Stanford men's volleyball continues long road trip


Spencer McLachlin had 15 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .520 as second-ranked Stanford downed host Cal State Northridge, 25-19, 27-25, 25-22, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest Friday night.

The Cardinal (5-1 overall, 4-1 MPSF) hit .349 as a team while holding the Matadors (2-6, 1-4) to .194. McLachlin keyed the Stanford attack with a .520 hitting percentage.

Brad Lawson had 14 kills for Stanford, a team in the midst of a stretch in which it plays seven matches in seven cities over 16 days while covering 9,186 miles. This was Match No. 3 in that journey, which continues with a Saturday match at Long Beach State at 1 p.m.

Freshman Steven Irvin earned his second start of the season at outside hitter and picked up seven kills, six digs and five blocks. Setter Evan Barry had 43 assists, three digs and two blocks.

Women's swimming

Felicia Lee won two individual events and swam on the winning medley relay team as top-ranked Stanford downed visiting UCLA, 169-131, on Friday afternoon in Pac-10 action.

Meg Hostage swept the diving events for Stanford (7-0), which extended its dual-meet winning streak to 30. Liz Smith, Andie Taylor and Kelsey Ditto also won events for the top-ranked Cardinal.

Sam Woodward led a sweep of the 50 free and was part of both winning relay teams (with Betsy Webb) for Stanford, which hosts USC in its final home meet of the season at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Senior Kerry Kraemer swam on the medley relay team and Kate Dwelley and Andi Murez were part of the winning free relay.

Freshmen were responsible for three of the individual victories. Lee won the 100 back in 54.23 and came back to take the 100 free with a time of 49.88, while Taylor swam 1:48.28 to win the 200 free.

Hostage scored 281.025 to win the 1-meter event and followed that with a score of 337.75 to win the 3-meter event. Ditto went 4:48.06 to win the 500 free and Smith swam 1:02.55 to win the 100 breast, giving the senior class four wins.

Woodward, a junior, won the 50 free in 22.82. Webb and Woodward helped the 200 medley relay team win with a time of 1:42.13 and helped the 200 free relay team win in 1:30.04.

Men's tennis

Eighth-ranked Stanford downed visiting Santa Clara, 4-0, Friday afternoon on opening day of ITA Kickoff Weekend.

Stanford (2-0) advances to meet visiting Nebraska on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Huskers beat Vanderbilt, 4-2, also at Stanford Friday. Santa Clara and Vanderbilt square off in consolation match Saturday at 11 a.m.

Saturday's winner between the Cardinal and Nebraska advances to the National Team Indoor Championships next month in Seattle.

After earning the doubles point, Stanford's Ryan Thacher and Greg Hirshman followed with identical 6-2, 6-2 victories at the Nos. 2 and 5 spots, giving a Stanford a 3-0 lead.

Bradley Klahn clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kyle Dandan at the top of the ladder.

Women's tennis

Veronica Li clinched Stanford's 4-0 victory over visiting Cal Poly in the first round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend.

The top-ranked Cardinal (2-0) advances into the second round against Oklahoma, to be played Saturday at 2 p.m., also at Stanford.

The Cardinal has won 166 consecutive matches (134 regular season, 32 NCAA Tournament) on its home court, the longest active home winning streak of any Division I sport.

The doubles point was decided quickly, with Stanford sweeping all three spots.

Stacey Tan recorded a 6-1, 6-0 victory on court four to put Stanford ahead 2-0.

Playing at the No. 3 position for the first time this year, Nicole Gibbs defeated Ashley Pane 6-0, 6-3 for a 3-0 lead.

Women's gymnastics

With no room for failure and 13,835 fans watching her every move, Stanford senior captain Danielle Ikoma nailed her balance beam routine to give the second-ranked Cardinal a dramatic 196.825-196.500 victory over No. 4 Utah at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

The match was deadlocked going into the final rotation -- the beam for Stanford and the floor exercise for Utah -- and the Cardinal suffered a setback when one gymnast fell. Because five of the six scores count, the Cardinal could not afford another miss.

Ashley Morgan followed with a score of 9.90, Shelley Alexander scored a 9.80 and that left the meet up to Ikoma, who recorded a season-best 9.875 to ensure the victory.

It was a sign of things to come as the future Pac-12 rivals performed at peak effort. The Cardinal (8-0) won the matchup between two of last year's NCAA Super Six finalists.

Allyse Ishino went on to win the all-around with a career-best 39.475, one of her three victories in the meet. She also won the uneven bars (9.90) and finished in a three-way tie with Morgan, and Utah's Mary Beth Lofgren for first on the beam (9.90). Alexander captured the vault with a season-best 9.90.

Track and field

Stanford ruled the distance medley, with both the men's and women's teams winning the event at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas on Friday.

The women's team of senior Madeline Duhon, freshman Kellie Schueler, sophomore Justine Fedronic and freshman Jessica Tonn recorded a time of 11:21.93, nearly three seconds faster than second-place Iowa.

The Cardinal men needed every bit of speed out of senior John Sullivan, junior Amaechi Morton, junior Dylan Ferris and junior Elliott Heath to edge Arkansas by just over a second, 9:29.22 to 9:30.85.

Geoffrey Tabor's fourth-place finish in the shot put (57-11 3/4) was the top individual performance of the day.


Stanford dropped a 35-3 decision Friday night to host Boise State in a Pac-10 meet at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

The Cardinal (2-2, 7-8) hosts San Francisco State in a nonconference Sunday at 2 p.m.

Stanford scored its only points of the dual at 174 pounds as Nick Amuchastegui, ranked seventh nationally, posted a 4-0 decision over 11th-ranked Jake Swartz.

The junior registered a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second period. He scored his final point with 1:57 of riding time to improve to 23-2 on the season.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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