Redshirt senior outside hitter Daniel Tublin recorded his first double-double of the year, posting 15 kills and 10 digs, and the 12th-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team came-from-behind to win, 25-16, 15-25, 28-30, 25-15, 15-11, at Cal Baptist on Friday.
The Cardinal, last year's national runner-up, opened Mountain Pacific Sports Federation competition with the five-set victory.
"We battled tonight," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "We were right there in it in the third set, and then settled down during the fourth and played sideout volleyball. It is a solid win for us. Any time you beat a conference opponent it is big."
Stanford hit .217 while holding Cal Baptist to a .169 clip. The Cardinal was out blocked 15-13.
Junior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski added 10 kills on a .625 attack percentage to go with four blocks.
Junior setter James Shaw directed the offense with 37 assists to go with five kills, five digs and a team-best seven blocks.
"I think one of the keys for us tonight was our right side blocks," said Kosty. "James did a great job shutting down their left side."
Redshirt sophomore Gabriel Vega, who made his first career start, totaled six kills and six digs.
Redshirt freshman Kevin Rakestraw entered the match in the fourth set and made an immediate impact. He finished with three kills on four swings with no errors and five blocks.
"Any time a sub can come in and do their job it is good for us," added Kosty. "Kevin came in and blocked some balls and really increased our momentum."
Stanford plays at eighth-ranked USC on Monday, to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks at 5 p.m.
Women's water polo
Top-ranked Stanford won a pair of exhibition games over China and Brazil at the LouStrong Memorial Tournament hosted by San Jose State on Friday.
The Cardinal beat the Chinese, 10-6, in the morning and defeated Brazil in the afternoon, 13-6.
The defending national champion Cardinal opens collegiate competition Saturday with games against Pacific (9:20 a.m.) and Cal State Monterey Bay (1:20 p.m.) in San Jose.
Additionally, Stanford earned the top spot in the Women's Varsity National Top 20 preseason poll released Friday.
Against China, Stanford dominated the first and fourth quarters to secure the victory. Ashley Grossman, Jamie Neushul and Kiley Neushul each scored twice for the Cardinal, which never trailed against the world's No. 2 team.
Stanford received hat tricks from both Ashley Grossman and Kiley Neushul, as well as goals from freshmen Natalie Chun, Lauren Norheim and Jordan Raney, in the win over Brazil.