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Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - October 11, 2013

Stanford women's volleyball looks to bounce back

Cardinal men's and women's golf teams capture tournament titles

by Rick Eymer

The Stanford women's volleyball team, coming off its first conference loss of the year, plays host to Utah and Colorado this weekend.

The eighth-ranked Cardinal (3-1 in Pac-12 play, 10-3 overall) hosts the Utes (2-2, 13-3) on Friday at 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) and Colorado on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Stanford has the nation's top blocking team, recording 3.10 per set. The Cardinal blocks 3.31 per set in four conference matches. Senior Carly Wopat leads the Pac-12 with 1.39 blocks a set, while Inky Ajanaku ranks third in the conference with 1.36 blocks a set.

Wopat's 515 career blocks rank her fourth all-time in the Stanford record books. Her 1.39 blocks a set would rank her tied for third, with Bev Oden, on the all-time Stanford list.

Sophomore setter Madi Bugg ranks second in the conference and sixth in the nation with 11.79 assists per set. Wopat (3.24), Rachel Williams (3.05), Brittany Howard (2.84), Jordan Burgess (2.37) and Ajanaku (2.33) each have more than two kills per set.

Utah ranks third in the conference in team blocks, led by Erin Redd-Brandon, who is sandwiched between Wopat and Ajanaku among Pac-12 leaders with 1.38 blocks a set.

The Cardinal has won six of seven all-time meeting with the Utes, with the lone loss coming on a five-set match in 2000.

Field hockey

Five days after suffering its second NorPac conference loss in the past four years, No. 13 Stanford will have a chance to avenge its defeat, hosting UC Davis on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Turf.

The Cardinal (8-3, 2-1 NorPac) will then close out the homestand Sunday against Yale (3-6, 1-2 Ivy League) at noon.

Stanford split a pair of games last weekend, defeating Pacific, 6-1, and falling, 3-2, in overtime to UC Davis, which entered the game 2-7. Six Cardinal players scored against Pacific to extend Stanford's winning streak to 14 games over the Tigers. The Cardinal struggled to find the back of the cage against UC Davis and could not hold onto a late lead, falling to the Aggies on a goal by Jamie Garcia 5:03 into overtime.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak over the Aggies and was the first time Stanford had been beaten by UC Davis since its program was resurrected in 2009. It was also the Aggies' first victory over a ranked opponent in program history.

Hope Burke and Fran Tew recorded Stanford's goals against the Aggies and goalkeeper Ducie Davies made seven saves. Burke finished last weekend with a team-best six points on two goals and two assists. Davies' seven saves against UC Davis were the second-most she's made in a game this season.

UC Davis is led by Cloey LemMon with 11 points (4-3), followed by Danielle Koehne (5-0) and Garcia (3-4) with 10 points apiece. Danielle Herrington has logged a majority of the minutes in goal and holds a 3-6 record, 2.84 GAA and .627 save percentage.

Men's golf

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers fired a 7-under 209 to earn medalist honors and help the Cardinal capture the team title at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate in Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Stanford's 13-under 851 bettered second-place UCLA by eight strokes, with SMU and Oklahoma tying for third at 863 in the 14-team field.

The Cardinal carded respective rounds of 280-285-286 at the par-72, 7,234-yard course, which is slated to play host to the 2017 U.S. Open.

To end his path to the individual title, Rodgers was nearly bogey-free in the final round, standing at 4-under for the day until recording a six on the par-5, 637-yard 18th. Rodgers shot an even-par 72 in Round 2 and used five birdies to help close his opening round with a 68.

Rodgers, who recorded the sixth victory of his collegiate career, was one of four Cardinal to finish in the top 10, followed by David Boote (71-72-71), Cameron Wilson (69-72-73) and Jim Liu (72-69-74). Boote, who had a hole-in-one on Monday, and Wilson tied for sixth with a 2-under 214 while Liu checked in at 1-under to tie for 10th.

The highlight of Boote's 2-under showing came in the second round. After bogeying holes 3-4-5, Boote aced the par-3, 208-yard sixth.

Women's golf

Stanford swept the 13-team field at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, cruising to its first win on the season by a resounding 27-stroke margin on Wednesday in Seattle, Wash.

The Cardinal led wire-to-wire while signing its final scorecard of 1-under 863. Host Washington was next in line at 890 (26-over), followed by UCF (34-over) during the three-round event at Sahalee Country Club.

The fourth win under second-year head coach Anne Walker was registered with 42 fewer strokes than last season's third-place finish at the same event.

Paced by medalist Mariah Stackhouse (7-under), the women's golf team placed four performers in the top 10, and each of the competing Cardinal finished in the top 25.

Stackhouse went 68-70-71 for a 209, claiming the top billing ahead of teammate Mariko Tumangan. Tumangan entered the final round at 7-under on the heels of a blistering tournament-low 66 on the par-72, 6,039-yard course. Tumangan (212) carded a 75 Wednesday to finish second.

"Mariah and Mariko carried us to the 27-shot victory," Walker said. "We received very solid play from tee to green, and that was the key to our win. Washington was ranked ahead of us coming into this week — they're a strong team — and we wanted to make them work for a victory at home. Luckily, we came out with the win."

Lauren Kim (74-73-76, 223, +7) tied with Quirine Eijkenboom (75-74-74, 223, +7) for seventh and Casey Danielson (72-79-75, 226, +10) tied for 22nd.

Men's water polo

Stanford heads to the So Cal Tournament at UC Irvine this weekend. Play gets underway against UC Davis on Saturday at 10:50 a.m.

The fourth-ranked Cardinal (0-1, 8-2) is coming off a 20-5 victory over Santa Clara. Bret Bonnani scored six times in the contest.

Men's swimming

Stanford hosts Indiana in a nonconference meet on Saturday at noon. The Cardinal met UC Santa Cruz in a non-scoring meet last Friday.

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