Information from the Arizona’s media relations department contributed to this report.
Arizona accomplished something it had not done since 2005, and did so in impressive, dominant fashion — the Wildcats defeated Stanford at home, sweeping the defending national champion and seventh-ranked Cardinal (25-17, 25-16, 25-14).
Arizona became the first team to defeat Stanford in straight sets while holding the Cardinal to fewer than 20 points in every set since rally scoring was introduced in NCAA volleyball in 2001.
The victory was Arizona’s ninth in 79 meetings with the Cardinal. It was the first straight-set win since Oct. 26, 2000.
The Wildcats (1-4, 1-4 Pac-12) will go for their first sweep of the Cardinal (0-1, 0-1 Pac-12) since the 2005 season when the teams meet again at McKale Center. Friday’s loss marked Stanford’s first since Oct. 25, 2019, ending a 17-match winning streak.
The Wildcats hit .274 in the match while holding Stanford to an .057 mark.
Arizona aced the Cardinal eight times, including a career-high-tying three from Dilara Gedikoglu and had a 38-29 dig advantage, led by Kamaile Hiapo’s eight.
Arizona was led offensively once again by a pair of freshmen, continuing their early-season success. Sofia Maldonado-Diaz led the Cats with 11 kills on .318 hitting while Jaelyn Hodge finished second on the team with eight kills. Senior Paige Whipple added seven kills.
Freshman setter Emery Herman finished with 24 assists, four kills, three digs and two blocks.
Arizona’s match Leaders:
KILLS: Sofia Maldonado-Diaz (11)
ASSISTS: Emery Herman (24)
ACES: Dilara Gedikoglu (3)
DIGS: Kamaile Hiapo (11)
BLOCKS: Zyonna Fellows (3)