Stanford women roll to 5-1 tennis victory over UCLA


Getting a break from the weather after having a match rained out Friday, the No. 23 Stanford women remained unbeaten at home with a 5-1 victory over No. 25 UCLA on Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Krista Hardebeck's 6-4, 7-5 win at the No. 3 spot turned out to be the clincher after the Cardinal (7-3, 2-1 Pac-12) had taken command in singles against the Bruins (9-4, 2-1 Pac-12).

Stanford moved in front 2-0, winning a pair of matches on the back courts within minutes of each other. Kimberly Yee cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 6 before fellow freshman Melissa Lord prevailed, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 5.

Caroline Doyle's 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 2 position then moved Stanford one step closer before Hardebeck secured the match.

With the match already decided and rain expected later in the afternoon, the doubles competition was not played.

Meanwhile, Stanford's match on Sunday against No. 43 USC will not be played. Instead, the Trojans will face California in Berkeley on Sunday after their match was postponed Saturday.

Stanford and USC will make up their match at the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, only if necessary to determine the conference title.

Men's volleyball

The third-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team had its eight-match winning streak come to an end at the hands of No. 9 Pepperdine (22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 16-14), Saturday, in Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal (15-3, 13-3 MPSF), which won the first two sets, hit .326 for the match, but was out hit by its opponent for just the third time this season. Pepperdine (10-6, 9-6 MPSF) turned in a .341 attack percentage and tallied 13.0 blocks, 40 digs and four aces.

Redshirt junior Gabriel Vega led Stanford with 16 kills, seven digs and tied his career-high with five blocks.

Senior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski recorded a career-high 15 kills on .542 hitting to go with eight blocks and an ace. Senior Madison Hayden finished with 15 kills and nine digs.

Senior setter James Shaw controlled the offense with 48 assists. He also tallied three kills, five digs and five blocks.

Redshirt sophomore Kevin Rakestraw had seven kills on 14 errorless swings (.500) and three blocks, while sophomore libero Evan Enriques finished with a match-high 11 digs.

The Cardinal hit .400 or better in the two sets that it won, but was held to under .300 hitting in the final three sets.

Stanford will take a 12-day break for finals before taking the court again on Thursday, March 24 against USC.


Kylie Sorenson gave Stanford something to celebrate in a 10-2 setback to Cal Poly on Saturday as part of the Louisville Slugger Invitational.

Sorenson's two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth ended the Mustangs' shutout bid. She collected both of the Cardinal's hits in the contest, adding a double.

Stanford (11-10) lost to Tulsa, 11-0, later in the day.

Stanford begins preparation for finals week and will have next weekend off before playing host to Dartmouth on March 22 at 2 p.m.

The Cardinal then hits the road to begin Pac-12 play at Oregon March 24-26.

— Stanford Athletics

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