Top seed Stanford Women’s Volleyball Team won against Fresno State in straight sets on Friday. It was the first NCAA tournament game for both teams. Also, they found their footing in the first set. It started with kills from outside hitter Caitie Baird, blocker McKenna Vicini, and outside hitter Elia Rubin. However, Fresno State stayed within reach and finally led by a point. Rubin sneaked a kill to tie the score at 9-9.
Kendall Kipp, a fifth-year opposite, scored again to bring the score to 13-13, and Sami Francis, a junior middle blocker, added another point for 14-14. The Cardinals took the lead thanks to a deft two-handed smash by junior setter Kami Miner and a well-executed tip by Rubin.
According to sportsbook reviews and news sites, the dig by Stanford senior libero Elena Oglivie put the score up to 23-21, and the crowd went wild. The first set ended in a 25-21 victory for the Cardinals due to Fresno State’s two attack faults.
After winning the first set, Stanford kept the Bulldogs to a.031 hitting % in their second match. A combination of Baird’s ace and Francis’s double block silenced the Fresno State offense, and Maples went ballistic afterward. The Cardinals led 16-9, with Baird’s point ending a Bulldogs rally. The Cardinals’ offense was relentless, starting from Vicini and Miner. In addition, it continued onto the hardwood.
Top Seed Stanford Women’s Volleyball Team
The Cardinals took a 13-point lead, winning 25-12, thanks to kills from Kipp, Francis, Rubin, and Baird and two more mistakes from Fresno State.
Stanford scored a lot of runs. With the sweep in their sights, the Cardinal returned to set three while hitting at a.500 %. The crowd went wild after two consecutive kills by Baird, and Stanford earned another defensive point thanks to a block by Vicini.
Stanford took a 7-point lead with kills by Francis, Rubin, Vicini, and Baird. Oglivie kept the Bulldogs guessing by maintaining possession of the ball until Vicini smacked it down.