What's a couple of feet of snow among friends? The severe Midwest weather didn't seem to bother the fourth-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team, which caught a break in the weather Friday and celebrated with a 25-17, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17 nonconference victory over Lewis in Romeoville, Ill.
Stanford (7-2) completes a seven-match, seven-city road odyssey that will have taken the team 9,227 miles since Jan. 20 when the Cardinal returns home after playing Saturday at Loyola in Chicago.
Gus Ellis contributed to seven of Stanford's 15 1/2 team blocks to help set a defensive tempo as Stanford won its seventh straight, dating to March of 2009, over a non-MPSF opponent.
Stanford had 8.5 blocks in the first set, with Ellis in on four of them, as the Cardinal established its presence at the net against the Flyers (6-2), playing in front of a standing room only crowd of 1,356 at the 1,100-capacity Neil Carey Arena.
"It was a great atmosphere. The student section was big and right in your face. We were glad to come out with a win," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "Our block was on and clicked into gear pretty quick. That set the tone right off the bat."
Brad Lawson had 19 kills in the victory while hitting .371. Freshman Brian Cook had 10 kills, eight digs, and four blocks, and hit .500. As a team, Stanford hit .370.
"This was a great match for us," Kosty said. "In the MPSF, you've got to be road warriors.
Jake Allen won two events and second-ranked Stanford beat visiting Cal State Bakersfield, 155-96, Friday in a nonconference meet.
The Cardinal (5-0) will square off with third-ranked USC in the home finale at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Allen won the 100 free in 45.32 and the 200 free in 1:38.99, pacing the Cardinal, which recorded the top times in all 16 events, though several were exhibition swims.
Freshman Mitchell Stoehr won the 1,000 free in 9:31.22 and then finished second to Allen in the100 free in 46.71.
Swanston swam to victory in the 200 back with a time of 1:46.92 and had the fastest 100 fly (50.76), though he swam the latter event as an exhibition.
Rob Andrews (1:50.95) won the 200 fly and Eirik Ravnan won the 400 IM in 3:55.91.
Stanford coach Bret Simon announced the signing of five high school players Friday: Zach Batteer, Jimmy Callinan, Grant Grafentin, Felipe Noguerol and Eric Verso.
Batteer was ranked first among forwards by ESPN Rise and the No. 7 prospect overall. A two-time prep All-American, he played with the U.S. under-18 national team.
"Zach is the kind of person and player that any coach would enjoy having on his team," Simon said. "He is capable of playing and excelling as a forward, wing, wide midfielder or attacking midfielder. He has pace and a real knack around the goal. His energy and enthusiasm for the game and for life are second to none."
Callinan, who played at St. Ignatius in San Francisco, was named the 58th overall prospect by Top Drawer Soccer. Grafentin joins his older brother at Stanford. Noguerol was named among the top 15 prospects by several publications and will be training with the U.S. national team this month. Verso, also an All-American, was the Los Angeles Times' Player of the Year.
"It's a talented, attacking-minded group," Simon said. "This class is the perfect compliment to our returning upperclassmen. They will enable us to play a fluid and exciting style of play."
Dan Scherer recorded a technical fall at 184 pounds as Stanford tied visiting Cal Baptist, 17-17, in a nonconference dual meet Friday.
Kyler Hasson at 174 pounds, Matt Sencenbaugh at 125 pounds and Dylan Rush at 285 pounds each won their matches in overtime for the Cardinal (7-9-1), which hosts Cal Poly in a Pac-10 match Friday.
==B Men's golf =
Stanford fired a one-under team score of 287 Friday to finish 11th at the Amer Ari Invitational held at the Waikaloa Kings' Course on the Big Island.
The Cardinal, which won the tournament three times in the previous four years, finished 28 strokes behind Oklahoma State, which finished 34-under at 830 to win the title.