With her talent, sunny personality and Nigerian background, Inky Ajanaku reminds a lot of people at Stanford of former basketball star Chiney Ogwumike, but she needs a final four appearance to complete the package.
It took five sets for Washington and Penn State to win their regional matches to advance to volleyball's final four. Top seeded Texas and gritty Wisconsin had an easier time en route to a semis showdown.
Washington will get to play for a national championship at home if it can reach the final four, which will be held in Seattle. But will that prospect prove a distraction for the first-place Huskies in the treacherous Pac-12?
The Longhorns' programs helped significantly to pave the way for women's sports. It's fitting that they should win their first title in a prominent women's team sport since 1988 in the 40th anniversary year of Title IX.