Stanford men go for NCAA gymnastics title

Cardinal recorded the top score of the day during the preliminary round

The Stanford men's gymnastics team advanced to the team finals of the NCAA championships after recording the top score of either session Thursday inside St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The second-ranked Cardinal, which scored 366.100, will have to do it all over again Friday as it pursues its second team title in three years and helps Stanford nail down its 100th NCAA title.

Stanford, defending national champion Michigan and California advanced from the second session, while top-ranked Oklahoma, Illinois and Penn State advanced from the first session.

Stanford recorded the nation's best score on the parallel bars, scoring 61.650, as five of six competitors scored 15 or better. Ryan Lieberman had a career best 15.650.

Eddie Penev scored a season best 15.600 to help Stanford record a score of 61.700 on the floor exercise.

Alex Buscaglia recorded the top score of 15.750 on the horizontal bar and the Cardinal scored 59.300.

Women's tennis

Second-ranked Stanford extended a pair of winning streaks with a 6-1 nonconference victory over visiting St. Mary's on Thursday.

The Cardinal (22-0) extended its NCAA record home winning streak to 179 consecutive matches, and to 41 matches overall.

Stanford travels to ninth-ranked California for its season finale at noon Saturday before heading to the Pac-10 championships in Ojai.

Stanford hosts the NCAA championships, beginning with a first round match on May 14.

Men's tennis

Menlo School grad Jamin Ball recorded his second career dual-meet victory Thursday and eighth-ranked Stanford beat visiting Boise State, 6-1, in a nonconference contest.

Ball defeated Freddy Walsh, 6-2, 6-1, to help the Cardinal (15-5) win its season-best seventh straight.

Bradley Klahn, Ryan Thacher, Alex Clayton and Denis Lin also added singles victories after Stanford captured the doubles point.

The Cardinal hosts USF in a nonconference match Monday at 3:30 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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