Stanford nets victories on tennis and sand courts

Stanford No. 1 singles player John Morrissey recovered from a tough first-set loss to claim a 6-7, 6-0, 6-4 triumph at the top of the ladder to clinch a 4-2 nonconference men's tennis victory over visiting Cal Poly on Tuesday.

Competing in only its second home match in two weeks, Stanford (10-4) surrendered only four games combined en route to capturing the doubles point for a 1-0 lead.

Anthony Tsodikov followed with a 6-3, 7-5 win on court five, but Cal Poly countered with its first point thanks to a 6-3, 6-2 victory from Ben Donovan at the No. 2 spot.

Robert Stineman added a 7-5, 6-1 triumph at the No. 6 position to extend Stanford's lead to 3-1.

Stanford hosts Washington in a Pac-12 match on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Sand volleyball

Inky Ajanaku and Kyle Gilbert won at the No. 3 spot to clinch Stanford's 5-0 victory over visiting San Jose State on Tuesday.

Morgan Boukather and Megan McGehee were the first Cardinal pair to win, with Madi Bugg and Kelsey Humphreys second off the sand.

Playing as the No. 1 pair, sophomore Brittany Howard and senior Carly Wopat won their third-straight dual match , defeating McKenzie Palassou and Megan Powers, 21-14, 21-13.

Junior Lauren Birks and sophomore Jordan Burgess capped off the scoring with a 21-11, 21-17 win over Kiely Pieper and Tyanna Roy.

Stanford (2-6) won its second straight after opening the season with six losses. The Cardinal hosts St. Mary's on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.


Dominic Jose doubled home two runs to tie it and pinch hitter Brant Whiting singled in the go-ahead in the bottom of the eighth inning as Stanford rallied to beat visiting UC Davis, 7-6, in a nonconference game on Tuesday night.

Palo Alto resident Alex Blandino and Zach Hoffpauir each hit a home run for the Cardinal (11-14), which snapped a four-game losing streak.

Stanford returns to Pac-12 Conference action Friday, with the first game of a scheduled three-game series at conference leader Washington.

Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger drove in two runs for the Cardinal, which improved to 4-4 in 1-run games.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics


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on Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

Way to go John on the win! Now that you're back at the top of the ladder, you should also climb to the top of this ladder: Web Link.

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