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Cardinal women head into showdown following a win
|The No. 1 Stanford women's volleyball team pushed its winning streak to 19 with a 25-18, 32-30, 25-14 sweep over Oregon State, Friday, in Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. The Cardinal moves to 21-2 overall and 13-0 in the Pac-12, while the Beavers fall to 13-12 overall and 3-10 in the conference.
Freshman Brittany Howard led the Cardinal with her fifth double-double of the season. She finished with 14 kills and 13 digs. Junior middle blocker Carly Wopat added 12 kills on 17 swings with no errors for a career-high .706 hitting percentage. Junior Rachel Williams totaled eight kills, seven digs and three blocks for the Cardinal, while freshman Jordan Burgess tallied nine kills and 10 digs.
Senior Karissa Cook and freshman Madi Bugg recorded 21 and 18 assists for Stanford, respectively. Sophomore libero Kyle Gilbert turned her ninth match of the season reaching the 20-dig plateau. Stanford outhit OSU .261 to .151. The 19 match winning streak marks the longest for the Cardinal since the 2001 season.
Stanford took care of business in the opening set with a 25-18 win. The Cardinal hit .344 to .281 by the Beavers as both teams committed just three attack errors. The score was close early, but a 5-1 run midway through the set put it out of reach for OSU. Freshman Inky Ajanaku, Burgess and Wopat each had three kills to lead Stanford. Howard racked up five digs to lead the defense. Freshman Sara Almen led OSUwith four kills.
The Cardinal escaped with a 32-30 win in the second set. Stanford jumped out to an early lead, but OSU tied it at 21-21. From there, it was back-and-forth until the Cardinal came out on top. Stanford hit just .183 in the second while holding OSU to a .138 clip. Burgess and Howard had six kills each to lead the Cardinal. Williams added four kills in the set to go with five digs. Senior Camille Saxton led the Beavers, which posted seven blocks in the second, with six kills and eight digs.
Stanford completed the sweep with a 25-14 win in the third set. The Cardinal posted a .333 attack percentage while forcing the Beavers to hit .050. There were seven tie scores and three lead changes early, but Stanford capitalized on a 6-0 run to seal the win. Wopat and Howard were on fire in the set with six kills apiece. Gilbert collected nine digs to anchor the defense. Saxton finished with 11 kills and 13 digs to lead Oregon State.
Stanford wraps-up the weekend at Oregon, a No. 1 versus No. 2 showdown in Eugene, Ore. The Cardinal and Ducks square off on the Pac-12 Networks at 1 p.m. Oregon suffered a 3-2 loss to visiting Cal on Friday night.
Third-ranked Stanford made its home debut of the 2012-13 campaign in grand fashion with a 184-104 domination of No. 25 Wisconsin Friday at the Avery Aquatic Center.
A midweek Pac-12 Conference meeting with California now awaits the Cardinal (1-0), with Wednesday's dual meet at Avery Aquatic Center slated to begin at 3 p.m. (PT). Live results will be available at GoStanford.com.
Will Gunderson, David Nolan, Matthew Swanston and Aaron Wayne started the show by going 3:15.65 for the win in the 400 medley relay, nearly six seconds ahead of the Stanford's second-place tandem of Tom Kremer, Sebastian Wigstrom, Gary Umbach and Andrew Saeta (3:21.11).
Youth was served in the 1,000 free as Danny Thomson (9:07.31) finished first in front of Matt Thompson (9:25.98). Mitchell Stoehr's 9:31.87 gave Stanford a 1-2-3 showing in the distance event.
Bryan Offutt (1:39.28) led Stanford in the 200 free with a second-place performance and Swanston (49.52) touched first for a win in the 100 back, edging out second-place Saeta (49.57).
Mason Shaw (55.99) and Wigstrom (58.21) went 1-2 in the 100 breast.
Mack Montgomery (1:49.26), Kremer (1:50.14) and Thomas Stephens (1:50.28) teamed to top the field in the 200 fly.
Dashing to post a win in the 50 free was Jake Hartley (20.48), the first of the top four Cardinal swimmers in the standings. Sean Duggan (20.69), Jack Lane (20.76) and James Ross (21.56) followed suit.
Kristian Ipsen (400.95) put on a show off the 1-meter board to win the event. Ipsen saved his best performances on the day for the 3-meter, posting 406.80 points to lead the field.
Duggan (45.57) raced his way to first in the 100 free and Thompson (1:47.66) replicated the feat in the 200 back.
Shaw (2:02.81) stroked to gold in the 200 breast while Wisconsin picked up a win behind Michael Weiss' 4:26.97 in the 500 free. Wayne (48.15) flew by the field in the 100 fly.
Stanford finished the day with a 1:20.21 in the 200 free relay as Nolan, Wayne, Saeta and Hartley each turned in sub-21.00 second 50-yard dashes to top the field.
Maddy Schaefer was responsible for three wins as No. 5 Stanford downed No. 23 Wisconsin, 159-130, for a women's swimming and diving dual meet victory Friday at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Schaefer posted individual wins in the 50 and 200 free while teaming to capture gold in the 400 medley relay.
The Cardinal improved to 2-0 on the season in dual meets and gets back into the pool at the Ohio State Invitational (Nov. 30-Dec. 2) to wrap up the fall portion of the 2012-13 slate. Stanford's divers will travel to the Arizona Diving Invite (Nov. 16-18).
The 400 medley relay squad of Schaefer, Katie Olsen, Haley Sims and Andi Murez went 3:47.11 to pick up the opening win on the day.
Wisconsin responded with a win in the 1,000 free as Jenny Holtzen touched first in 10:01.99. Allison Brown was second in 10:05.65.
The tides shifted when Schaefer (1:48.57) and Maya DiRado (1:48.98) claimed the top two spots in the 200 free.
Annemarie Thayer (55.09), Megan Fischer-Colbrie (56.12), and Murez (56.16) went 1-2-3 in the 100 back with Sarah Haase (1:03.17) and KC Moss (1:03.52) taking first and second in the 100 breast.
Stanford's winning streak continued in the 200 fly behind the efforts of Andie Taylor (2:02.30) and her first-place showing. Kaia Simmons was second in 2:02.83 with Kristie Chen finishing in 2:03.10.
Schaefer's second individual win came in the form of a 22.81 in the 50 free.
In 3-meter diving action, Stephanie Phipps (302.33) led a trio of Cardinal divers on top of the leaderboard. Sloane Brazina (270.23) and Alexandra Clay (252.45) were second and third, respectively.
Brazina (275.55) outscored the field in the 1-meter event, posting slightly more than one point over Lillian Hinrichs (274.13).
Wisconsin's Ruby Martin (51.36) and Ivy Martin (51.40) led the pack in the 100 free as Julia Ama (51.49) took third.
Hannah Ross (1:59.87) won the 200 back for the Badgers, touching in front of Fischer-Colbrie (1:59.87).
Olsen (2:15.29) and Moss (2:16.56) paced the field in the 200 breast with Taylor (4:55.53) holding off Thayer (4:54.54) for the win in the 500 free.
Jaynie Pulte (57.26) was second in the 100 fly as Julia Ama (57.71) earned silver for the Cardinal.
DiRado's 4:15.96 was the top time in the 400 individual medley.
Murez, Ama, Fischer-Colbrie and Sims teamed to go 1:35.49 in the 200 free relay to end the meet.
One day after 31 shots yielded only two goals, No. 14 Stanford unquestionably made the most of its scoring opportunities.
As a result, a familiar outcome has led to an unknown challenge.
Paced by Hope Burke's second hat trick of the year, Stanford overwhelmed rival California 6-2 on Friday afternoon in the semifinal round of the NorPac Championship.
The Cardinal (14-6) notched its third win of the year over the Golden Bears and extended its overall dominance in the series, having now won 12 of the last 16 meetings.
In previous seasons, the Cardinal and Golden Bears have traditionally represented the class of the conference, routinely breezing past NorPac opponents while consistently appearing in the national top-25 poll. Entering this season, the last six NorPac Championship title games had featured a Stanford-California matchup. However, that won't be the case on Saturday.
Standing in the way of Stanford's fifth conference tournament crown in six years will be the Liberty Flames, a fast-rising program in only its second year of existence. Liberty finished 6-11 as an independent during its inaugural season, but carries a 16-5 record into Saturday's NorPac final (10:30 a.m. PT) while riding a program-best eight-game winning streak.
If Friday's performance was any indication, Stanford is ready to go.
In addition to Burke's three goals, Elise Ogle scored for the first time since Sept. 13, 2010, while Anna Simmons found the cage for the time in her career.
The Cardinal was in control 2-0 at halftime and doubled its lead before the Golden Bears played the final 18:46 with an empty net.
Stanford owned a 15-6 shot advantage and held a 9-5 edge in penalty corners.
Burke's first goal of the afternoon in the 22nd minute was assisted by Kelsey Harbin. At the 29:32 mark, Simmons knocked home her first career goal on a redirect following a penalty corner with Becky Dru providing the assist.
Three minutes into the second half, Burke scored again following a scramble in front of the cage with Emily Henriksson dishing out an assist.
Stanford then moved ahead 5-0 after registering two goals in a seven-minute span, with Harbin scoring off a corner and Burke completing the hat trick thanks to an open net breakaway.
After Shannon Elmitt snapped the scoreless streak for Cal in the 62nd minute, Ogle countered with an unassisted score two minutes later.
Lara Kruggel tapped home a goal at the 65:06 mark for the Golden Bears.
Burke's four shot attempts led all players.
Stanford's six goals represented its second-highest scoring output of the year. The Cardinal routed La Salle 10-0 in its season opener back on Aug. 24.
— Stanford Athletics
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