Cardinal still can't figure out Wolverines in NCAA


History repeated itself in Maples Pavilion on Saturday night and for the Stanford women's volleyball team, it was bad news.

For the second time in three years, Michigan knocked the Cardinal out of the NCAA tournament on its home court in the second round.

The Wolverines beat 11th-seeded Stanford, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20, to advance to next weekend's Sweet Sixteen against Florida, which upset No. 6 seed Northern Iowa earlier Saturday.

It was a mixed night for the Pac-12 Conference, which also saw Washington drop a five-setter to host Minnesota. The Huskies won the first two sets but could not hold off the Golden Gophers.

Meanwhile, seventh-seeded USC and ninth-seeded UCLA, the top two teams in the conference, both advanced. The Women of Troy will meet Hawaii, a Final Four participant last year, and the Bruins face four-time defending national champion Penn State.

If Michigan senior Alex Hunt played all her games in Maples Pavilion, she'd be in the conversation for National Player of the Year. In four career matches there, she averaged 18 kills and hit at a .333 pace.

The Wolverines finished eighth in the Big 10 while Stanford was fourth in the Pac-12. Following the first two round, just 11 of the top 16 seeds remain. An unseeded team, either Michigan or the Gators, will reach the Elite Eight.

The Big 10 boosts six of its members among the top 16, though Ohio State and Illinois meet in one regional, while Minnesota and Iowa State meet in another regional.

Women's swimming

Maya DiRado completed the Texas Invite for Stanford with a win in the 200 back, while the 400 free relay team was second and Andie Taylor (1650 free) and Maddy Schaefer (100 free) were both third as Stanford finished its fall season Saturday.


Senior Nick Amuchastegui went undefeated at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational but finished sixth at 174 pounds after having to medically forfeit his final three matches at the Las Vegas Convention Center Saturday.

Ranked No. 1 in the nation ion his weight class, Amuchastegui recorded a fall and two decisions to improve to 11-0.

Junior Ryan Mango, ranked fifth nationally, placed seventh at 133 pounds. he recorded a 12-7 decision over Oregon State's Garrett Drucker in his first bout on Saturday. After being edged 5-4 by Harvard's Steven Keith, Mango finished out with a 17-5 major decision over Navy's Aaron Kalil. Mango is now 13-2 overall this season.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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