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Cardinal men's volleyball holds on to first place in the MPSF

 

The fourth-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team held on to the top spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 25-19, 28-30, 25-23, 25-18 win over No. 10 CSUN in Maples Pavilion on Wednesday night.

Stanford (18-3, 16-3 MPSF), which already has clinched a top 4 seed and hosting duties for the MPSF quarterfinals (April 16), hit .356 as a team and anchored in on defense with 13.5 blocks and 345 digs. CSUN (13-13, 6-13 MPSF) was held to a .171 team hitting percentage, while posting 8.0 blocks and 38 digs.


Having won the opening set in all 21 matches this year, the Cardinal was firing on all cylinders in the first. Hitting .469, Stanford recorded 18 kills on 32 swings with just three errors, while the Matadors registered just eight kills on .143 hitting. For the match, Stanford posted a team season-high 66 kills.

The second set was close throughout and had 19 tie scores and six lead changes before the Matadors evened the match with a 30-28 win. CSUN led for much of the third set as well, but the Cardinal went on an 8-2 run to close it out and take a 2-1 lead in the match. Stanford sealed the win by hitting .450 in the fourth set while holding CSUN to a .100 clip.

Senior Madison Hayden turned in his second double-double of the season with a match-high 20 kills and 11 digs. Senior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski also notched a double-double, the second of his career, with 12 kills on 20 errorless swings (.600) and a season-high tying 10 blocks. Redshirt junior Gabriel Vega added 16 kills on .517 hitting, six digs and tied his career-best with five blocks.

Senior setter James Shaw matched his season-high with 54 assists, while going 5-0-8 (.625) offensively and tacking on five blocks and four digs. Freshman outside hitter Jordan Ewert finished with nine kills and seven digs, while redshirt sophomore Kevin Rakestraw totaled four kills, three blocks and tied his career-high with three digs. Sophomore libero Evan Enriques reached the double-digit dig mark for the ninth time this season, collecting a match-high 13.

CSUN was led by junior outside hitter Jakub Ciesla's 14 kills and 11 digs. Senior Dan Starkey chipped in with 11 kills, while sophomore Josiah Byers recorded nine kills on .533 hitting and four blocks, including three solo.

Stanford wraps up its regular season home schedule on Saturday as it hosts No. 5 Long Beach State at 7 p.m. The Cardinal's four seniors will be honored in a ceremony following the match at Maples Pavilion.

Field hockey

Stanford's Sarah Helgeson and incoming goalie Kelsey Bing will represent the Cardinal this week in the Junior Women's Pan American Championship in Trinidad and Tobago. Bing and Helgeson will compete on the United States U-21 team starting competition on Thursday.

The tournament is composed of two pools comprising nine countries. The U.S. team is set to commence play on Thursday in the last game of the day against the host country of Trinidad and Tobago. A full schedule and more information can be found here.

The top two finishers of the Pan American Championship earn berth to the Junior Women's World Cup on Nov. 23-Dec. 4 in Chile.

Softball

Haley Snyder held Santa Clara to one run and eight Stanford players registered at least one hit to help the Cardinal earn a 4-1 nonconference victory Wednesday night.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Cardinal (12-14, 0-3). Stanford improved to 48-4 all-time against the Broncos.

Snyder (6-6) got the start in the circle for Stanford and was terrific, tossing her fourth complete game of the season and limiting the Broncos (5-29) to one run on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

Kayla Bonstrom led Stanford offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Jessica Plaza and Kaitlin Schaberg contributed an RBI apiece.

Stanford leveled the score at 1-1 in the top of the third inning. Arden Pettit doubled with one out and was brought home on a two-out RBI-double by Bonstrom.

Santa Clara was threatening in the bottom half of the frame with runners on second and third with one out when Casandra Padilla flied out to Savannah Schulze in center field. Amanda Delfino tried to tag up and score on the play, but Schulze threw a dart home to get the runner and end the inning.

Stanford took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Whitney Burks singled up the middle with two outs and was followed by Schaberg who doubled down the right-field line to bring Burks around from first.

The Cardinal led off the top of the fifth with three consecutive singles to load the bases before Plaza delivered the fourth straight single to bring in a run and put Stanford up 3-1. Stanford was unable to capitalize further with the next three batters being retired in order.

The Cardinal scored a run in the fourth consecutive inning when it loaded the bases in the top of the sixth. A wild pitch brought Pettit in from third to give Stanford a 4-1 advantage.

Snyder closed the door, permitting just two hits over the final three innings to keep Santa Clara off the board.

Stanford continues play this weekend at home with a three-game series against Oregon State, beginning Friday at 7 p.m.

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