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First round to Stanford in women's water polo, men's tennis

 

Junior Alyssa Lo thoroughly enjoyed the first collegiate postseason game she spent with her younger sister, freshman Kaitlyn Lo, on Friday.

They both recorded three goals as top-seeded Stanford scored a season-high for goals in a 22-7 victory over eighth-seeded Iona at Michigan's Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

"We were actually subbing for each other," Alyssa Lo said. "So it was cool to be cheering for her, and her for me when I was in."

The top-ranked Cardinal (26-1) meets USC in Saturday's 1:30 p.m. semifinal action. UCLA and California meet in the other semifinal.

"We need to be ready for a physical, tough challenge from USC," Stanford coach John Tanner said. "They've played us tough, two overtime games this year. They play really well on offense. We'll need to play great 5-on-6."

Melissa Seidemann led Stanford with five goals, while Menlo School grad Kim Krueger and Alexis Lee each scored twice. Goalies Kate Baldoni and Amber Oland combined to make 12 saves.

The Gaels (26-8) had their 14-game winning streak snapped in their first ever appearance in the NCAA championship.

"We passed the ball very well," Tanner said. "We got good spacing in our front court offense and on our counterattack. We made some good decisions in front of the net. Everyone looked solid on offense."

Krueger got the Cardinal on the board just over a minute after the opening sprint, but Iona answered on the ensuing possession off the arm of Maggie Wood.

Annika Dries and Alyssa Lo scored on consecutive trips to put the Cardinal ahead to stay.

Men's tennis

Stanford beat visiting Army, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA team tournament Friday, extending its longest winning streak in 10 years to 11 matches.

The seventh-ranked Cardinal (19-5) meets Washington in Saturday's second round at 3 p.m. The Huskies beat Cal Poly, 4-0, earlier in the day.

Menlo School grad Jamin Ball helped Stanford win the doubles point before junior Bradley Klahn earned his team-leading 30th victory of the season, getting past Asika Isoh, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 1 position for a 2-0 advantage. Denis Lin followed with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No. 5 spot to put Stanford on the brink of clinching the match.

Ryan Thacher made it official, beating Gary Kushnirovic 6-0, 6-1 on court two to close out the match.

Softball

Sarah Hassman, Jenna Rich and Ashley Hansen each hit a home run to lead Stanford past host Arizona State, 6-1, in a Pac-10 Conference game Friday night.

Hassman and Rich each hit a two-run shot in the third inning to give the 11th-ranked Cardinal (10-10, 38-14) the early advantage. Hansen, who had three hits, hit a solo shot in the seventh.

Teagan Gerhart (22-10) earned the win with 4 1/3 innings of relief work.

Stanford and the top-ranked Sun Devils meet once more Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams.

Track and field

Stanford junior Katerina Stefanidi went 14-feet, 1/2 inch to win the women's pole vault at the Pac-10 championships Friday night in Tucson.

Freshman Ellie McCardwell finished fourth with a mark of 13-4 1/2. Castilleja grad Tori Anthony went 13-3/4 to finish sixth for UCLA.

Stephanie Marcy won the 10,000 in 35:47.37, while Eda Karesin was second in the javelin, Elizabeth Minoofar was fifth in the javelin, and Brittni Dixon-Smith and whitney Liehr went three-four in the long jump.

On the men's side, Chris Derrick (29:19.90), Elliott Heath (29:20.24) and Jake Riley (29:26.02) finished 2-3-4 in the 10,000 as Stanford finished the first day of the championship tied with Arizona, each with 45, for the lead.

Miles Unterreiner raced sixth in the 10,000, Ben Johnson and John Sullivan finished second and third, respectively, in the 3,000 steeplechase, Jules Sharpe was seventh in the high jump and Robert Hintz was eighth in the javelin.

Baseball

Tyler Gaffney and Lonnie Kauppila each had two hits but Stanford dropped a 6-2 decision to host Oregon in a Pac-10 contest Friday night.

The Cardinal (9-10, 27-17) and Ducks go at again Saturday at 2 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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