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The Stanford women's gymnastics team tied or set season bests in each event to earn a season-best 197.400 and the victory Sunday against host No. 7 UCLA and No. 10 Georgia.

The Cardinal went 49.250 or higher in each event and registered meet-best scores on bars (49.525) and beam (49.375) to defeat the Bruins (196.825) and the Bulldogs (197.025).


Victoria Molina
Elizabeth Price won the all-around, tying her career best of 39.675. She also tied for the individual win on bars with a 9.975.

Stanford got off to a strong start on beam with a season-best 49.375. The Cardinal's performance was particularly impressive considering it suffered a fall early in the lineup, increasing the pressure on the remaining gymnasts.

Melissa Chuang and Rachel Daum paced Stanford with scores of 9.925, while Ivana Hong and Nicolette McNair contributed scores of 9.850. Elizabeth Price also had a solid routine and went 9.825.

Stanford continued its strong start to the meet on floor, tying its season high of 49.250. Price led Stanford with a 9.900 and was followed by Spector with a 9.875. Taylor Rice (9.850), Rachel Daum (9.825) and Melissa Chuang (9.800) each contributed scores of 9.800 or higher.

The Cardinal faced some adversity on vault but battled through it to produce a season-best 49.250. Price wowed the crowd with an outstanding yurchenko double full to score 9.975. Hong made her season debut on vault in the anchor position and scored 9.850.

Nicolette McNair (9.850), Taylor Rice (9.800) and Melissa Chuang (9.775) also contributed scores in the event.

Stanford capped its afternoon with an outstanding rotation on bars scoring a season-best 49.525. All six gymnasts scored 9.850 or higher, including five of 9.875 or better.

Price led the way with her second 9.975 of the day and was followed by Hong with a 9.925. Dare Maxwell, Danielle McNair and Rice registered scores of 9.875.

Baseball

Brandon Wolff had two hits, Chris Castellanos threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief but No. 2 Vanderbilt on the rubber match of the three-game series, shortened by one game due to rain, on Sunday.

The Commodores (10-1) beat host Stanford, 5-2, the final contest before the Cardinal takes a two-week break for finals.

Stanford pitchers held the nation's top scoring offense in check throughout most of the series, but the Commodores picked up a pair of runs in the second and added three more in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead midway through the contest.

Stanford pushed back in the fifth when Wulff laced a single into left and pinchrunner Jesse Kuet scored from first on Jack Klein's double down the right field line. Bryce Carter followed with another run-scoring double.

Castellanos, making his first relief appearance of the season, allowed three hits to keep the Cardinal within striking distance of Vanderbilt.

Women's lacrosse

Another offensive showcase from Anna Salemo and Stanford propelled the Cardinal past visiting Vanderbilt, 17-10, Sunday afternoon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

The Cardinal (4-1) came out red-hot in the first half, taking only 12 seconds off the clock before Kelly Myers put away her first goal of the season. Stanford went on a rout after with seven unanswered goals in the first 12 minutes of play with Salemo scoring two of her four on the day and Lucy Dikeou adding two of her three on the day.

The Stanford offense kept firing away, peppering Vanderbilt (3-2) with 22 shots while forcing Commodore goalie Kent Callahan to make six saves. Allie DaCar also put in work between the posts, saving five shots to send Stanford into the break up 10-4.

The second half saw Anna Salmeo come out of the gate to put another goal away with an assist from Lucy Dikeou, who set up five goals on the day. The game looked to be a runaway when the Cardinal pulled ahead 13-5, but the Commodores had other plans scoring four straight goals to cut it to 13-9.

The Cardinal slammed the door in the last 15 minutes of the game with three unanswered goals while dominating possession in the game winning 21 of the 29 draw controls on the day to finish out the 17-10 win.

Sailing

Stanford finished third at the Bob Bavier Team Race in the Charleston Harbor, Crab Bank area, with a final record of 15-9.

Georgetown won the competition in a tiebreaker over host College of Charleston.

Softball

Returning All-American Kayla Bonstrom delivered a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Stanford a walk-off, 8-7, victory over Coastal Carolina as part of the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha tournament Sunday in Hawaii.

Victoria Molina and Lauren Frost each hit a three-run homer for the Cardinal (11-8), which won its fourth straight ahead of the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic this weekend. Stanford opens with Cal Poly at 3 p.m. Friday. Bonstrom finished with a pair of RBI.

The winning rally began after there were two outs and no one on base. Whitney Burks, who had two hits on the day, singled and scored from first, just beating the throw, on Bonstrom's double.

Freshman Carolyn Lee (6-4) got the start, registered a career-high seven strikeouts. She threw her eighth complete game of the season, permitting seven runs -- five earned – on 11 hits and three walks.

Stanford took its first lead of the day in the bottom of the third on Frost's home run, her third of the weekend.

The score remained tied until Burks and Bonstrom combined to end it.

Men's tennis

Nationally No. 39 Stanford wrapped up competition Sunday at the 127th Pacific Coast Doubles tournament.

Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz headlined the Cardinal's performances, reaching the finals of the main draw in doubles, bettering their semifinal appearance from last season. The Stanford duo dropped a 7-6 (1), 6-4 decision to a pair from Oregon State in the finals.

The Pacific Coast Doubles tournament is the second-oldest tennis event in the United States. The event includes players from 19 schools, in addition to teaching professionals, juniors, college coaches, former tour players and independent entrants competing in the 128-team draw.

Men's volleyball

After a come-from-behind win in the opening set, No. 3 Stanford rolled to a 32-30, 25-22, 25-17 sweep over No. 10 Pepperdine on Sunday at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu. The Cardinal has won a season-high eight straight matches.

Trailing 24-22 in the first set, a kill by senior Madison Hayden and an ace from senior Conrad Kaminski tied the set 24-24. The teams traded points until kills by Kaminski and redshirt sophomore Kevin Rakestraw shut the door on the Waves.

There were 28 tie scores and nine lead changes in the first set. The Cardinal recorded 21 kills on a .457 attack percentage, while the Waves had 19 kills on .394 hitting. Stanford has now won the opening set in all 17 matches this season.

Stanford picked up its nine sweep of the season by hitting .432 as a team, while putting down seven aces and collecting 10.0 blocks. Pepperdine, which entered the week as the nation's leader in blocks per set (3.26), registered just 6.0 blocks against the Cardinal, while hitting .312 for the match.

Hayden led Stanford offensively with 11 kills, hitting .391. Redshirt junior opposite Gabriel Vega added nine kills (.368), four digs and three blocks. Both middles, Kaminski and Rakestraw, tallied eight kills and five blocks for the Cardinal. Kaminski also had a match-high three aces, while Rakestraw turned in two.

Senior setter James Shaw controlled the offense with 38 assists, his most in a three-set match this season, and posted six digs, five blocks and three kills. Freshman Jordan Ewert totaled six kills and three digs, while sophomore libero Evan Enriques finished with six digs.

Stanford and Pepperdine will square off again this Saturday in Maples Pavilion. The match is slated for 4 p.m. and will be televised on Pac-12 Bay Area.

Women's beach volleyball

No. 13 Stanford fell to 2-2 after dropping 4-1 decisions to Pacific and St. Mary's on Sunday in the Stanford Invitational at the Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium.

"The team battled all weekend and I am proud of the way they competed to the end," said head coach Denise Corlett. "This was the first NCAA beach competition for seven of our players, so we are only going to get better. Today was definitely a learning experience with which we can improve throughout the season."

The freshman duo of Courtney Bowen and Jennifer DiSanto were the Cardinal's most prolific pair on the day, winning both of their matches, 2-0.

Stanford's No. 1 pair of junior Ivana Vanjak and freshman Payton Chang went 0-2, losing both games in the third set. Also pushing both of their games to third sets were Hayley Hodson and Catherine Raquel.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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