Women's Volleyball

Card Wins Top 5 Battle

PULLMAN, Wash. – In its third top-5 matchup of the season, No. 3 Stanford defeated No. 4 Washington State, 31-29, 29-27, 23-25, 25-18, Sunday, at Bohler Gym.

With the win, Stanford (13-2, 6-0) takes sole possession of first place in the Pac-12, notching its 24th consecutive conference win dating back to last season. The Cardinal remains undefeated on the road at 9-0.

Outside hitter Caitie Baird hit .486 with 18 kills on 35 swings with just one miscue. The redshirt senior also tallied seven digs, three blocks and an ace. Sophomore Elia Rubin finished with a match-high 21 kills and 10 digs for her seventh double-double of the year.

The Cardinal won its 12th straight match against the Cougars (15-2, 5-1 Pac-12). Stanford out hit Washington State, .287 to .211, and tallied 14.0 blocks and 10 aces.

Setter Kami Miner racked up a season-high 59 assists to go with eight digs, three blocks, two aces and two kills. Libero Elena Oglivie totaled a season-best 27 digs, one shy of her career-high, five assists and three aces.

Opposite Kendall Kipp finished with 20 kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace. Middle blocker McKenna Vicini tallied nine kills on 17 errorless swings to hit .529, to go with six blocks.

Senior Malia Tufuga posted a match-high seven blocks, including two solo. Defensive specialist Anna Pringle chipped in with two aces and an assist.

The teams battled through the first two sets, seeing a combined 37 tie scores and 16 lead changes. The Cougars never trailed in the third, while the Cardinal did the same in the fourth.

Washington State was led by Katy Ryan's 14 kills on .391 hitting, while middle blocker Magda Jehlarova added 10 kills and a team-high six blocks. Setter Argentina Ung turned in a double-double with 42 assists and 17 digs.

Stanford returns to The Farm next week, playing host to USC on Friday at 8 p.m. and UCLA on Sunday at Noon. Both matches will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.