For the second straight match, freshman Hayley Hodson led the No. 7 Stanford women's volleyball team offensively while helping the Cardinal defeat No. 25 Oregon on Sunday at Maples Pavilion. Stanford moves to 10-4 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-12.
A game after recording a career-high .652 hitting percentage in a 3-0 romp over Oregon State, the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Week put together an even more impressive line in the Cardinal's 25-27, 25-23, 25-10, 25-16 victory against the Ducks (9-6, 3-3 Pac-12). The Southern California native tallied a match- and career-high 22 kills and six blocks against the Ducks to go along with seven digs.
"Hayley's good, she's got a lot behind her," Stanford head coach John Dunning said. "I think in the past week and a half she's done some things to get herself by in sync. As you go through the season, you connect a little better each week. Haley's obviously showing people that they have to defend her.
"We've already been through a lot in preseason and in conference, which is great, that makes you better," Dunning added. "This was really good for us, because after we got back from Arizona State, we said, 'Okay, we're going to start from here, and this is what we're going to change about ourselves.' And so to come out and compete, get in a tough situation, fight our way through it, and then play really well is a step in the right direction. I would say the last two games we've executed very well."
In addition to Hodson's career night, Brittany Howard also recorded a season-high in kills (17), and Stanford hit a 2015-best .424 after recording only one attack error over the last two sets. With nine digs, Howard is now just one away from 1,000 in her career. Merete Lutz finished with 15 kills and five blocks, and Madi Bugg notched a double-double with a season-high 55 assists and 12 digs.
The Cardinal heads east this week, playing Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday. Both matches will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Men's water polo
In a pair of top-four showdowns in the Kap7 SoCal Invitational, No. 3 Stanford (14-4) dropped a 9-6 decision to No. 2 USC in the semifinals and suffered a 14-11 setback to No. 4 California in the third-place game Sunday at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on the campus of Pepperdine University.
In its semifinal matchup, the Cardinal faced USC for the third time in less than a month. The Trojans jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before senior Bret Bonanni put Stanford on the board with a goal midway through the first quarter.
USC responded with three straight goals to build a 5-1 advantage at the half.
Back-to-back goals from redshirt junior Griffin Bolan and junior Reid Chase in the first two minutes of the third quarter cut USC's lead to 5-3.
Bolan added a second goal later in the period, but the Trojans recorded two scores in the final 2:12 of the third quarter to take a 7-4 advantage into the fourth.
Bonanni and Chase each posted their second score of the game for the Cardinal in the fourth, but it wasn't enough as the teams traded goals in the period with USC taking the 9-6 victory.
Stanford junior goalie Drew Holland had 10 saves in the cage against USC.
In the third-place game on Sunday afternoon, the Cardinal and Golden Bears met for the first time this season.
Cal scored four of the game's first five goals with sophomore Cody Smith providing the Cardinal's lone goal during the span. The Cardinal continued to chip away at Cal's lead the rest of the period, with two of the quarter's final three scores.
Back-to-back goals from Chase in a span of 41 seconds brought Stanford within one at 6-5 midway through the second quarter.
Trailing, 8-6, at halftime, Bonanni opened the third quarter with a goal 27 seconds into the period. The Golden Bears responded with the next three goals to extend their lead to 11-7 with 2:41 to go in the quarter.
Chase recorded two more goals and Bonanni and senior BJ Churnside each added a score for the Cardinal the rest of the way, but Cal scored three goals of its own over the final 8:12 to earn the 14-11 victory.
Holland had five saves against the Golden Bears.
Sunday's defeats marked the first time all season Stanford dropped back-to-back games.
With 10 goals in four games in the Kap7 SoCal Invitational, Bonanni is 11 goals shy of tying Tony Azevedo's Stanford and MPSF record of 332 from 2001-04. He has scored in 17 of Stanford's 18 games with multiple goals in 14 contests this season.
Stanford returns home to host top-ranked UCLA on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.in its first home competition since Sept. 20.
The ninth-ranked Stanford field hockey team suffered its first shutout of the season in dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 16 Michigan on Sunday in a nonconference affair played at Northwestern.
The Wolverines scored in the 16th minute and held on, even as the Cardinal (9-4) had chances near the end of the first half on multiple penalty corners.
Stanford, which has had 11 of its 13 games decided by a single goal, delivered yet another outstanding defensive effort in a gritty contest that saw three green cards and three yellow cards.
Stanford, which fell to 3-3 against ranked opponents, held a 4-2 advantage in penalty corners, but was outshot, 9-7, by the Wolverines (10-3).
Fran Tew led Stanford with five shots and Dulcie Davies made five saves. Sarah Helgeson and Caroline Beaudoin each added a shot.
The Cardinal returns to action Friday, traveling to Stockton for an America East contest with Pacific. Stanford plays at California next Sunday.
Sophomore Tom Fawcett's impressive run at the Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships came to an end Sunday morning in the semifinals.
Fawcett dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski as both players challenged for a spot in Monday's final.
By reaching the semifinals, Fawcett earned an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships scheduled for Nov. 12-15 in New York.