The top-ranked Stanford women's tennis team celebrated Senior Day the same way they have for years and years: by winning. The Cardinal beat visiting Washington, 5-2, Saturday in a Pac-10 match.
Stanford (7-0, 21-0) won its 40th consecutive contest and extended its NCAA record home winning streak to 178 matches.
Saturday's victory was more memorable due to a pre-match ceremony honoring seniors Hilary Barte, Carolyn McVeigh and Jennifer Yen.
The three players have helped Stanford to an overall record of 88-11, while capturing one NCAA Championship (2010) and two Pac-10 titles (2008, 2010).
Stanford claimed the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead, sweeping all three spots of the lineup.
Convincing victories by Nicole Gibbs (6-2, 6-0 at No. 4) and Stacey Tan (6-1, 6-0 at No. 5) gave the Cardinal a 3-0 lead before McVeigh closed out a successful Senior Day by providing the clincher in the form of a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 6 position.
Stanford returns to action Wednesday with a home match against St. Mary's at 1:30 p.m.
Ninth-ranked Stanford extended its season-high winning streak to six, beating host Oregon, 6-1, Saturday in a Pac-10 match.
Stanford (4-1, 14-5) completes the regular season with four consecutive home matches, including three against nonconference opponents.
The Cardinal set the tone early on, sweeping all three spots during the doubles competition.
Straight-set victories by Ryan Thacher (6-1, 6-1 at No. 2) and Denis Lin (6-4, 6-0 at No. 4) put Stanford on the verge of clinching the match, before Bradley Klahn made it official with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph on court one.
Stanford hosts Boise State Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Danielle Miller hit a three-run home run and Corey Hanewich added a solo shot as Stanford beat host UCLA, 6-2, Saturday night for its first Pac-10 Conference win.
Ashley Hansen had four hits, including two doubles, and scored twice for the Cardinal (1-4, 25-8), which rebounded from Friday night's tough 14-inning loss. Miller had two hits and drove in four runs in the game.
Stanford and UCLA complete the three-game set with a Sunday matinee.
Ashley Chinn (12-2), who lost the extra-inning affair in relief, came back with 5 2/3 innings of two-run, nine-hit pitching. She walked three and struck out four.
Teagan Gerhart, who pitched 13 innings the previous day, got the final four outs for her second save of the season.
Jordan Pries pitched a seven-hitter over 6 1/3 innings but Stanford dropped a 3-1 deision to host USC in a Pac-10 game Saturday night.
Tyler Gaffney, Stephen Piscotty and Zach Jones each collected two hits for the Cardinal (3-2, 15-8), which finishes the series with a Sunday afternoon affair against the Trojans.
Kenny Diekroeger went hitless in four at bats to end his hitting streak at 16 games.
Spencer McLachlin recorded 10 kills, Brad Lawson had nine kills and 12 digs and Stanford beat host UCLA, 25-18, 25-18, 25-17, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday night.
Eric Mochalski added nine kills with a .562 hitting percentage and Evan barry had 31 assists for the Cardinal (14-7, 18-8), which ends the regular season next Saturday with an MPSF match at Pacific.
Stanford rests in first place after the first of two days of racing at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference's coed championships, leading the 12-team field by 22 points over the first eight races.
Neither division finished lower than fifth in any of the combined 14 races.
The A Division, skippered by freshman Mateo Vargas, never finished lowered than third over the first seven races, winning two races and finishing second another four times for a low of 18 points. UCLA is the nearest competitor, nine points behind.
In the B Division, Kevin Laube has skippered the Cardinal to 18 points over six races, best in the division following a first and second place showing in the final two races. The B Division scored top-five finishes in all six races.
The two teams combined for 36 points, as UC Santa Barbara is second with 58 points. Stanford is the defending conference champion in all three events, coed, team and women.