The eighth-ranked Stanford women's tennis team snapped a rare losing skid with a 6-1 victory over visiting No. 47 Saint Mary's on Friday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Stanford (2-2) was coming off back-to-back losses against top-25 foes last weekend, dropping its record to under .500 for the first time in school history, spanning 42 seasons and 1,032 matches.
On Friday, perhaps the Cardinal simply benefited from returning home, where it has lost only six times in the past 17 years.
The Cardinal breezed through doubles, highlighted by Melissa Lord and Kimberly Yee posting a 6-0 victory at the No. 2 spot to set the tone.
Caroline Lampl extended the lead to 2-0 following a 6-3, 6-1 win at the No. 4 position before Krista Hardebeck followed with a 6-3, 6-3 result on court three.
Lord then provided the clincher with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph at the No. 5 spot.
Stanford remains at home, meeting TCU next Saturday, Feb. 13, at noon.
After winning the opening set, sixth-ranked Stanford dropped the next three to fall at No. 2 Long Beach State, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23, Friday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.
Stanford, which has won the opening set in all nine matches this season, falls to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the MPSF. Long Beach State moves to 8-2 and 5-2.
The 49ers hit .287 as a team and posted 13.0 blocks, a big reason why the Cardinal hit a season-low .267. Stanford also struggled with its passing for most of the match, yielding nine service aces to Long Beach State. Josh Tuaniga led the 49ers with four aces.
Gabriel Vega and Madison Hayden paced the Cardinal with 17 kills apiece. It was a season-high in kills for Vega, who hit .419 and added eight digs. Hayden hit .406 and collected nine digs and a solo block.
Senior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski finished with six kills and four blocks for the Cardinal.
Senior setter James Shaw posted 41 assists, five kills, four digs and four blocks on the night. Jordan Ewert and Kevin Rakestraw tallied four kills each. Sophomore libero Evan Enriques registered a career-high 18 digs, marking his fourth double-digit dig performance of the season.
Stanford finishes its four-match road swing on Saturday at Cal State Northridge.