Stanford sets volleyball record, clinches Pac-12 title tie


The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team won its 28th straight match to set a program record for wins to start a season, beating No. 19 Colorado, 25-17, 25-18, 25-13, Saturday at Maples Pavilion.

More importantly, the Cardinal (18-0 Pac-12) clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title, needing a win at Washington or California next weekend to win it outright.

Stanford's Morgan Boukather and Kyle Gilbert, along with student manager Keith Wyngarden, were recognized prior to the start of the match during the Cardinal's Senior Night celebration.

Boukather finished with nine kills, eight digs and three blocks, while Gilbert had 10 digs, the 28th time she has reached double-digits.

Stanford hit .353 as a team, racking up eight blocks and four aces. The Cardinal held the Buffaloes, who were on a three-match winning streak, including a win over then-No.2 and undefeated Washington, to a .086 attack percentage.

Stanford junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess led all players with 13 kills on 24 swings with no errors, hitting a season high .542. She added 14 digs for her 16th double-double. For good measure, Burgess recorded two aces.

Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku totaled seven kills on 15 attempts with just one error to go with four blocks.

Junior setter Madi Bugg guided the offense with 33 assists, while redshirt freshman Merete Lutz finished with six kills and four blocks. All 13 players on the Stanford roster saw action against Colorado, including junior Megan McGehee who tallied three kills and an ace.

Stanford hits the road next week for its lone meeting of the season against the fifth-ranked Huskies on Wednesday at 5 p.m., a match to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Men's basketball

Chasson Randle, named to the All-Tournament team, scored a game-high 22 points to lead Stanford in its 70-59 loss to No. 4 Duke on Saturday in the finals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Stefan Nastic had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, although he fouled out trying to keep Duke's athletic, 6-11 Jahllil Okafor from getting to the basket.

Nastic played 89 career games at Stanford without logging a double-double before this season. He has two in four games.

Okafor was able to take advantage of the void left by Nastic and scored eight of his 10 points during the final minutes of play. He also had 12 rebounds to match Nastic's double-double.

"Jahlil is a great player," Nastic said. "You have to respect a guy that is that type of threat. I just tried to give my best effort."

Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins lost to his former mentor, as both a player and an assistant coach, Mike Krzyzewski in their first meeting as coaching rivals.

"It was difficult to compete against a friend and mentor," Dawkins said. "Of course it was very awkward. You get so used to being on the same bench and then you are somewhere different. I don't think that's something you look forward to. That's why we don't schedule each other, not something we intentionally try to do."

Randle moved into sole possession of third place on Stanford's all-time scoring list and trails only Adam Keefe (2,319) and Todd Lichti (2,336). He scored 40 points over the weekend to move past both Brevin Knight and Casey Jacobsen. Randle has 1,726 points.

"We got beat by a very good team," Dawkins said. "They are the best team we have faced this year. I think we will grow from the experience."

Randle also extended his consecutive free throw streak top 24, which dates to last season's NCAA game against Dayton. Chris Hernandez holds the record with 40.

Stanford (3-1) returns home to face Delaware on Tuesday in an 8 p.m. nonconference game to be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

Anthony Brown added 11 points and seven rebounds and Reid Travis grabbed 12 boards.

Men's swimming

No. 10 Stanford completed its dominance of the three-day Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, TX Saturday. The Cardinal compiled 1,523 points to win the event by nearly 1,000 points over second-place LSU.

"The team got going this weekend," Stanford coach Ted Knapp said. "We saw much improvement in many of the areas we've been working on. While there were some best times, it's easy to look at the guys that placed near the top. But as a team, I was pleased with our efforts in each of the relays. Many, many swims were better than this point last year, and several freshmen contributed lifetime bests."

Stanford returns to action Jan. 10 for an 11 a.m. home meet with Pacific.

David Nolan narrowly missed an NCAA A-cut mark in the 200-yard backstroke, cruising ahead of the pack after the first 100 yards to a 1:41.03 win.

Thomas Stephens posted a standout 43.66 in the 100-yard freestyle with Connor Black contributing a 43.81 for second. Sam Perry put in a 44.22 for third.

Max Williamson's 1:56.98 won the 200-yard breaststroke, including a 30.22 split on the last 50 yards.

Gray Umbach was on pace for an NCAA A-cut through 150 yards of the 200-yard butterfly, and his 1:43.20 was good enough for gold. Tom Kremer took third in 1:45.37.

Stanford went 1-2-3 in the 1,650-yard freestyle, headlined by Danny Thomson's 15:06.40.

Nolan led off the 400-yard freestyle relay in 43.15 as the squad combined to go 2:53.01 for an NCAA A-cut to put a wrap on the championship-style format. Even more, Stanford's B-unit went 2:55.84 for second.

Women's swimming

Stanford finished the Art Adamson Invitational in second place after winning three events Saturday.

Freshman Simone Manuel produced her third A-cut with a 46.62 in the 100-yard freestyle, classmate Janet Hu won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:55.31 and the 400-yard freestyle relay team took the final swim of the meet.

"I'm pleased with our team's performance this weekend," Cardinal coach Greg Meehan said. "Racing hard three days in a row this time of year gives us feedback for how we can be successful in March. We definitely have some areas where we need to be better and I'm looking forward to working on those when we get back."

Manuel continued to fill up the Stanford record book by clocking her third school record in as many days. The 46.62 eclipsed Lia Neal's mark from last year's NCAA meet and lowered Manuel's American record. The Sugar Land, Texas native owns the program's best 50-, 100- and 200-yard free records.

Hu ended the invite with four individual wins, including an easy victory in the 200 fly. She won by nearly two seconds (1:55.31-1:57.09) over teammate Mackenzie Stein. The top two, as well as Lindsey Engel in fourth (1:57.26) and Ally Howe (1:58.33) made B-cut times.

Stanford closed the meet with its fifth relay victory of the three-day invite. Maddy Schaefer, Manuel, Neal and Hu earned first place with an A-cut time of 3:10.77 in the 400 free relay, a time that would have won last year's NCAA title.

Host Texas A&M's 1,204.5 overall points was good for first, ahead of the Cardinal's 1,137.5.

On the diving boards, Lilly Hinrich placed second in the platform competition with 287.5 points.

"Lilly was the highlight of the women's side with our best finish of the meet on platform," said Stanford diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. "She also was very consistent on springboard."

Stanford takes the next two months off from competition and will start again Jan. 23 in Tucson, against Arizona.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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