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No. 2 Cardinal women swamp Spartans, look forward to No. 1 UCLA

 

Five Cardinal players posted hat tricks for the second time this season and No. 2 Stanford downed visiting San Jose State, 23-6, in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo action Saturday.

Stanford's output was its fourth time this season firing home 20 or more goals, the program's most since it did so five times in 1997 in what was its second year of varsity status.

Entering this year, the Cardinal had reached that mark in a single game 11 times in the past 16 seasons.

The Cardinal's 23 goals matched the 23 they scored on March 20 against Harvard. Prior to this year, Stanford hadn't scored that many times in a game since a 23-3 win over against Pomona-Pitzer at the National Collegiate Championships on May 14, 2010.

With Saturday's win, the Cardinal moved to 18-1 overall and 3-0 in MPSF action. It was Stanford's 36th consecutive win in regular-season MPSF play, its 24th straight victory at Avery Aquatic Center and its 36th game in a row holding its opponent to 10 goals or less.

The balanced effort saw hat tricks turned by Ashley Grossman, Jamie Neushul, Kiley Neushul, Gurpreet Sohi and Maggie Steffens. It was Grossman's seventh of the season, Jamie Neushul's second, Kiley Neushul's eighth, Sohi's second and Steffens' fifth.

Gabby Stone played the first three-plus quarters in the cage and made five saves. M-A grad Emily Dorst came in with 4:25 to go in the game and took Stanford home.

The Cardinal is back in action at noon next Saturday when it hosts No. 1 UCLA at Avery Aquatic Center. The two teams have split their meetings this year, with Stanford winning 10-6 in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational on Feb. 1 and the Bruins coming out on top in overtime, 7-6, in the championship match of the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 22.

Women's tennis

No. 10 Stanford blanked No. 51 Washington 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Picking up its fourth straight win, Stanford (13-4, 6-2 Pac-12) also notched its fourth shutout of the season and first since routing Utah 7-0 on March 6.

Ellen Tsay clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at the No. 5 position, representing her 99th career singles win. She also teamed with Caroline Doyle for an 8-5 doubles triumph at the No. 2 spot to give the Cardinal a 1-0 lead.

The results capped a fitting end to Senior Day for Tsay, a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection and biology major.

Tsay, a member of Stanford's 2013 NCAA championship team, has claimed two singles titles and five doubles crowns during her impressive career on The Farm.

Leading 1-0, Carol Zhao's 6-0, 6-0 victory over Elianne Douglas-Miron at the top spot of the lineup. Krista Hardebeck followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court four against Julija Lukac for a 3-0 advantage.

Tsay made it official, as Taylor Davidson, Doyle and Lindsey Kostas contributed victories to complete the shutout.

Stanford's four-match homestand continues next weekend, hosting Washington State on Saturday (10 a.m.) and Pepperdine on Sunday (noon).

Baseball

Washington completed its sweep of Stanford, its first at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond, beating the Cardinal 5-0 Saturday.

Freshman Mikey Diekroeger's two singles were the only Cardinal hits in the series finale. Stanford was outscored 22-3 in the series.

Stanford (11-17, 0-9 Pac-12) struck out only once but was slowed by Washington starter Ryan Schmitten for the first six innings. He allowed a Diekroeger single and hit Drew Jackson in the first before retiring the next 16 batters in order.

Diekroeger finished a productive 5-for-9 (.556) series at the plate. The left-handed hitting third baseman leads Stanford with a .329 season batting average and .432 on-base percentage.

Lefty Logan James (2-3) took the loss, despite keeping the Cardinal in the game for the first 4 1-3 innings. He allowed three runs - two earned - on four hits and six walks.

Reliever Tyler Thorne worked 4 2-3 innings, his longest outing of the season. He allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four with flashes of a tight-breaking off-speed pitch.

The teams combined for nine hits to result in the second quickest game of the season for Stanford (2:34). A nice crowd of 1,970 was on hand.

Stanford has the chance to rebound when it travels to Pacific Monday night as part of a two-game nonconference series. The Tigers (6-23, 5-7 WCC) visit Sunken Diamond Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Women's crew

The Oregon State Classic featured some outstanding close races between No. 5 Stanford and No. 8 Washington.

The Cardinal and Huskies put on a show for the spectators in attendance at Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore. Only one of the six races between the two schools had a margin bigger than five seconds with three races decided by less than two seconds. Stanford came out on top in the final race of the day, while Washington held the edge in the other five races.

"We came into this weekend with new lineups and it was pretty exciting to see what we could do," Stanford junior Katie Toothman said. "We knew Washington was going to be strong. We trained with them at winter training camp and really respect them as an opponent in the Pac-12."

In the aftrnoon, five teams participated in races. Due to potential strong winds, the teams were faced with some adversity. The scheduled start time was moved up 30 minutes on short notice, cutting down the warmup times.

Stanford's varsity eight did not let it affect them, however, as they were impressive from start to finish in a win over Washington, No. 17 Louisville, Minnesota and Oregon State.

The Cardinal learned from earlier in the day when the Huskies sprinted past them in the last 500 meters. The second time around Stanford held off a Washington charge to win by 1.1 seconds. Oregon State was 13 seconds off the lead in third place.

"We really locked in to a rhythm going down the race course," said Toothman. "We trusted one another that we could get through it and pulled it off."

The 2V8 race between the five schools was also a good one. Stanford and Washington were separated by 1.8 seconds with the Huskies getting the win. Minnesota and Oregon State battled it out for third with the Golden Gophers crossing 1.7 seconds ahead of the host Beavers.

Stanford also came in second in the varsity four with a time of 7:48.1. They were 5.5 seconds behind Washington in the first afternoon race.

Stanford raced No. 8 Washington in three dual races during the morning session. The two teams were less than five seconds apart in all three races with the Huskies earning a sweep.

The varsity eight race was extremely close from start to finish. The Cardinal got out of the gates quickly and took a two-seat lead on Washington in the first 250 meters. The two teams matched each other stroke for stroke for most of the race after that until the end. The Huskies used a strong sprint to overtake Stanford and win by 1.8 seconds.

The Cardinal 2V8 had a three or four seat lead for most of the first 1,000 meters over Washington, but it was the Huskies pulling away at the end for a 4.1-second victory.

Stanford's varsity four shaved several seconds off of its times from last weekend, but were unable to get a win as their 7:17.4 was 4.4 seconds back at the finish line.

Men's volleyball

No. 14 Stanford dropped a 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 decision to visiting eighth-ranked USC on Saturday in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action.

"We are getting better, and that is what we are striving for," Cardinal coach John Kosty said. "USC is a good team. They came out and played well. I thought we had some good opportunities. It was a little tough on us trying to battle from behind, but I thought we hung in there in the first two games."

Stanford (7-11 MPSF, 10-14 overall) hung with the Trojans throughout the first two sets. The Cardinal outhit USC .321 to .250 in the opening set, but was unable to gain the lead.

Stanford also stuck around in the second set, hitting .333 while the Trojans posted a .364 clip.

The loss puts the Cardinal into a tie with UCLA for the eighth and final playoff spot in the MPSF. The teams meet in Maples on Friday, April 17.

Redshirt sophomore opposite Gabriel Vega led the team with 11 kills on a .375 attack percentage to go with three blocks and two digs.

Junior Madison Hayden added nine kills, five blocks and three service aces.

Fifth-year senior Daniel Tublin recorded seven kills and seven digs for the Cardinal.

Softball

Stanford jumped to a 6-0 lead but could not stop the Washington offense, falling in the series finale Saturday 17-6 in five innings.

The Cardinal (16-22, 1-8 Pac-12) showcased its resiliency after dropping the first two games of the series and starting the finale with a commanding effort. Stanford registered six runs on eight hits through the first two innings to take a commanding lead.

Despite the offensive outburst by the Cardinal early, Stanford was unable to keep Washington's (34-9, 6-5 Pac-12) bats quiet as the Huskies responded with 17 runs combined in the third and fourth innings.

Hanna Winter and Leah White led the Cardinal with two hits apiece, while six other Stanford players registered a hit each. Winter registered two hits in each game of the three-game series at Washington and has eight hits in the past four games.

Kayla Bonstrom produced two RBIs, and Tylyn Wells, Erin Ashby, Kaitlin Schaberg and Cassandra Roulund contributed a RBI apiece.

Sand volleyball

The Stanford sand volleyball wrapped up the Doctors Hospital Surf and Turf Invitational with a 5-0 sweep over Webber International, Saturday, at Lummus Park on South Beach in Miami.

Four Cardinal pairs won in straight sets against the Warriors, while Jordan Burgess and Merete Lutz forced a third set at No. 3 after dropping the first.

Stanford's top-two teams, Lauren Birks and Brittany Howard at No. 1 and Madi Bugg and Ivana Vanjak at No. 2, both finished the weekend with a 3-1 record.

Playing in an exhibition match for Stanford against Webber was Sidney Brown and Petra Grutzik. The pair defeated Kalei Levy and Vikki Parzygnat, 21-18, 21-16.

The Cardinal returns to The Farm next week to host the Stanford Invitational, April 10-12. Stanford will face Oregon, UCLA and Cal Poly in dual matches before competing in a pairs tournament. Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and Washington will also be participating.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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