Madison Hayden recorded 24 kills on a hitting percentage of .462 and the Stanford men's volleyball team opened its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season with a stunning, 25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11, victory over host BYU, the nation's top-ranked team, Friday.
Gabriel Vega and Conrad Kaminski combined for another 25 kills for the Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 MPSF), which plays the Cougars again Saturday, at 6 p.m., in Provo.
BYU scored the first three points of the match and led, 10-6, when Stanford began to make its move. Vega recorded a pair of service aces and Kaminski added three kills to help the Cardinal open a 12-10 advantage.
The set was tied three more times before Stanford pulled away, with a pair of service aces by James Shaw making a difference.
The Cougars controlled the second set and rallied from behind to win the third set. Stanford staved off four match points before bowing in the third.
A wildly competitive fourth set featured five lead changes and 19 ties before a service error gave the Cardinal match point. Vega delivered the final point on a kill set by Evan Enriques.
Stanford again faced a deficit at the mid-point of the fifth set. The Cardinal took its first, and final, lead at 11-10 on a Hayden kill. Hayden recorded three of the Cardinal's last five points, including the set winner.
Shaw had 54 assists for an offense that hit .290 for the match, including a .500 effort in the final set. Kaminski added a team-high seven blocks and Vega recorded nine digs.
BYU hit .325 as a team and out-blocked the Cardinal, 12.5-8. Stanford held the advantage in digs, 35-31, and in aces, 8-2.
Winning nine of the 10 bouts, No. 16 Stanford dominated visiting Utah Valley, 37-5, Friday at Burnham Pavilion in a nonconference meet.
The Cardinal (6-2) hosts Duke at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Redshirt sophomore Nathan Butler set an early tone for Stanford, opening the meet with a 2-0 decision over Dustin Dennison at heavyweight.
After no score in the opening period, Butler rode out Dennison in the second and picked up the escape in the third to improve to 18-4 on the season.
In the most anticipated match-up of the evening, Stanford's Connor Schram, ranked 20th nationally, won in sudden victory, 3-1, over 18th-ranked Chasen Tolbert at 125 pounds.
Tied 1-1 heading into overtime, Schram scored a takedown in seven seconds for his 12th win of the season, and his first over a ranked opponent.
True freshman Joey McKenna, ranked second in the nation, improved to 13-1 on the year and 5-0 in duals with a 14-0 major decision over Jarod Maynes at 141 pounds.
Redshirt freshman Paul Fox increased the Stanford lead to 14-5 with a 15-3 major decision over Matthew Ontiveros at 149 pounds and redshirt freshman Walker Dempsey notched a 7-3 decision over Raider Lofthouse at 157 pounds.
After a forfeit win, redshirt junior Peter Galli registered a 16-0 technical fall in 3:49 over Ross Taylor at 174 pounds.
Redshirt sophomore Garet Krohn got in on the action with a 10-2 major decision over Will Sumner at 184 pounds and senior Micahel Sojka capped the scoring with a 17-0 technical fall of Aryton Almberg at 197 pounds.
Krista Hardebeck and Melissa Lord booked a pair of singles victories on the opening day of competition at the Freeman Memorial Invitational in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon.
Stanford wrapped up its first day of action at the NCTC Classic in Indian Wells on Friday afternoon.
Taylor Davidson, Caroline Doyle, Lindsey Kostas and Naomie Rosenberg are representing the Cardinal.
Stanford's Michael Genender advanced into the quarterfinal round of the Sherwood Collegiate Cup with a pair of victories on Friday.
Sameer Kumar and Nolan Paige each won their first-round matches but then fell in the Round of 16. David Wilcynski and Roy Lederman lost in the first round but came back to win in the consolation round. Brandon Sutter lost twice.