Stanford women's volleyball strong in the middle in Pac-12 victory over the Sun Devils

A heady Taylor leads top-ranked Cardinal women to road soccer win at Washington State

Middle blockers Carly Wopat and Jessica Walker were at the center of sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball sweep of visiting Arizona State, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18, Friday at Maples Pavilion.

Wopat led the Cardinal (9-3, 3-3) with 12 kills on 21 attempts for a .524 hitting percentage. Walker went 9-0-18 for a season high .500 hitting percentage. She also recorded a career best eight blocks. Freshman libero Kyle Gilbert tallied 19 digs to lead the defense.

Stanford hosts Arizona at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Women's soccer

Castilleja graduate Lindsay Taylor scored on a diving header in the 86th minute to lift No. 1 Stanford to a 1-0 victory over Washington State in Pac-12 action Friday afternoon.

The sequence began when Camille Levin, after shifting to right wing from outside back in a second-half tactical move, got behind the defense at the edge of the penalty area and supplied a cross that Taylor met at six yards out with power. It was the team-leading eighth goal of the season for Taylor.

"This was a big win," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "This is a tough place to win. It's always been a hard place to play."

Washington State (7-4-1, 1-1) had largely contained the Cardinal attack, though Stanford finished with a 22-6 advantage in shots. Washington State had only one shot in the second half, before being held without a shot for the final 44 minutes. Stanford earned its fifth consecutive shutout, extending its defensive scoreless streak to 473 minutes, 55 seconds.

"It took us a while to create very good chances," Ratcliffe said. "But we were patient, we kept possession and they were playing for the counterattack, sitting in on defense with numbers behind the ball."

The Cardinal plays at Washington at noon Sunday.

Men's cross country

No. 3 Stanford put together a strong effort at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing fourth against a competitive field, despite not having a couple of its top runners. Stanford scored 202 points to trail only No. 14 BYU, No. 10 Florida State and No. 12 Princeton.

"I thought it was a solid performance," said associate cross country coach Jason Dunn. "We wanted to see these guys face some good competition so that we could evaluate our lineup as we head towards the championship season."

The Cardinal were without All-Americans Chris Derrick and Jacob Riley as well as a few others who competed at the Stanford Invitational last weekend.

Without Derrick and Riley, Brendan Gregg stepped up as Stanford's No. 1 runner, placing 13th, covering the 8,000-meter course in 24:23. Gregg and his teammates battled tough conditions with winds that were gusting up to 30 MPH and a sloppy course due to rain in the area the past few days.

Also running well for the Cardinal was Andrew Berberick who placed 21st in 24:38. J.T. Sullivan also fared well, finishing in 39th with a time of 24:51.

Women's swimming

Underclassmen Stephanie Phipps, Maddy Schaefer and Andie Taylor won two events a piece to pace Stanford (1-0) over county rival San Jose State (0-1) 167-125 on Friday afternoon.

Phipps opened up with a sweep of the diving, scoring a 260.5 in the three-meter and a 243.6 in the one-meter, tallying 6's or higher throughout the six jumps of each event. Amy Kilby and Jessica Holden followed in second and third in both events for SJSU.

Fellow sophomore, Taylor, won the 200 fly (2:02.02) and the 200 IM (2:04.08) as Stanford had the top time in 14 of the 16 events. Schaefer, swimming in her first collegiate meet, was first in the 100 back (57.70) and took home the top time in the 100 free (51.26).

Field hockey

Katie Mitchell's second-half goal turned out to be all the offense No. 6 Stanford needed in a 1-0 shutout of Robert Morris on Friday night at the Varsity Turf.

Stanford (9-1, 3-0 NorPac) extended its winning streak to eight games, matching its longest stretch since an 8-0 start in 2009. The school record for consecutive wins is nine, accomplished from Oct. 9-Nov. 8 during the 1985 campaign.

Men's soccer

Stanford began Pac-12 play with a tough result, losing 1-0 to San Diego State at the SDSU Sports Deck. The two teams played a scoreless first half, before the Aztecs scored the game's only goal in the 52nd minute and hung on for the victory.

The game went to the half scoreless with each team taking four shots and four corners. Perhaps the best chance for the Cardinal came in the 28th minute when Alexander Binnie ripped a shot from the left side that forced San Diego State goalkeeper Blake Hylen into a diving save.

The Cardinal (3-5-1, 1-0) are at UCLA on Sunday at 3 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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