Oct. 24, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – Freshman Inky Ajanaku finished with a match-high 11 kills and No. 2 Stanford (19-2, 11-0 Pac-12) held off Arizona (12-10, 4-7 Pac-12), 3-0 (19-25, 18-25. 20-25), to remain undefeated in Pac-12 play on Wednesday night inside Maples Pavilion.
Ajanaku was phenomenal as she recorded just one error and hit .526 for the match, while also adding four blocks. Stanford hit .292 and held Arizona to just .130 hitting. Kyle Gilbert was strong defensively for the Cardinal by adding a match-high 18 digs.
The Cats were led by freshman Halli Amaro (Los Alamitos, Calif.) with 10 kills and a solid .389 hitting percentage. Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) also chipped in 10 kills but was held to just a .075 attack efficiency. Candace Nicholson (Long Beach, Calif.) and Ronni Lewis (San Jose, Calif.) recorded 13 and 10 digs, respectively, to lead the Arizona defense.
The opening set started with both teams battling back and forth to a 12-12 tie. Stanford quickly turned the tie into a 4-0 run to go in front 16-12. The Wildcats pulled to within two at 20-18 but that was as close as they would get. Stanford pulled away to take a 25-19 victory.
The second set started out much like the opening set with the two teams battling to a 10-10 tie. The Cardinal once again broke the tie by stringing together three straight points to go in front 13-10. Arizona battled back to tie the score at 16, but Stanford went on another 3-0 run to take a 19-16 lead. The Cardinal held on for a 25-18 victory to go in front 2-0.
Arizona took the early lead in the third set, but Stanford quickly closed the gap and tied the score 10-10. The Cardinal won the next three points to pull ahead 13-10. The Wildcats were only able to pull within two as Stanford pulled away for the 25-20 victory to clinch the match.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday as they play at California at 6 p.m. The match will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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