It was a memorable first start for Stanford freshman


Sidney Brown will remember her first collegiate start. The freshman was nearly flawless for No. 1 Stanford, recording 12 kills and producing a hitting percentage of .706 as the Cardinal women's volleyball team swept visiting Penn, 25-17, 25-23, 25-22, Saturday morning.

Jordan Burgess added 10 kills and hit .450 as Stanford is off to its best start since opening the 2010 season with 14 straight wins.

Sidney Brown
The Cardinal concluded the Stanford Invitational with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-11 victory over Santa Clara in a night match Saturday.

Against Penn, Stanford (7-0) fell behind early in all three sets, but managed to turn things around by hitting .406 for the match and limiting the Quakers to a .220 clip.

Sophomore setter Kelsey Humphreys got the start in place of junior Madi Bugg and finished with career highs of 36 assists and 10 digs, her first career double-double. Senior libero Kyle Gilbert finished with a match-best 14 digs, while registering her first kill of the season.

Junior outside hitter Brittany Howard totaled eight kills and four blocks in two sets, while junior middle Megan McGehee put down a career high three aces to go with a season-best five blocks.

Inky Ajanaku, Merete Lutz and Burgess each added nine kills in the win over the Broncos.

Men's water polo

No. 1 Stanford lived up to its billing in its season-opener, scoring the game's first seven goals en route to a 20-8 victory over No. 22 Concordia at the UCLA Invitational in Los Angeles on Saturday.

All-American Bret Bonanni struck first for Stanford and connected on his first four shots.

Cody Smith and Jackson Kimbell each added three goals.

Stanford returns to action Sunday with two games at the Inland Empire Classic when it face Pomona-Pitzer at 10:20 a.m., followed by a matchup with Redlands.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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