No. 3 ladies’s volleyball (15-2, 8-0 Pac-12) continued its excellent season with a 3-0 win towards USC (11-7, 5-3 Pac-12) on Friday night and a 3-1 win towards UCLA (10-8, 2-6, Pac-12) on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal improved to 8-0 within the Pac-12 following this weekend’s victories.
The Friday recreation began shut, with each USC and Stanford matching one another level for level. The primary set was twisted up at 5-5 after the primary 10 factors.
However Stanford started to drag away and ended the set with a 25-22 win after a kill by sophomore exterior hitter Elia Rubin and a service ace from fifth-year reverse Kendall Kipp.
Set two began sturdy, with the Cardinal hitting 10 straight factors and concluding with an 11-point set victory. A block from Rubin and junior center blocker Sami Francis ended the set at 25-14, and put Stanford in a commanding 2-0 lead.
The Cardinal and Trojans held sturdy for set three, with seven ties occurring in the beginning of the set. But Stanford held USC to a .000 hitting share and performed an unbelievable offensive recreation, hitting .562. Because of this total effort, the Cardinal have been in a position to get out to a giant lead towards the center of the set. With a kill from redshirt senior exterior hitter Caitie Baird and an assault error from USC, the Cardinal received set three with one other 11-point lead. The 25-14 victory ended the Friday recreation with a 3-0 sweep for the Stanford ladies’s volleyball workforce.
Stanford returned to Maples Pavilion to face UCLA on Sunday for its Pink Match in recognition of Breast Most cancers Consciousness Month in October.
“UCLA got here prepared. They got here to play,” stated ladies’s volleyball coach Kevin Hambly. “Going into it, we knew they have been large, we knew they have been bodily.”
That includes kills from each groups, the sport noticed a number of ties all through the primary set. Regardless of getting out to an early 17-12 lead, issues modified for the Cardinal when UCLA submitted a problem for a web violation. This turned the purpose to UCLA and shrunk Stanford’s result in 16-13. Later UCLA strung collectively a 4-point run to tie the sport at 18 apiece. On the subsequent level, Stanford’s Caitie Baird shut down UCLA’s 4-0 run with a kill, ending the lengthy rally with some extent for Stanford to place the rating at 19-18. Regardless of getting three kills from Rubin and one from junior settler Kami Miner, the set ended with a decent 25-27 win for UCLA.
Set two as soon as extra noticed the offensive prowess of each UCLA and Stanford. For the Cardinal, the set featured a number of kills from redshirt senior center blocker McKenna Vicini, Baird, Kipp and Rubin, in addition to three service aces.
At 22-17, Stanford challenged UCLA’s level for the ball being out of bounds, however the name was confirmed and the sport continued at 22-17. Following three kills from Baird, the Cardinals confronted the Bruins at 24-20, and later, a closing kill by Baird closed the tight set with a victory for Stanford at 25-23.
The third set noticed a shift within the workforce.
“We got here out with vitality that felt a bit of bit off and we weren’t taking part in fairly our recreation,” Kipp stated. “However I believe we did a extremely good job simply reassessing and turning it round.”
Beginning sturdy with a kill from Kipp, the 2 groups battled it out on the court docket, just for the Cardinal to drag away after three kills from Kipp and one every from Rubin and Francis. Seeing two service aces from Stanford and 5 assault errors from UCLA, Stanford’s 16-12 lead was solidified with one other kill from Kipp. The Cardinal started to push their lead with a string of kills from Miner, Francis and Baird, settling the rating at 21-15. And with one other service ace and kill, the workforce stood one level away from a victory at 24-18. UCLA put up a battle for the ultimate level, hitting one kill, however with one final kill from Kipp, the Cardinal closed the set with a 25-20 success.
Set 4 noticed a fair stronger tone from Stanford, because the Cardinal dominated with a .609 PCT. Starting with Baird’s 3-0 run for the workforce, the Cardinal shortly pushed forward to 12-4 with kills from Kipp, Rubin, Baird and Francis. Although UCLA retaliated with kills to push the rating to 14-7, Stanford stored its offensive tone with a 10-0 run to a 24-8 lead. Following a fast coaches problem from UCLA on the final play, a closing kill from Kipp ended set 4 with a 25-10 victory for the Cardinal.
The Stanford UCLA recreation noticed Baird’s first double-double of the season together with her match-high of 17 kills and 11 digs. Kipp and Rubin each completed with 16 kills every, Kipp with an extra 9 digs, 4 blocks and two aces, and Rubin including one other 14 digs and three blocks. Francis marked six kills, 4 blocks and a dig, and Vicini added a triumphant .400 with 4 kills and 5 blocks. Senior Iibero Elena Oglivie noticed a match-high of 19 digs, two aces and two assists. Miner, who leads the nation in assists per set, performed sturdy with 52 assists, seven digs, 4 kills and two blocks.
“They make my job straightforward,” Miner stated. “I’ve the perfect hitters and so they’re all the time nice at giving me suggestions. That communication is actually necessary for me and getting in rhythm with all people.”
The significance of teamwork is seen: Hambly, Kipp and Miner all acknowledged the significance of the workforce’s sturdy communication and coordination within the victory towards UCLA.
The Stanford ladies’s volleyball workforce continues its season within the Beaver State. Stanford performs Oregon State on Friday and the College of Oregon on Sunday.