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Castilleja grad Wolak earns first collegiate tennis victory

 

Castilleja grad Paulette Wolak recorded her first collegiate tennis victory Friday, teaming with Krista Hardebeck to win at No. 3 doubles in No. 10 Stanford's 6-1 victory over visiting Oregon in a Pac-12 Conference match.

Wolak, 0-3 in tournament play, got her first taste of dual-match competition to help the Cardinal (12-4, 5-2 Pac-12) win its third straight.


Paulette Wolak
After capturing the doubles point for a 1-0 lead, Ellen Tsay contributed a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 5 spot. Carol Zhao made it 3-0 following a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at the No. 1 position.

The clincher came from court four, where Hardebeck held off Marlou Kluiving, 6-1, 7-6 (3).

Stanford returns to action Saturday, hosting Washington at noon. The Cardinal will recognize Tsay in a senior ceremony between doubles and singles.

Men's tennis

Stanford outlasted host Oregon, 4-3, Friday to open a two-match road swing through the Pacific Northwest.

The Cardinal (11-4, 3-0 Pac-12) remained unbeaten in conference play, holding on to defeat the Ducks (11-7, 0-3 Pac-12) for its fifth straight win overall.

Stanford, which visits No. Washington on Sunday, took a 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point with victories at the top two courts.

Robert Stineman extended the Cardinal's lead to 2-0, defeating Cormac Clissold 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 5 spot.

Oregon got on the board with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win from Jayson Amos at the No. 4 position, but John Morrissey's 6-4, 6-4 triumph at the No. 2 spot pushed Stanford ahead 3-1.

The Ducks fought back to tie the match at 3-3, with Cardinal rookies Tom Fawcett and David Wilczynski suffering rare losses.

But freshman David Hsu held on for the clincher at No. 6, outlasting Joey Swaysland 7-6 (1), 2-6, 6-4.

Baseball

The highlights were few and far between Friday night in Stanford's 13-1 loss to visiting Washington in Pac-12 baseball action.

Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger collected two hits and Alex Dunlap drove in a run as the Cardinal lost its eighth straight in conference play, matching the longest such streak in at least 57 years.

Stanford could be in the midst of a historic losing streak. Since 1958, the Cardinal has suffered one other eight-game conference losing streak and that occurred March 30-April 14, 2007. Stanford went to the College World Series the next season.

The Cardinal had a string of seven consecutive seasons (1998-2004) when it lost eight or fewer conference games.

During its current streak, Stanford has lost five games by three or fewer runs, and once on a walk-off hit.

The Cardinal (0-8 Pac-12, 11-16 overall) will try to avoid the sweep Saturday when it finishes the series with the Huskies at 4 p.m.

Lacrosse

In an early showdown between Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse powers, Stanford routed host Denver, 14-7, on Friday.

No. 13 Stanford rebounded after a difficult 15-7 home loss to unranked Cornell on Tuesday. But in the three days since, Stanford regrouped against the defending MPSF champ, blasting to a 10-1 lead and building it to 14-2 in the second half.

Mackenzie Tesei, a junior, scored a career-high four goals and had an assist to lead the Cardinal (6-2 overall, 2-0 in the MPSF). The result ends a two-game losing streak to the Pioneers and sets up the Cardinal well heading into a Sunday clash at Colorado.

Kelly Myers scored only 36 seconds into the game and Lucy Dikeou, playing in her hometown, scored the first of her three goals shortly after. The Cardinal built a 4-0 lead and held Denver (6-3, 1-1) scoreless for the first 11 minutes.

After the first Pioneer goal, Stanford countered with a 6-0 run, sparked by Dikeou.

Among the statistical highlights for Stanford were five groundbballs by Rachel Ozer and four each from Alexandra Crerend and Adrienne Anderson. The Cardinal won more draw controls and were 11-for-11 in clears.

Men's crew

No. 12 Stanford was dealt a pair of losses to No. 8 Boston University in an early evening dual at Redwood Shores, marking the home opener for the Cardinal.

"We came away happy with where we are at and faced some tough conditions," said Cardinal coach Craig Amerkhanian. "We need to keep developing and continue to take positive steps forward."

For the second straight year Stanford hosted night racing at Redwood Shores, allowing the Cardinal student-athletes to attend morning classes, race in the early evening and have the weekend off during the racing season.

The one drawback to racing in the evening is the rougher conditions on the water. A strong crosswind made the times for each team a little slower on Friday night.

The Boston University varsity eight put together a strong race to win by open water over Stanford's top boat. The Terriers posted a time of 6:01.70, while the Cardinal followed about eight seconds behind with a time of 6:09.46.

The second race of the evening was the 2V8. The Terriers again came out on top by an eight-second margin as Stanford finished with a time of 6:23.81.

The Cardinal will be back at Redwood Shores next weekend when they host the Stanford Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. Stanford will race No. 1 Washington at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday to start the weekend.

Sand volleyball

Stanford went 1-2 Friday at the Doctors Hospital Surf 'n Turf Invitational held in Lummus Park on South Beach in Miami.

The Cardinal (4-3) opened the day with a sweep over Carson Newman. Stanford's No. 1 pair of Lauren Birks and Brittany Howard clinched the win with a 21-14, 21-16 decision over Rachel Harper and Jenna Wilson.

In its third match, the Cardinal was edged by Florida Atlantic, 3-2. With the match tied 2-2, the Owls' Delaney Clesen and Gabrielle Dischler defeated Jordan Burgess and Merete Lutz at the No. 3 spot.

Stanford finishes the tournament against Webber International on Saturday.

Softball

Hannah Winter collected two hits and Tylyn Wells and Erin Ashby each drove in a run but Stanford dropped a 13-2 Pac-12 decision to host Washington on Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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