Defending national champions open season with a splash


The top-ranked Stanford women's water polo program began its quest for a third consecutive national championship with a pair of wins on the first day of the LouStrong Memorial, hosted by San Jose State, on Saturday.

The Cardinal defeated No. 10 Pacific in the morning, 16-10, before dispatching No. 9 UC Davis later in the afternoon, 11-6.

Freshman Kat Klass scored seven combined goals in the two games in her Stanford debut, Jamie Neushul added five and Dani Jackovich scored four times in the opener against the Tigers.

Coming off a season missed due to injury, Julia Hermann played all eight quarters in the cage and made three saves in each game.

The tournament continues Sunday with contests against CSU Monterey Bay (9:20 a.m.) and No. 8 San Jose State (1:20 p.m.).

Against the Tigers, Stanford found itself in an early hole after a Pacific goal just over 30 seconds into the match.

The Cardinal responded with six goals of its own in the first quarter. Madison Berggren scored her first collegiate goal at 5:14 and then Klass did the same at 4:41.

Stanford closed the period with goals from Gurpreet Sohi (2:45), Dani Jackovich (1:16 and 0:40) and Jamie Neushul (0:14) to lead 6-4 after one.

Stanford jumped out to a 3-0 lead on UC Davis and never looked back. First-quarter goals from Jordan Raney (4:39), Neushul (3:35) and Klass (0:49), gave the Cardinal an edge it wouldn't relinquish.


Freshman Joey McKenna continued his winning ways as No. 16 Stanford topped Duke, 27-15, Saturday, at Burnham Pavilion in a nonconference meet.

McKenna, ranked second nationally, made it 17-6 in favor of the Cardinal with a 9-1 major decision over Zach Finesilver at 141 pounds. McKenna tallied three takedowns, a reversal and 6:02 of riding time for his 14th win of the year.

Stanford (7-2) travels to Tempe for duals against West Virginia and Arizona State on Saturday. Both duals will be televised live on Pac-12 Bay Area.

Duke jumped to a 6-0 lead before redshirt sophomore Nathan Butler got the Cardinal on the board with a dominating 13-0 major decision over Brendan Walsh at heavyweight.

Connor Schram (13-3) followed with a 10-3 decision over Brandon Leynaud at 133 pounds.

Leading 5-2 heading into the third, Schram chose to start the third in the neutral position. From there he scored two more takedowns and finished with 1:21 of riding time.

Redshirt freshman Walker Dempsey posted a 14-9 decision over Connor Bass at 157 pounds as he tallied four takedowns, two escapes and four near fall points.

Stanford's Peter Galli solidified the Cardinal win with a 10-2 major decision over Alec Schenk at 174 pounds. He racked up three takedowns, three escapes and 2:14 of riding time for his 13th win of the year.

Redshirt sophomore Garet Krohn capped off the scoring with a 9-4 decision over Trey Adamson at 184 pounds. Krohn improves to 11-4 and 2-1 in duals.

Men's volleyball

For the second straight night, No. 11 Stanford went the distance with top-ranked BYU. This time, however, it was the Cougars prevailing with a 16-25, 25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 15-10 win in front of more than 4,800 fans at Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action.

Stanford (3-1, 1-1 MPSF) won the opening set, hitting .478 and registering an 88 percent s ideout ratio. As in Friday's Cardinal victory, the Cougars won the next two before a back-and-forth fourth set went to Stanford.

Tied 9-9 in the fifth, which had seven tie scores and three lead changes, attack errors by seniors Madison Hayden and James Shaw gave the Cougars the lead for good. The Cardinal hit .000 (6-6-20) in the final frame.

Shaw controlled the offense all night for the Cardinal, which recorded 12 blocks and seven aces, posting a double-double with 46 assists and a career-high 16 digs. He also tallied six blocks, five kills and two aces. Hayden finished with a team-high 13 kills and seven digs.

Conrad Kaminski and Kevin Rakestraw were solid all night in the middle for Stanford as neither committed a hitting error. Kaminski finished 11-0-14 to hit .786, while Rakestraw went 11-0-16 for a .688 clip. Kaminski also notched a match-high nine blocks, while Rakestraw's 11 kills were a career-high.

Redshirt junior Gabriel Vega also finished with 11 kills for the Cardinal, while freshman Jordan Ewert totaled five kills, four digs and two aces. Sophomore libero Evan Enriques had nine digs and two assists.

Stanford hosts UC San Diego in its home opener on Friday and No. 4 UC Irvine on Saturday. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

— Stanford Athletics

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