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Cardinal women remain unbeaten in volleyball

 

The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team remained perfect this season by sweeping No. 12 Oregon, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21, Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.

Junior Jordan Burgess led the Cardinal with 15 kills on a .371 hitting percentage and 11 digs. She now has a team-best 13 double-doubles on the season.

Senior opposite Morgan Boukather hit a match high .625 (11-1-16) to go with five digs and three blocks.

Stanford (22-0, 12-0 Pac-12) returns to The Farm this weekend to play No. 19 Arizona State on Wednesday and No. 15 Arizona on Friday. Both matches are slated for 7:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.

Junior setter Madi Bugg directed the offense, accumulating 43 assists to go with eight digs and a solo block. Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku was one of her favorite targets as she tallied 11 kills on 23 swings to hit .348.

Defensively, senior libero Kyle Gilbert and junior Brittany Howard registered 10 digs apiece. As a team, Stanford hit .319, while Oregon hit .232. Stanford held an 8.0-3.0 advantage in the block column.

Women's basketball

With a new look and an updated attack, Stanford utilized its speed and mobility to defeat Vanguard, 105-50, in exhibition action at Maples Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.

Lili Thompson led a quartet of Cardinal in double figures with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Starting posts Erica McCall and Kaylee Johnson each posted double-doubles, as the sophomore McCall went for 15 and 10 and the freshman Johnson tallied 12 points and 16 boards. Karlie Samuelson added 17 points off the bench in 19 minutes, was 5-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-6 from behind the arc.

Women's soccer

Taylor Uhl had three goals and an assist and Lo'eau LaBonta scored twice to lead No. 4 Stanford to a 7-0 Pac-12 rout of winless Oregon State on Sunday at Cagan Stadium.

Stanford (16-1-2 overall, 8-1-1 Pac-12) out-shot Oregon State (0-16-3, 0-11-0) by 48-3, breaking the school record of 42 against Sacramento State in a 2010 NCAA first-round match.

The hat trick was the first at Stanford for Uhl, whose 54 career goals rank her No. 4 on the active NCAA Division I career list.

Uhl has scored her six goals in her past five matches, and her seven points in a match had only been achieved seven times in school history, most recently by Christen Press against Utah in 2010.

Uhl also became the 20th Stanford player to record a hat trick, and the second this season following two by sophomore Ryan Walker-Hartshorn.

This was the final regular-season home match for Stanford's seven graduating seniors -- plus Haley Rosen who will return for a fifth season – and seniors had every goal and assist.

"Today was a celebration of the seniors," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "I was very happy to see them play with such emotion."

Rosen and Chioma Ubogagu also scored for Stanford. In fact, Ubogagu's was the most spectacular of the match as she dribbled through nearly the entire Beaver defense inside the box to set up a short-range shot that closed the scoring, in the 86th minute.

"Chi's a special player and she can score unbelievable goals," Ratcliffe said. "She has such great ability. That was a fantastic goal to watch."

Lauren Schmidt earned her first two career assists. Others went to LaBonta, Rosen, and Hannah Farr.

Stanford blasted out of the gate with two Uhl goals in the first eight minutes.

Schmidt, making her first career start, set up Uhl with the first goal, only 2:34 into the match with straight-on shot in the box. Uhl headed in Rosen's corner at 7:49.

Though Ratcliffe substituted his starters for much of the match, he put all his seniors on the field together for the final 10 minutes and the Cardinal erupted for three superb goals.

Farr's pass from the left was met by a gentle and composed full volley from Uhl for her third goal of the match.

Moments later, Uhl made a touch back pass that LaBonta blasted in. Finally, it was Ubogagu's turn with her weaving foray through the heart of the defense.

"I was so amped for today," Schmidt said. "The underclassmen decorated the locker room and made it look amazing, with balloons all over the floor and posters for each senior. It really made us feel important. We were having a jam session before the game, pumping everyone up.

"The energy, just stepping on the field to warm up was crazy. It just kept building. By the time we got on the field to start the game, it was just ours for the taking."

"It was incredible. We really wanted to go out with a bang and that's what we did."

The Cardinal closes the regular season Thursday (2 p.m.) at California. With a victory, Stanford can catch first-place UCLA if the Bruins lose at USC on Friday, tying them for the title.

Either way, Stanford is expected to play host to a first-round NCAA tournament match on Friday, Nov. 14.

Men's soccer

Redshirt senior Austin Meyer chose an opportune moment to score his second career goal, and his first in over two years.

Meyer's game winner in the 98th minute lifted the No. Stanford to a 1-0 victory over the Aztecs at SDSU Sports Deck on Sunday.

Meyer became the 12th different Stanford (10-2-3 overall, 3-1-3 Pac-12) player to tally a goal in 2014, a varied number of scorers which leads the Pac-12 and is the most for the Cardinal since 2009 (12).

With Jordan Morris in the final third, the sophomore looked to get a shot off, but instead dished off to Meyer, who smashed home a diagonal rocket from outside the box to win the game.

"Obviously when you're creating chances and getting them from different positions it's going to make it tougher for opponents to pinpoint where our goals are coming from," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "It was a fantastic road victory. San Diego State had a good game plan trying to making things difficult for us, but we kept persevering and eventually broke the dead lock in overtime."

The win was Stanford's 10th of the season, matching last year's win total, and the Cardinal's third in Pac-12 play after drawing UCLA twice and Cal once in its last three league games.

Stanford has not lost an overtime game since Nov. 1, 2012, a streak that is now at 13. The Cardinal is 6-0-7 in such contests over that span.

Sunday's win was the Cardinal's sixth shutout of 2014, as sophomore keeper Andrew Epstein lowered his goals against average to 0.83.

"It's always good to get three points," Gunn said. "Our players stood strong defensively and showed tremendous grit and determination. They're willing to fight through anything."

The Cardinal returns home Friday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (3 p.m.) for matches against Washington (11-3-1, 4-2-1) and Oregon State (9-6-1, 2-4-1), both of which will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

"It was great to get the result to conclude an excellent road trip," Gunn said. "We played tremendous soccer and really showed an incredible mindset."

Wrestling

Winning eight of 10 bouts, the Stanford wrestling team defeated CSU Bakersfield, 25-6, Sunday, in Bakersfield.

The Cardinal improves to 2-0, 1-0 in the Pac-12, while the Roadrunners drop their season opener and fall to 0-1 in the conference.

Stanford won the first five bouts to build a 16-0 advantage. Redshirt junior Michael Sojka opened the dual with an exciting three-overtime 5-4 decision over Matt Williams at 197 pounds.

Redshirt freshman heavyweight Nathan Butler recorded a 2-0 decision against Alex Encarnarcion-Strand.

At 125 pounds, true freshman Mason Pengilly registered his first collegiate win, a 9-1 major decision over Sean Nickell.

Redshirt freshman Connor Schram won a 4-2 overtime bout against Ian Nickell at 133 pounds.

True freshman Isaiah Locsin moved to 2-0 on the year, edging Timmy Box, 4-3, at 141 pounds.

Making his season debut, redshirt sophomore Jim Wilson, ranked 17th nationally, edged Adam Fierro, 1-0, at 165 pounds.

Redshirt sophomore Zach Nevills, who also made his season debut against the Roadrunners, closed out the dual with a 3-1 decision over Sean Pollock at 184 pounds.

Stanford returns to The Farm next week for its home opener against No. 8 Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Cardinal and Wildcats will meet at 2 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Sailing

Stanford finished sixth at the Victorian Coffee Urn Regatta, hosted by Dartmouth over the weekend.

The Cardinal finished with 172 points. Boston College won the team trophy with 89 points.

Stanford was third at the Nickerson Trophy, hosted by Tufts. The Cardinal finished with 111 points while Boston College won with 82 points.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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