Cardinal has chance to move ahead of Cal in Big Spike


Sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat were difficult to defend and even more difficult to attack at the net. Their efforts resulted in fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team's 25-19, 25-23, 24-26, 25-5 win over visiting Oregon State on Sunday.

The Beavers were coming off an upset win over California on Friday night. The Bears also lost to Oregon on Saturday, giving the Cardinal (16-5, 21-6) a chance to move ahead of Cal and into sole possession of third place in the Pac-12.

USC clinched the regular-season title when UCLA lost to Arizona. The Bruins clinched second place with a victory over Arizona State on Sunday.

The Cardinal hosts California (15-6, 25-6) in the regular-season finale at 7 p.m. Friday. The NCAA selection show will be televised on ESPNU at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Williams recorded her conference-leading 18th double-double of the season with 21 kills and 13 digs. She has accumulated at least 20 kills in eight matches, including the past two in succession.

Wopat had a double-double that included 12 kills and a career-high 11 blocks. Redshirt freshman Lydia Bai added 12 kills, six digs and five blocks, while junior Hayley Spelman was 11-1-21 for a .476 hitting percentage.

Junior setter Karissa Cook also recorded a double-double, her 17th of the season, with 53 assists and 17 digs. Junior libero Hannah Benjamin and freshman Kyle Gilbert anchored the defense with 17 digs and 10 digs, respectively. As a team, Stanford hit .298, while OSU posted a .210 clip.


Stanford dropped two duals on the road Sunday, losing to Central Michigan (22-13) and host Chattanooga (22-15). The Cardinal falls to 4-3 overall, while the Chippewas move to 1-0 overall and the Mocs improve to 2-1.

Senior Nick Amuchastegui and junior Ryan Mango both secured two wins to remain undefeated on the season at 7-0. Amuchastegui now has 101 career victories, becoming just the seventh Cardinal wrestler to reach the 100-win plateau.

Men's diving

Stanford's Dhruv Tyagi and Taylor Sishc finished second and third in the platform to closed out the Cardinal at the Wildcat Diving Invitational on Sunday.

The sophomore Tyagi scored a 322.90, followed by his senior captain, Sishc, who had a 308.50.


Facing one loss from being eliminated, Stanford won twice to open the day and then finished third at the national match racing championships on the San Francisco Bay on Sunday.

Down 1-0 after losing the first best of three race with St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday, skipper Nick Dugdale and his crew of McKenzie Wilson and Kevin Laube won two straight to advance to the the semifinals with eventual champion, Navy. The Midshipmen won 2-0 en route to a 14-2 overall record at the event.

The Cardinal were then placed with South Florida, which had lost 2-1 to Roger Williams University. Stanford then won the single elimination third place race to finish the three-day event with 9-6 over the three days.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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