Battle Goes to the Huskies
SEATTLE – A career-high 25 kills by redshirt freshman Caitie Baird was not enough as Stanford dropped a 22-25, 19-25, 25-22, 27-29 decision at No. 8 Washington, Friday, at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Washington (14-3) out hit Stanford (2-7) .285 to .232 and held a 66-59 edge in digs. The Cardinal registered 10.0 blocks and had an 8-5 advantage in aces.
For the second straight match, Baird eclipsed her career-high in kills and finished with eight digs. The Indianapolis native took nearly twice as many swings as any of her teammates, finishing with 56 attempts and a .286 hitting percentage.
Senior Meghan McClure was the only other Cardinal with double-digit kills, totaling 10 to go with 16 digs, a block and an ace. Sophomore Natalie Berty added six kills, four digs and four blocks.
Sophomore Selina Xu dished out 38 assists, while junior Mackenzie Fidelak had 11. Both Xu and Fidelak registered two aces. Freshman libero Elena Oglivie, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, racked up a team-high 17 digs.
Stanford middle blockers Annabelle Smith and McKenna Vicini each posted five kills. Smith finished with five blocks, while Vicini had four, including one solo. Freshman Malia Tufuga played in three sets and notched an ace.
Samantha Drechsel led Washington with 23 kills on .588 hitting and 18 digs. Madi Endsley added 18 kills, while Claire Hoffman had 10 for the Huskies.
Stanford and Washington square off again on Sunday at Noon on Pac-12 Networks.