The No. 1 seed Stanford girls’s volleyball crew (28-3, 19-1 Pac-12) defeated Fresno State (19-14, 10-8 Mountain West) in straight units on Friday night at Maples.
The primary sport of the NCAA Event for each groups, the primary set noticed the Bulldogs and Cardinal discovering their footing. Kills from redshirt senior outdoors hitter Caitie Baird, redshirt senior center blocker McKenna Vicini and sophomore outdoors hitter Elia Rubin kicked off the set, however Fresno State shortly matched Stanford level for level, finally taking a small lead. A sneaky kill by Rubin left the gang cheering and the rating tied at 9-9.
Fifth-year reverse Kendall Kipp slammed down one other level to tie the sport at 13-13, and junior center blocker Sami Francis adopted swimsuit with one other assault for 14-14. Junior setter Kami Miner’s sneaky two-handed slam and Rubin’s well-executed tip pushed the Cardinal lead forward.
Senior libero Elena Oglivie’s dig kicked Stanford’s lead as much as 23-21, eliciting applause. With two assault errors from Fresno State, set one concluded with a 25-21 win for the Cardinal.
“The primary match of the match is at all times robust,” stated head coach Kevin Hambly. “The primary set is extremely robust discovering your rhythm … after which we settled in and performed Stanford volleyball.”
Getting back from the set one victory, Stanford held the Bulldogs to a .031 hitting proportion. An ace by Baird left Maples roaring, and a double block by Baird and Francis saved the Fresno State offense at bay. Stanford didn’t maintain again on its offense: Baird slammed the top to a Bulldogs rally for Stanford’s twelfth level, and from Miner to Vicini to the hardwood, the Cardinal’s skillful ball management pushed their result in 16-9.
Kills from Kipp, Rubin, Francis and Baird prepped the Stanford win — and one other two errors from Fresno State left the Cardinal at a 13-point lead, a 25-12 victory.
“They have been scrappy and so they examined us at occasions, so it was good to simply keep collectively. Used what we did in apply this week to actually put it to them a bit of bit,” Baird stated.
Stanford was on a roll. Hitting at a .500 proportion, the Cardinal returned to set three with their eyes on the sweep. Again-to-back kills from Baird obtained the gang roaring, and Vicini’s block gave one other defensive level to Stanford.
Kills from Rubin, Francis, Vicini and Baird pushed Stanford right into a 7-point lead. Oglivie saved the Bulldogs on their toes, holding the ball in play till Vicini slammed it down.
A sub by Stanford introduced freshman outdoors hitter Julia Blyashov onto the court docket, and together with her got here one other three factors for Stanford. A kill by Blyashov left the gang aroar and the rating at 23-12.
Sophomore setter Kelly Belardi and freshman reverse Jordyn Harvey entered the sport and shortly slammed one other level for Stanford to make the rating 24-14. One service error from Stanford was adopted by one from the Bulldogs, closing the sport with a 25-15 win for Stanford.
“It’s tourney time and all of us perceive what which means,” Oglivie stated. “I believe now we have to take each sport severely, each level severely, and I believe we did that particularly in direction of the top.
The following day, Stanford defeated No. 8 Houston (19-10, 11-7 Large 12) in 5 units to advance to the Candy Sixteen. The Cardinal outmatched the Cougars within the first two units, successful by ten and 5 respectively. Houston received each of the next two units 25-22, leaving set 5 to resolve the winner. However Stanford picked it again up within the fifth set, successful 15-7.
The win despatched the Cardinal to the Candy Sixteen, its twentieth time since 1998.
Stanford had a season-high of 78 kills and hit a .401 with 12 blocks, 60 digs and 4 aces. The sport noticed Rubin’s career-high of 23 kills and document .415 for the match with 12 digs, for her twelfth double-double of the season.
Oglivie recorded the match-best 19 digs and contributed 5 assists all through the match. Baird delivered a formidable efficiency with 16 kills on a hitting proportion of .412, together with 5 digs, three assists and a block. Kipp additionally marked 16 kills and contributed eight digs, six blocks and an ace.
Center blockers Francis and Vicini performed powerfully to push Stanford to a win. Francis hit .588 with 12 kills, 4 blocks and three digs, and Vicini added her match-high eight blocks with eight kills, hitting a formidable .500. And sophomore protection specialist Anna Pringle secured an ace through the essential fifth set, pushing the Cardinal to an early 4-1 lead.
The second spherical win pushes the Cardinal into the regional semifinals. Stanford will play Arizona State on Dec. 7 in Maples Pavilion. The sport is about to begin at 8:30 p.m. PT.