Cardinal Fends Off Beavers
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 19 Stanford snapped a four-match skid with a 25-19, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19 win over Oregon State, Sunday, at Maples Pavilion.
Junior opposite Kendall Kipp returned to the Cardinal lineup after missing its previous three matches due to injury. The opposite hit .367, registering 14 kills, five blocks and an ace.
Stanford (13-9, 8-6 Pac-12) hit .313 as a team, while holding Oregon State (4-20, 2-12 Pac-12) to a .206 clip. The Cardinal held slight edges in digs (52-51) and blocks (9.5 – 9.0) and capitalized on 25 hitting errors by the Beavers. Stanford improves to 72-0 all-time against Oregon State.
Redshirt sophomore middle blocker McKenna Vicini hit a career-high .727 with eight kills on 11 errorless swings. It was the highest hitting percentage by a Cardinal player this season (minimum 10 attempts).
Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Caitie Baird led the team with 16 kills on a .279 attack percentage to go with five digs, a block and an ace. Freshman outside hitter Sami Francis added nine kills, two blocks and two digs, while senior middle blocker Holly Campbell finished with five kills on .385 hitting and a match-high seven blocks.
Freshman setter Kami Miner controlled the offense with 47 assists to go with eight digs, five kills and three blocks. Sophomore Elena Oglivie returned to the libero position after playing outside hitter in the Cardinal's previous two matches. The Honolulu native racked up 17 digs and three assists.
Freshman defensive specialist Taylor Beaven started the match and played back row for Francis, totaling 15 digs. Junior Natalie Berty subbed in for Kipp in the back row and finished with two assists and a dig.
Oregon State was led by outside hitter Kateryna Tkachenko's match-high 17 kills. Maddie Goings added 14 kills and eight digs, while libero Grace Massey had a match-best 18 digs.
At the break between the second and third sets, the Cardinal recognized its alumni and longtime associate head coach Denise Corlett. Corlett retired in January 2020 after spending 31 seasons on the Stanford staff. She finished her time at Stanford with 875 wins and is the only common denominator in the Cardinal's NCAA record nine national championships.
Stanford remains on The Farm next week, playing host to No. 12 Washington on Thursday at 7 p.m. and No. 21 Washington State on Saturday at 8 p.m.