Led by Mariah Stackhouse's 4-under, the Stanford women's golf team opened the Stanford Intercollegiate, hosted by Condoleezza Rice, Friday with a 2-under 282 through 18 holes.
Heading into the weekend with the remaining 36 holes of the home event yet to be played at Stanford Golf Course, the Cardinal is tied with Northwestern for second place and three strokes behind first-place UCLA.
"This was kind of the goal we had coming into today, putting something together that didn't put us out of the championship," Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "It didn't have to be crazy low, but we wanted to put a solid round together, and I think we accomplished that."
Stackhouse rebounded from a double-bogey on the opening par-5 first hole of her round to shoot a 67. Immediately after the double-bogey, Stackhouse responded with birdies on each of the next two holes to get back to even-par.
"On the first hole, I was a little nervous because I'm excited about the fact that it's my junior year and I only have two more opportunities at this tournament," Stackhouse said. "The double bogey motivated me. I needed to get back. My goal right at that point was to be back at even-par by the time I got through five, and I did it by the time I got through three."
Stackhouse eagled the par-5 seventh to get under par for the first time, where should we remain for the rest of her round.
Stackhouse is tied for second place in the individual standings behind UCLA's Bronte Law, who led all players with a 6-under 65 on Friday.
Casey Danielson also finished the first day among the top-10 with a 2-under 69. Quirine Eijkenboom shot a 1-over 72, and Shannon Aubert and Lauren Kim both finished 3-over to bring Stanford's team total to 2-under.
Freshman Calli Ringsby, who was competing as an individual, shot 8-over.
Top-ranked Stanford rallied from a deficit to beat host Colorado, 18-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 15-7, Friday, at the Coors Events Center in Boulder in a Pac-12 match.
The Cardinal (17-0, 7-0 Pac-12) ties its best start to a season since 2007.
After hitting .189 in the opening set, Stanford turned things around and finished with a .319 attack percentage.
The Cardinal also played gritty defense down the stretch, finishing with 71 digs and nine blocks. Colorado (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12) hit .227 and finished with 63 digs and six blocks.
Stanford was led by junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku's 16 kills on a .481 hitting percentage and five blocks.
Senior opposite Morgan Boukather totaled 13 kills and eight digs, while junior outside hitter Brittany Howard had a season high 12 kills, five digs and tied her season high with five blocks.
Junior setter Madi Bugg controlled the offense with 51 assists while tying her career high with 17 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. She also registered a career high seven kills.
Junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess notched her team-best ninth double-double of the year with 10 kills and a season high 19 digs. Senior libero Kyle Gilbert finished with 16 digs.
Stanford completes its road trip on Sunday in Salt Lake City against Utah at the Huntsman Center at 1 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.
Maverick McNealy and David Boote both finished under par to open action for Stanford on the first day of action at the United States Collegiate Championship Friday at The Golf Club of Georgia.
McNealy, who is tied for second among individuals, posted a bogey-free 6-under 66, with each of his six birdies coming in a 10-hole stretch.
Boote was 2-over through 11 holes, responding with three birdies to close the back nine with a 71 at the par-72 track. Boote is tied for 17th.
Overall, Stanford posted a 5-under 283 and sits in fourth among the 15-team field. Virginia went off with a 16-under to lead the pack, trailed by Texas (-10) and Texas A&M (-7).
Viraat Badhwar used bookend birdies to sign off with a 1-over 73.
Franklin Huang was also 1-over and Jim Liu was 7-over.
Badhwar and Huang are tied for 31st.
Stanford's Jessica Plaza was one of 32 athletes invited to the 2015 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball.
The camp will be held Jan. 4-8 in Irvine to determine the 17-player roster that will compete in July 2015 at the World Cup of Softball X and the 15-player roster that travels to the Pan American Games.
Plaza spent the past year as a member of the Team USA Women's National Team and competed in multiple tournaments, including the International Softball Federation Women's World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands.
While competing with the U.S. Junior National Team in 2013, Plaza earned a silver medal at the International Softball Federation Junior Women's World Championship.
Plaza belted six home runs, hit .283 with six doubles, 25 RBI and held a .496 slugging percentage with Stanford in 2014. She held a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate.