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McNealy's individual title paces Stanford men to golf crown

 

Stanford won its third straight regular-season tournament and sophomore Maverick McNealy claimed his first career medalist honor Tuesday at the Southwestern Intercollegiate in Westlake Village.

The Cardinal's 848 was 4-under at the par-71 North Ranch Country Club, and 15 shots clear of runner-up USC. Washington State (873), San Diego State (876) and UC Davis (880) rounded out the top-5.

McNealy closed with a 6-under 65 in the final round of the 54-hole event. He birdied seven holes over the final 18 and finished with a 10-under 203, five shots ahead of teammate Jim Liu (69-69-70), Pepperdine's Kevin DeHuff and host USC's Sean Crocker.

Viraat Badhwar (70-73-72) was the third Cardinal to finish in the top 10, checking in at sixth.

Stanford closed the 2013-14 regular season with back-to-back wins, in addition to winning the Pac-12 Conference and NCAA Regional Championships.

The Cardinal stays on the road by traveling to the Olympic Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational (Sept. 12-13) in Olympia Fields, Ill.

Men's soccer

If No. 15 Stanford was looking to make a splash in its first televised game of the season, consider the mission accomplished.

The Cardinal (3-1) scored three times in just over 11 minutes to knock visiting UC Santa Barbara on its heels, 4-1, Tuesday night.

First it was freshman defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce, who used his 6-foot-1 frame to head home an Austin Meyer corner at the 6:31 mark.

Next it was Bobby Edwards at 9:12 on another flawless setup from Meyer, who played the ball in from midfield to the boot of Eric Verso.

Verso gathered and found a wide open Edwards not more than five yards in front of the goal, which allowed the redshirt senior to easily deposit his second strike of the season.

The opening onslaught was capped by the timely positioning of Slater Meehan, as the junior found himself all alone in the middle of the field when Meyer's corner was punched out. He sent his first career tally past the keeper utilizing a nifty volley struck from 25 yards with just 11:15 gone by.

"They were incredible finishes," Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn said. "It was the same mentality that we've been coming out with [all season, trying to get into teams, but the finishing was absolutely clinical tonight. We did so many things well. The guys were brimming with confidence from the great strikes and it filled them with even more energy rather than taking their foot off the gas."

Stanford's four goals were its most since finishing the 2012 season with a 6-1 victory at California. Perhaps more impressively, each of the Cardinal's four scores was put home by a different player and only one (Edwards) had previously had a goal to his name in 2014.

"We finished some unbelievable chances, but we also created a lot of other good ones as well," Gunn added. "When you really look at where they all came from you had just about everything, which is going to make it very tough to stop us. We played the simple pass out of trouble tonight and then were able to play some wonderful attacking pieces with great passing and movement that was very difficult to handle."

The Cardinal's final goal came early in the second half and was the second of Brandon Vincent's career.

With the ball on his right boot, the junior settled into some open space just outside the 18-yard box on the near side after receiving a pass from Corey Baird. No one aggressively challenged the junior so he casually curled one top shelf, far post, in an impossible spot for UCSB goalkeeper Josh McNeely.

-- Stanford Athletics

Women's volleyball

It was an exciting night of action inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion on Tuesday evening as the Oaks earned a straight-set victory over NCAA Div. II Holy Names University, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-21 to improve to 4-4 on the season and mount a two-match winning streak.

Meeting for the first time since Holy Names left the California Pacific Conference to join NCAA Division II following the 2011 season, the Oaks knew they had a tough test awaiting them in the Hawks.

Holy Names wasted little time building momentum by scoring the first four points of the night. But, a resilient Menlo squad chipped away and eventually tied it at eight all just minutes later. From that point forward, the Oaks would never trail again in the first set and eventually claimed a nail-biting 25-23 first set victory and set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Courtney Calicdan led the Oaks with a match-best 14 kills, followed by Bailey Gamez with eight. Calicdan led all players with 15 digs. Renn Isobe was next with 12.

Next up for the Oaks is a Thursday evening non-conference road test against NCAA Div. II Notre Dame de Namur before they return home next week for match against No. 17 Vanguard.

— Menlo Athletics

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