Jaicee Harris led WSU with eight kills and 12 digs while Kate Sommer added another 10 digs. Haley MacDonald had 12 assists and Camryn Irwin had 10 assists.
Inky Ajanaku led the Cards and the match with 10 kills and eight blocks. Jordan Burgess added nine kills and hit .474 for the match. Madi Bugg had three service aces. Stanford hit .282 for the match and held WSU to a .115 hitting percentage. The Cardinal out-blocked the Cougars 12 to three.
WSU made a solid effort in the third set, down by four late in the set and denying Stanford at two match points.
“Stanford is an incredibly great team, very balanced,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “Defensively I thought that our digging was great. We out-dug Stanford. We probably needed to get our blocking going a little earlier. In the third set I thought it was good. But defensively as far as digging goes we did a pretty well. We did have some moments of greatness tonight so if we can just reflect on those and build on that and then focus on Cal tomorrow, then we should be ok. This is a tough weekend (because) we play back-to-back. Cal has been sitting around; they played Washington on Wednesday so they have had some time to prepare. I think that if we come back with the right mentality and we’re aggressive I think we’ll be ok.”
WSU hosts California (3-3 Pac-12, 10-5 overall) Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym.