Anthony Tsodikov outlasted Viktor Farkas, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, at the No. 5 spot to propel the Stanford men's tennis team past Washington, 4-2, on Saturday in the opening round of ITA-Kickoff Weekend in Athens, Ga.
Despite losing the doubles point, Stanford (2-0) stormed back in singles play with the top of the lineup fueling the rally before Tsodikov provided the clincher.
Stanford has won nine in a row against Washington, with the past four victories taking place at different sites.
The Cardinal defeated the Huskies, 4-2, last April in Ojai during the Pac-12 Championships after winning the regular-season meeting, 4-3, in Seattle three weeks before. Two years ago, Stanford blanked Washington, 7-0, at Taube.
Washington (2-2) grabbed an early 1-0 lead, locking up victories on courts No. 1 and 3 in doubles play.
The deficit was erased quickly after Maciek Romanowicz (6-2, 6-1) and Daniel Ho (6-2, 6-2) gave Stanford a 2-1 lead and John Morrissey's 6-3, 6-5 (7-4) victory put the Cardinal on the brink of clinching.
Washington crept to within 3-2 following Jeff Hawke's 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over Trey Strobel on court four.
The Cardinal was in control on both final courts, with Tsodikov coming through with his first career clincher.
Stanford will face host No. 3 Georgia on Sunday with the winner earning a trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston, Texas next month.
The Bulldogs beat Columbia, 4-2.
Stanford defeated host San Francisco State, 33-7, on Saturday. The Cardinal moves to 13-4 overall, tying for the second-most dual wins in program history.
Freshman Tommy Pawelski opened the dual with a 10-0 major decision over Marc Collier at 125 pounds. He moves to 18-12 on the year.
The Gators took the lead at 133 pounds as Isaiah Hurtado posted a 20-4 technical fall over Stanford freshman and Gunn grad Eric Cramer, who was wrestling up at weight for the Cardinal. Sophomore Peter Russo then dropped a 7-4 decision to Dylan Phillipy at 141 pounds to give San Francisco State an 8-4 lead in the dual.
Senior Donovan Halpin cut into the Gators' lead with a 6-1 decision over Conrad Snell at 149 pounds. Senior Bret Baumbach regained the lead for Stanford with a 9-0 major decision against Tavis Ino at 157 pounds. Baumbach improved to 15-7 overall and 9-4 in duals.
Wrestling up a weight, redshirt freshman Peter Galli recorded his first major decision win of the year, 9-1 over Vincente Aboytes at 165 pounds. Senior Kyle Meyer then registered his first fall of the season, and just the second of his career, to increase the Cardinal lead to 21-8.
Sophomore Tommy Kimbrell added to Stanford's lead with a 2-1 decision over Zach Jimenez at 184 pounds while improving to 17-11 this season.
Senior Dan Scherer notched his fastest fall of the season, pinning Jesse Campos in 1:25 to move to 15-3 overall and 10-2 in duals. Ranked 19th nationally, Scherer now has five falls on the year.
Redshirt freshman heavyweight Josh Marchok finished things off for the Cardinal with a 5-1 decision over Hildelv Manzur.
Sixth-ranked Stanford captured its first conference win by sweeping Cal Baptist, 25-15, 25-18, 25-18, in Riverside. The Cardinal moved to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Lancers dropped to 2-5 on the year and 2-4 in the conference.
"I thought we played a really nice match tonight," said Stanford head coach John Kosty. "We served and passed really well. I also thought we did a nice job on our block defense."
As a team, Stanford hit .408 while holding Cal Baptist to a .176 clip. Sophomore setter James Shaw controlled the offense, racking up 31 assists. He also notched five kills and four blocks.
"James had a solid match for us tonight offensively and defensively," added Kosty.
Senior outside hitter Brian Cook paced the Cardinal with 13 kills on 23 swings with just one error to hit .522. Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin chipped in with eight kills on a .400 hitting percentage to go to seven digs.
Stanford's middles also performed well against Cal Baptist, combining for 13 kills on 16 attempts and eight blocks.
Senior Denny Falls was 7-0-9 (.778) with three blocks, while junior Spencer Haly was 6-0-7 (.857) with a match-high five blocks.
No. 4 Stanford led for the majority of the meet but finished third after a tough final rotation at the Stanford Open Saturday night in Burnham Pavilion.
The Cardinal scored 429.900 to finish behind No. 2 Michigan (433.050) and No. 6 California (430.300) in front of a sold out and raucous crowd that featured a strong contingent of fans from each school. Washington's club team also participated in the meet and placed fourth with a 363.650.
Stanford entered the final rotation on high bar poised to knock off defending national champion Michigan and earn its tenth consecutive victory over California, holding over a three-point advantage over both teams.
However, the Cardinal was unable to overcome significant holes in its high bar lineup and was passed by both opponents.
Stanford entered the meet planning on only five gymnasts competing on high bar with each of their scores counting.
However, the Cardinal had to pull Akash Modi from the lineup after he suffered a fall on parallel bars in the fifth rotation and needed stitches for a cut on the top of his head.
Modi was replaced on high bar by Andrew Misiolek who competed on the event for the first time in his collegiate career, earning an 11.900 and a round of high-fives from teammates.
Cale Robinson led the way in the event, tying his collegiate best of 14.600 to finish second.
"It was good to see the guys step up when we had to pull Akash from the competition, especially Misiolek who isn't in the high bar lineup but felt comfortable getting out there and do a routine for the team," Stanford coach Thom Glielmi said. "It was very impressive to see that from a freshman."
Despite the difficulties encountered during the final two rotations, the night was filled with highlight performances from Stanford gymnasts. Nine Cardinal athletes delivered at least one collegiate-best routine.
Dennis Zaremski had a terrific night, setting a collegiate best on rings (15.950) to place first and earning the individual victory on parallel bars with a 15.350.
"Hopefully the guys will see their potential," Glielmi said. "We were right there with Michigan and ahead of them. We were having a decent meet with a lot of the bigger difficulty routines not competing. If the guys start doing the math, they're going to realize they're in the mix. Then, it's a matter of making sure everything comes together at the end of the season."
The Cardinal got off to a strong start on floor and was led by Michael Levy who tabbed a collegiate-best 15.450 to finish tied for third. Modi delivered the Cardinal's second-highest score with a 15.250 and was followed by Jonathan Deaton (14.300) and Robinson (14.150).
It was Robinson's first performance on floor since April 7, 2012 at the MPSF Championships, after which he sustained an injury that kept him out the rest of the season and the 2013 season.
Modi continued his hot start on pommel horse with a collegiate-best 15.100 to place third. Chris Turner notched a 14.300 and Misiolek earned a collegiate-best 14.050 to help give Stanford the early lead.
The Cardinal had a big day on rings, highlighted by Zaremski's 15.950. He was followed by Levy (14.850) and Modi (14.800). Jordan DeClerk (14.750) and Brandon Beckhardt (14.150) each delivered collegiate bests to help Stanford extend its lead.
Modi finished third on vault with a 14.900, and was followed by Taylor Seaton (14.850) and Turner (14.600).
Stanford had a strong start on parallel bars with David Frankl (14.500) and Cameron Backes (14.850) earning collegiate bests. However, the Cardinal lost a big routine in the rotation when Modi suffered a fall in the fourth position. Zaremski got the team back on track with a meet-best 15.350 and DeClerk closed the event with a 14.400.
The strong finish on parallel bars kept Stanford in the top spot heading into the final rotation. However, with a majority of the starting high bar lineup sidelined, the Cardinal did not have quite enough difficulty in its routines to hold off Michigan and California.
Stanford will have next weekend off and head to Oklahoma for a dual meet on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. PT.
No. 7 Stanford defeated No. 8 Dartmouth, 6-3, and No. 12 Bates College, 7-2, on Saturday at Yale's Brady Squash Center in New Haven, Conn.
Junior Madeleine Gill was the only Cardinal to sweep her match. Playing at the No. 1 position, she defeated Jacqueline Barnes 11-4, 12-10, 11-6 for her third victory of the year.
Freshman Bailey Bondy and sophomore Caroline Gillette each won in four sets. Bondy was able to pull out two tight sets, edging Katherine Nimmo, 12-10, in both the first and fourth sets to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Gillette won the first two sets and then after Sarah Caughey fended off elimination she closed it out going 11-6 in the fourth.
The key to Stanford's victory was being able to pull out victories in three of the four matches that went to a fifth set. Freshman CC Ho had a tremendous rally after losing each of the first two sets by an 11-6 score. She came back to win the next three for her third win on the year.
Senior Serena Fagan also trailed before earning her first win of the season. She won the opening set before Nina Scott took the next two. Fagan bounced back with an 11-5 win in the fourth and then closed it out 11-8 in the fifth.
Junior Ally Huchro put together a clutch third set after she dropped the first two against Kensy Balch. Huchro pulled out a 14-12 victory to extend the match and then used the momentum to win the fourth and fifth by an 11-4 count.