The fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team needed a quick reminder during the intermission that changes were needed. The Cardinal paid attention, returning to the court with a little more enthusiasm and a lot more focus.
That led to Stanford's 30-24, 27-30, 30-19, 30-17 victory over No. 19 Oregon at Maples Pavilion on Thursday night.
"We've been dropping the second game recently," Stanford junior Erin Waller said. "When we went into the locker room we talked about changes that were needed and we wanted to play with more energy. We made the change."
Waller recorded six of her 10 kills in the fourth game, including a kill for the go-ahead point.
"I just wanted to spark the team whatever way I could," said Waller, who hit .450 for the match. "If it means being goofy I'll do that. It's the only way I know how to play."
Freshman Alix Klineman led Stanford (10-2, 20-2) with 16 kills. Foluke Akinradewo had 13 kills, hit .667, and had eight blocks.
Cynthia Barboza had 12 kills, 13 digs and four service aces as the Cardinal hit .303.
Stanford hosts Oregon State on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Jess Zutz scored two goals as Stanford defeated visiting Appalachian State, 5-1, in the first round of the NorPac Conference tournament on Thursday.
The Cardinal (11-8) clinched its first winning season in six years and advanced to Friday's 3 p.m. semifinal against Radford, a 2-1 upset winner over Pacific.
Stanford, co-champions with Cal and the second seed, scored the first five goals of the contest.
Stanford received a verbal commitment from Desert Vista High wide receiver Luke Matthews (6-3, 195) on Tuesday.
Matthews is considered a sure-handed possession receiver who uses his size well, although he may be used on defense.
Men's water polo
Will Hindle-Katel scored four goals and fourth-ranked Stanford handed visiting UC Santa Cruz a 22-5 loss in a nonconference affair on Thursday night.
Cody Wiesen and Janson Wigo each added three goals for the Cardinal (11-6).
Andrew Drake, Palo Alto grad Ryan Fortune, and Ryan McCarthy each scored two goals. Brian Pingree made seven saves in the net for Stanford, which hosts UC Davis on Saturday at 1 p.m.