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Cardinal women gymnasts sweep meet at San Jose State

 

No. 10 Stanford swept the event and individual event titles Friday at San Jose State, defeating the Spartans 196.275-193.175 in a nonconference women's gymnastics meet.

Elizabeth Price, Ivana Hong and Pauline Hanset claimed individual victories in all four events to help lead the Cardinal (1-3-1) to its first victory on the season. Stanford matched or surpassed each of its team scores from its season-opening performance at the NorCal Classic.

"The team did a great job and people really stepped up tonight," Stanford coach Kristen Smyth said. "We made a couple of mistakes but did a good job of covering for each other when we needed to."

Stanford opened the meet with a strong performance on bars, highlighted by Price's collegiate debut on the event that earned a meet-best 9.925. The Cardinal posted a 49.175 in the event with five gymnasts scoring 9.775 or higher.

Becky Wing got the momentum going with a leadoff score of 9.850 and was followed by a nice performance from Nicolette McNair who earned a 9.825. Samantha Shapiro and Hong delivered smooth routines to claim scores of 9.800 and 9.775, respectively.

"Becky did a great job setting the tone and we were able to build from there," said Smyth. "Price had a great performance to close the event and was just really fun to watch."

Price led Stanford on vault for the second consecutive meet with a meet-best 9.850. She has claimed individual event titles in each of her three performances this year. Nicolette McNair made her 2015 debut in the event and scored 9.825 to place second.

Hanset and Danielle McNair delivered good vaults to score 9.775 and 9.725, respectively. Rachel Daum was a late addition to the vault lineup but delivered a clutch performance, scoring 9.550 to help Stanford earn a 48.725 in the event.

The Cardinal delivered consistent performances on floor with four gymnasts scoring 9.825 or higher. Hanset performed a powerful routine to earn a meet-best 9.875. Shapiro made her season debut in the event with a strong routine to score 9.850 and finish second.

Haley Spector and Taylor Rice contributed scores of 9.825 to tie for third, while Daum posted a 9.750 in the leadoff position.

Stanford finished the meet on a high note, registering its highest event score of the season with a 49.250 on beam. Hong paced the Cardinal with a 9.900 to finish first, while Wing, Rice and Daum scored 9.850 to tie for second.

"The whole team is stepping up right now and the seniors are doing a nice job helping team stay focused and confident in their work," said Smyth. "It's great knowing there's still room for improvement. To go over 196.000 provides confidence knowing we have the potential for so much more."

Stanford will look to continue its momentum when it heads east next Sunday to take on Penn and Bridgeport at 10 a.m. (PT).

Baseball

Sophomore pitcher Cal Quantrill was named to the Perfect Game Preseason All-America Second Team, three weeks after being selected to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Third Team. The reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2014.

Quantrill made his mark as one of the top freshmen in the country during Stanford's improbable Super Regional run last season. He was named to the Bloomington Regional All-Tournament Team after earning the win in the clinching victory over Indiana, then threw 7.0 innings (6 H, 3 R, 2 ER) in a no-decision against eventual national champion Vanderbilt during the Super Regional.

Men's volleyball

The No. 10 Stanford men's volleyball team dropped a 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 decision to ninth-ranked Lewis, Friday, in the inaugural AVCA Men's Volleyball Showcase at Maples Pavilion.

"I think it is great to get a couple of the top teams in the Midwest coming out here to play at Stanford," Cardinal coach John Kosty said. "BYU is another solid team. I think we will have two more exciting matches tomorrow night with big-time plays and big-time players."

Stanford (1-1) hit .258 and collected 7.5 team blocks, but never led in the match. Lewis (2-0) registered a .393 team hitting percentage and racked up 15.0 blocks in the win.

Conrad Kaminski and Alex Stephanus, each of whom recorded eight kills, led the Stanford attack. Kaminski hit .438 and added four blocks and two digs. Redshirt senior Daniel Tublin finished with seven kills on a .312 attack percentage, while senior middle blocker Spencer Haly hit .500.

"I thought Spencer Haly and Conrad Kaminski played well tonight," said Kosty. "I also thought Daniel Tublin came on and had a nice match for us. I think that is what we are looking for out of him each night."

Junior setter James Shaw, who sat out the season opener while rehabbing an injury, started the match and totaled 14 assists, five digs and two blocks in his debut. Freshman Kyle Dagostino shared time running the offense, recording 20 assists. Redshirt senior libero Grant Delgado collected a team-high seven digs.

"I thought James did a nice job tonight," said Kosty. "It was his first night back and his first time playing in a long time. I like what he did offensively. He had some good blocks. It is a process with this team and with James and I think we are on the right track and moving forward."

Stanford wraps-up the weekend on Saturday, Jan. 10 in a rematch of the 2014 NCAA title match versus Loyola Chicago. The Cardinal and Ramblers will meet at 7 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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