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Stanford men hit their way to a volleyball victory

 

Behind a balanced offense and a strong defensive performance, the sixth-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team swept No. 4 Hawaii, 25-18, 25-19, 25-16, Friday at Burnham Pavilion.

Stanford (9-2, 7-2 MPSF), which leads the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in hitting, posted a .389 clip while holding Hawaii (9-3, 4-3 MPSF) to a season-low .064 attack percentage. It was also a season-low by a Cardinal opponent.

The Cardinal registered 10 blocks to 5.5 by the Rainbow Warriors, held a 21-18 edge in digs and put down eight service aces.

Stanford opened the match with a 25-18 win in the first set and was down, 19-16, in the second when Clay Jones subbed in and served the final eight points of the set, capping a 9-0 run with an ace. Stanford dominated the third set.

Senior Conrad Kaminski paced the Cardinal with 11 kills on .600 to go with five blocks. Senior Madison Hayden added nine kills on .500 hitting, four digs and two blocks, while freshman Jordan Ewert finished with eight kills, four digs and two blocks.

Senior setter James Shaw tallied 32 assists, while hitting .667 (4-0-6). He also notched four blocks and two digs. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw recorded three aces and four blocks, while Jones finished with two aces, two digs, a kill and a block assist.

Sophomore libero Evan Enriques, a native of Punalu'u, Hawaii, had four digs and recorded his first kill of the season.

Stanford and Hawaii square off again on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

Softball

Bessie Noll hit two home runs, supporting Haley Snyder's career-best eight strikeouts and Stanford netted a 11-0 season-opening victory in five innings against Portland State on Friday night.

The Cardinal came out swinging, batting through its lineup and producing five runs in the top of the first inning. Eight Stanford players registered at least one hit.

"You're always happy with a win but more importantly I'm pleased with how they played," said Stanford head coach Rachel Hanson. "They competed every single pitch. Even when we went up early, they kept playing like it was a 0-0 ballgame."

Snyder (1-0) was particularly impressive on both sides of the plate, holding the Vikings (0-1) to three hits and no walks in 5.0 innings of work.

She also registered the first hit of her collegiate career in the top of the first inning. With the bases loaded, Snyder sent a hard hit shot to opposite field down the right field line for a three-RBI triple.

"I'm really proud of how Haley has grown as a pitcher," said Hanson. "She attacked the zone and if she made a mistake, she corrected it immediately. She did a tremendous job at the plate to go to opposite field and stretch it into a triple."

Noll has shown flashes of big offensive power during the past two seasons and put it on full display.

She hit the first of her two home runs in the top of the third inning - a two-run laser to left field. Noll hit a towering solo home run to center field in her final at-bat in the top of the fifth inning to cap Stanford's scoring on the night.

"Her athleticism was on full display tonight in the two giant shots and her play defensively," said Hanson. "She really took charge, which is what we need her to do in the outfield."

All-American Kayla Bonstrom picked up right where she left off, going 2-for-3 with a home run and a team-high three runs. Her home run was a deep shot to right field that came in the at-bat immediately following Noll's in the third inning.

It is the 26th home run of Bonstrom's career and she is now two home runs shy of seventh on Stanford's all-time list.

"Kayla works so hard all offseason to never have an off day," said Hanson. "She doesn't start the season off slow – she came ready to play and did a great job at the plate with disciplined approaches. She really helped set the tone at the plate today."

Kylie Sorenson had a strong showing at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance, while Jessica Plaza, Whitney Burks and Lauren Bertoy contributed an RBI apiece.

Burks, Molly Fowkes and Lauren Frost each made their collegiate debuts. Fowkes picked up her first collegiate hit with a single in the first inning.

"I loved that we had a consistent approach from freshmen to seniors from the start of the game to the end of the game," said Hanson.

Stanford will look to continue its momentum Saturday when it takes on New Mexico at 2:30 p.m. (PT) and Cal Poly at 5 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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