TUCSON, Ariz. – Inky Ajanaku recorded a match-high 15 kills on .565 hitting to lead No. 3 Stanford (23-5, 16-3 Pac-12) to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 27-25) victory over Arizona (19-12, 9-10 Pac-12) on Wednesday night inside McKale Center.
Stanford hit a solid .333 for the match while Arizona hit just .164. The Cardinal played solid defense as they out-blocked (10.0-8.0) and out-dug the Wildcats (55-45).
Along with her 15 kills, Ajanaku also recorded a match-high seven blocks. Teammate Brittany Howard added 10 kills and 11 digs. Meanwhile, Madi Bugg dished out a match-high 44 assists with eight digs, four blocks and three kills. Kyle Gilbert finished with a match-high 19 digs to lead the Stanford defense.
Madi Kingdon recorded her 13th double-double of the season with team-highs of 12 kills and 13 digs. Penina Snuka was just one dig away from a double-double as she finished with 31 assists and nine digs. Candace Nicholson recorded her 25th double figure dig match as she finished with 10 digs on the night. Shaquillah Torres was the most efficient Wildcat on the night as she had six kills on .556 hitting.
Arizona jumped out of the gate with a strong start as it opening the match with a 9-5 advantage. The Wildcats remained in front until Stanford battled back to even the score late in the set, 19-19. From there, the Cardinal went on a 6-2 run to clinch the set, 25-21. Kingdon led the Wildcats in the set with seven kills, but the Cats hit just .125 as a team.
Stanford rode the momentum from the first set victory into the second set as it took an 8-4 lead. Arizona immediately went on a 5-1 lead to even the score at 9-9. The Cardinal would not let the Wildcats pull in front; however, as Stanford won the next three points to take the lead, 12-9. From there, it was all Stanford as Arizona could not get any closer. The Cardinal took the set 25-17. Stanford was nearly flawless in the set as it hit .556 with just two attack errors.
It was all Arizona in set three as the Wildcats got out to a 17-11 lead as Stanford never had the lead in the early part of the frame. However, Stanford reeled off the next five points to pull within one. After the Wildcats went back in front 19-17, the Cardinal won the next two points to even the score 19-19. The two teams traded the next two points for a 20-20 tie, but Stanford won two straight to take a 22-20 lead. Arizona battled back to tie the score 23-23, 24-24 and 25-25, but Stanford won the next two points to clinch the set and match.
The Wildcats will close out the regular season against Arizona State for Senior Day on Friday at 5 p.m. The match will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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