3 Texas' loss to Rice on Wednesday, and No. 4 Penn State's defeat to No. 6 Pitt on Friday. This string of results leave No. 5 Baylor, Pitt, No. 11 Hawai'i and No. 24 California the final four undefeated teams left in DI women's volleyball.

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Two of the Cardinal's last three losses have come against the Cougars, including Stanford's only loss of its title season last year in a five-set August thriller.

Overall, the numbers for both teams were nearly identical on Saturday. Stanford barely outhit BYU, .238-.232 and both sides tied in digs at 62. The only disparates were in block assists (Stanford led BYU 34-22), reception errors (Stanford forced four to BYU's 1) and service aces (BYU had four to Stanford's one.)

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The Cardinal took a promising win in the first set behind a dominant .400 hitting percentage, but faltered in the final three sets for its second straight Saturday loss to a lower-ranked opponent. 

Despite Kathryn Plummer's game-leading 21 kills and .245 hitting percentage, the Cougars outhit the Cardinal .229-.152 in the second set, .273-.222 in the third set and .200-.191 in the final set. 

BYU began the fourth set on a 5-0 run. Stanford quickly tied, until BYU soared to a 20-15 lead. Plummer then spiked a point to liven the Cardinal energy that was soon dissolved with the Cougar's 24-20 match point. 

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Stanford's Audriana Fitzmorris forced a kill to jumpstart another 5-0 run, to make it 25-24. Now, it was Stanford's set point.

But the Cardinal could never pull it off.

The back-and-forth drama that ensued soon became the highlight of the match, as BYU battled through eight match points to secure the 31-29 set win.

McKenna Miller led the Cougars with 18 kills and hit for .222. Kate Grimmer (11) and Heather Gneiting (10) followed in BYU's kill count.

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