Stanford men grab important water polo tournament title

Cardinal women turn back Arizona in four sets in Pac-12 volleyball

The fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team stunned the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked teams in the nation on Sunday to capture the title of the SoCal Tournament at Long Beach State.

The Cardinal ended USC's 22-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory in the semifinal match and then topped California, 10-9, in overtime in the championship contest to win its first SoCal crown since 2002.

Alex Bowen scored with 42 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift the Cardinal past the Bears. It was his sixth score of the contest.

Stanford (6-2) ended USC's eight-year run as SoCal champion when Forrest Watkins scored with 2:33 remaining to play to snap a 4-4 tie. Jacob Smith put the game out of reach with a goal in the final minute.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph gave the Cardinal a 1-0 edge when he scored less than two minutes into the game. Cardinal goalie Brian Pingree recorded 10 saves.

Cal beat the Cardinal, 8-7, at the NorCal Invitational in mid-September. The Bears had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

Stanford hosts Pepperdine in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener at 7 p.m. Friday night.

Women's volleyball

Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams recorded her eighth double-double of the season to lead sixth-ranked Stanford to a 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18 victory over visiting Arizona in a Pac-12 contest Sunday.

The Cardinal (4-3, 10-3) remain undefeated at home this season (8-0) and hopes to carry that success on the road when it travels to Corvallis to meet Oregon State at 7 p.m. Friday. Stanford goes to Oregon for a 7 p.m. match Saturday.

Stanford's three conference losses came at California, at UCLA and at USC.

Williams had 19 kills, 12 digs and a career-high six blocks, three solo, in addition to three assists. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat recorded a hitting percentage of .480 while matching her career best with 14 kills and nine blocks.

Junior setter Karissa Cook also turned in a double-double with 48 assists and 11 digs. She hit a career high .545 while getting seven kills on 11 attempts with one error. Senior middle blocker Stephanie Browne finished with seven kills on eight errorless attempts (.875) and tied her career high with seven blocks.

As a team, Stanford hit a season best .392, while holding Arizona to a .186 percentage. The Wildcats committed 30 attack errors to just eight by the Cardinal.

Stanford moved into sixth place in conference play, game behind California (5-2, 15-2) as Oregon State (3-3, 11-5) dropped into seventh.

The top four teams in the Pac-12 each have one loss. UCLA and USC are tied at 6-1, with Washington and Oregon a half-game back at 5-1.

Men's soccer

Stanford dropped a 2-0 decision to host UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference on Sunday.

The Cardinal (3-6-1, 0-2) return home to host California in a 6 p.m. contest next Sunday.


Stanford finished 13th at the Danmark Trophy in its first coed regatta of the season with freshman Hans Henken and sophomore Tally Buckstaff guiding the B Division squad to the seventh-best score amongst the 20 competitors.

Henken and Buckstaff combined to score 126 points, tying with Roger Williams University and Boston College for seventh place. The duo moved up a spot after day one, finishing second and fourth in the four Sunday races.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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