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Danielson in first-place tie, Cardinal golfers in second

 

Junior Casey Danielson shot a 1-under-par 70 on Saturday to help the third-ranked Stanford women grab second in the first round of the 21st Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford Golf Course.

The defending national champion Cardinal posted a four-player score of 3-over-par total of 287, two strokes behind pacesetter Oregon. Cal is third at 289.

The final round will be played Sunday.

"Right about what I would have expected," said Anne Walker, Stanford's Director of Women's Golf. "One of the traits of this team is that we're pretty consistent, and that will win you a lot of golf tournaments. Great to see Casey play well."

After a strong fall season that saw Stanford win two of three stroke-play tournaments, the 13-team event marks the start of the spring season. Weather was foggy at the start, causing a slight delay, but the sun broke through, resulting in warm sunshine on the windless day.

Sparked by a 50-foot birdie putt at the par-4 second hole, Danielson carded an even-par 35 on the front nine and 1-under 35 on the back.

"Nothing came easy but nothing went terribly wrong," said Danielson, in a five-way tie for first place. "I just felt really comfortable out there and it's nice starting the spring on our home course."

Danielson said putting was the key.

"I felt really confident from four, five, eight feet," she said. "That really helped knowing the birdie putts and par putts have a chance."

Like all of her teammates, Danielson enjoyed the holiday break but was excited to resume competition.

"We've had practice for three weeks, so we're ready to see how our games shape up and see how we can improve until May," said Danielson. "Being from Wisconsin (Osceola), I tried to take time off and it was snowing out. I just tried hit balls once or twice a week, just to keep my feel."

Stanford received solid performances from senior All-Americans Lauren Kim and Mariah Stackhouse.

Kim, tied for firth, recorded a 71, shooting 1-under on her opening nine, while Stackhouse rebounded from a tough start to fashion three back nine birdies, capped by a 15-footer at the par-4 18th, and closed with a 1-under 35 to shoot 72.

Junior Quirine Eijkenboom and sophomore Shannon Aubert each shot 74 and are tied for 22nd. Aubert nearly sunk her approach at the par-4 18th hole and converted a short birdie putt.

Final round play on Sunday begins at 8 a.m. on the first tee and 8:25 a.m. on the 10th tee. The tournament is open to the public and admission is free.

Men's volleyball

Seniors Gabriel Vega and Madison Hayden combined for over half of Stanford's 53 kills, helping the sixth-ranked Cardinal upend No. 4 Hawaii for the second straight night, 25-17, 18-25, 28-26, 25-15, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. Stanford has won three consecutive matches and seven of its last eight.

Stanford (10-2 8-2 MPSF) took the opening set 25-17, never trailing and continuing to frustrate the Hawaii offense.

Thanks to three early kills from Vega, the Cardinal took a 10-5 lead before the Rainbow Warriors took their first timeout.

Coming out of the break, Hawaii was able to trim the deficit to 17-15 on a Cardinal error, but Stanford closed the set on an 8-2 run.

Senior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski was the key cog on his team's front line, recording four blocks to slow the Rainbow Warriors.

The Cardinal, winners of three straight and seven of eight overall, dropped the second set, losing its first set over the last three matches.

Stanford regained control early in the third, jumping to a 6-1 advantage before eventually winning 28-26.

Stanford withstood a withering attack from Hawaii (19-3-29; .552), while Vega and Hayden combined for 11 kills in the set.

The Cardinal won the fourth set, 25-15. Stanford took an early lead and never let Hawaii get close, leading by five points or more for a majority of the set.

Hawaii used both of its timeouts in an attempt to regroup, but was unable to claw back into contention.

Stanford held the Rainbow Warriors to a .029 hitting percentage, while maintaining its offensive efficiency (11-3-24).

Vega matched his season-high with 17 kills and a .405 hitting clip, while Hayden totaled 15 kills at a .462 rate.

Kaminski nearly had a double-double, finishing with nine kills and nine blocks. Senior setter James Shaw topped the team with 47 assists, and libero Evan Enriques led all players with 14 digs.

Stanford remains on The Farm next week, welcoming UC Santa Barbara on Friday and top-ranked UCLA next Sunday.

Women's tennis

No. 14 Stanford notched its second shutout of the season on Saturday afternoon, blanking No. 23 TCU, 7-0, at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinal (3-2), which will play all four of its matches this month at home, moved above .500 for the first time since defeating Santa Clara in its season opener.

Stanford went ahead 1-0 after capturing the doubles point, as the fifth-ranked duo of Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle secured the point with a 6-2 victory.

Doyle added a 6-0, 6-4 singles win to extend Stanford's lead to 2-0 before Kimberly Yee snapped a three-match skid with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph on court six.

Melissa Lord came through with her second clincher of the season, defeating Alexandra Zenovka 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 5 spot.

Stanford returns to action against Fresno State on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Softball

Stanford split a pair of games Saturday at the Kajikawa Classic, falling to New Mexico and defeating Cal Poly.

The Cardinal (2-1) played a game filled with missed opportunities against the Lobos (2-0), falling 8-4 after leaving 15 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in three different innings.

Stanford delivered a resilient effort in its second game of the day, earning a 6-4 victory against the Mustangs (1-2). Carolyn Lee made her collegiate debut in the circle and threw a complete game.

Women's lacrosse

A hot start by No. 15 Stanford wasn't enough to stave off a second-half surge by host No. 11 Notre Dame Saturday.

Kelsey Murray scored five goals for the Cardinal, but the Irish answered with 10 goals in the second half to take a 13-9 win.

Murray gave Stanford the lead in the second minute of action. The Irish scored the equalizer 10 minutes later before the Cardinal netted three straight, with Murray, Mackenzie Tesei and Lucy Dikeou scoring, to pull ahead 4-1.

The Irish fought back with two goals to close out the half as the teams headed into the break with Stanford leading 4-3.

The Cardinal wasted no time as it came out of the half to score two more goals to push its lead to 6-3. The turning point came with 19 minutes remaining in the game as the Irish cranked up their offensive attack to score eight unanswered goals to jump out to an 11-6 lead.

Allie DaCar did work between the posts for Stanford, putting up 11 saves in the game as the Irish outshot Stanford 37-15.

The Cardinal returns to action Tuesday for its home opener against conference opponent Saint Mary's. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.

— Stanford Athletics

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