Ahn overcomes early setback to help Stanford women beat USC in tennis


Kristie Ahn rallied from a first-set loss to record the clinching point in Stanford's 6-1 victory over host USC in a Pac-10 Conference women's tennis match Saturday.

Ahn came back to take the second set, 6-0, and then won the third set tiebreaker as Nicole Gibbs was working to rally from a second-set deficit and Carolyn McVeigh competed at No. 6 singles.

Gibbs completed her comeback and won in straight sets. McVeigh also rallied to win the second set and then the tie-breaker, ending the marathon match that lasted just under four hours.

The Cardinal (4-0, 17-0) took a quick 3-0 lead but the clinching point took some work.

Stanford won the doubles point and Stacey Tan and Mallory Burdette followed with straight set victories in singles.

Hilary Barte dropped her match at the top of the ladder and the Women of Troy were leading or tied at the three other spots.

Ahn's late rally kept Stanford undefeated entering its match against visiting Arizona State at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Men's tennis

Stanford ended a three-match losing streak, beating visiting UCLA, 6-1, in a Pac-10 Conference contest Saturday.

The Cardinal (1-1, 9-5) won the doubles point and then responded with victories from Alex Clayton, Ryan Thacher and Greg Hirshman to clinch the victory.

Matt Kandath and Bradley Klahn also won their matches for the final score.

Stanford hosts Tulsa in a nonconference match Friday at 5 p.m. before visiting Arizona for a conference match Sunday.


Tyler Gaffney and Kenny Diekroeger each had two hits and drove in two runs as Stanford beat visiting Long Beach State, 6-1, Saturday in a nonconference contest.

The Cardinal (9-6) host the 49ers in the series finale scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.

Jordan Pries did not allow an earned run in seven innings to gain his third win in four decisions for Stanford. Pries allowed five hits, walked three and struck out seven.

Scott Snodgress and Chris Reed each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Brian Ragira added three hits and drove in a run and Austin Wilson also drove in a run.

Women's water polo

Annika Dries scored twice and top-ranked Stanford beat visiting UCLA, 5-2, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest Saturday.

Monica Coughlan, Kim Krueger and Pallavi Menon also scored for the Cardinal (3-0, 17-0), which plays a nonconference game Sunday at UC Davis.

Menlo School grad Megan Burmeister scored both goals for the Bruins.

Track and field

Katerina Stefanidi set a school record in winning the pole vault and Kori Carter set a record in the 100 hurdles at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.

Stefanidi bettered her own record with a vault of 14-6. The mark was just off the Olympic 'A' standard that Stefanidi is aiming for this season as she hopes to represent her home country of Greece in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

UCLA's Tori Anthony, a Castilleja grad, was third in the pole vault with a best of of 12-11 1/2. Stanford freshman Ellie McCardwell was fourth in 12-5 1/2.

Carter, a freshman and the defending California state champ in the 100 and 300 hurdles, raced 13.41 to establish the mark after racing 13.51 in the prelims. Carter finished third in the race.

Stanford's Geoffrey Tabor finished third in the men's invitational discus throw with a mark of 175-6 while Carter Wells was fifth with a 168-4. Tabor also finished third in the invitational shot put with a mark of 57-0.

Stanford grad Nick Welihozkiy won the invitational hammer throw in 217-5. Wells finished sixth with a 189-9.

Also on the women's side, Brittany Dixon-Smith finished fifth in the 100 in 11.79 and Carissa Levingston was third in the 200 in 24.08.

Stanford grads Sara (Bei) Hall and Lindsay Allen finished one-two in the 3,000 steeplechase. Hall's wining time was 9:50.68 and Allen followed in 10:07.16.

The Stanford 400 relay team was second in 45.26 and the 1,600 relay team finished third in 3:54.42.

Stanford's Eda Karesin, who is using her final year of eligibility while in grad school, was second in the invitational javelin, tossing a 149-9.

Former Stanford sprinter Alyssa Wisdom finished fourth in the invitational shot put with a best of 47-1/4.

Men's volleyball

Brad Lawson and Spencer McLachlin each recorded 21 kills but Stanford dropped a 25-19, 22-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-12 decision to visiting Long Beach State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday.

Evan Barry had 53 assists and 10 digs for the Cardinal (12-5, 15-6), which hosts UC Santa Cruz in a nonconference contest Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Stanford, which also got 16 digs from Erik Shoji, has lost two of its last three matches.


The Stanford women opened competition Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, with Francesca Bassa turning in the top performance with a plus 3 in epee.

The Cardinal slipped into ninth place as a team with 62 points. Notre Dame leads with 139.


The Stanford Invitational cancelled Saturday's schedule because of weather. A full slate of games are scheduled for Sunday, including Stanford against San Diego State ayt 1:30 p.m. and Coastal Carolina at 6 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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