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Cardinal women dunk the Golden Bears in the Big Splash

 

Madison Berggren, Dani Jackovich and Anna Yelizarova all had hat tricks, Julia Hermann made eight saves in the cage and No. 3 Stanford was able to exact a bit of revenge on No. 7 Cal, winning comfortably in Saturday's Big Splash, 13-5.

The last time these two teams met on Feb. 7, Cal (19-7, 1-3 MPSF) came out on top 5-2, a result that snapped the Cardinal's 32-game home winning streak and was Stanford's lowest-scoring output in a single game since 2005.


Tom Fawcett
Stanford (18-2, 4-0 MPSF) would have none of that on Saturday, slicing up Cal's defense for 13 goals, including seven in 6-on-5 situations.

The Golden Bears had surrendered double-digit goals just once this season, giving up 10 to Hawaii on Jan. 22, and were third in the MPSF with a 5.12 team goals against average.

Stanford scored twice in the game's first two minutes, led 4-0 after one and never trailed in its wire-to-wire victory. Cal was able to close within two at the half, 5-3, but the Cardinal offense found an extra gear in the third quarter, rattling the cage six times.

The Cardinal was 3-of-3 on the power play in the first quarter in taking a 3-0 edge. Gurpreet Sohi (6:35), Jordan Raney (6:00) and Jackovich (3:41) made those advantages count and Katie Dudley scored her 21st of the season at even strength with 3:25 to go in the opening period.

Berggren tallied Stanford's lone goal of the second quarter, also on the power play (3:16), as Cal had its most fruitful eight-minute stretch, scoring three times.

Berggren hammered another 6-on-5 goal at 6:21 of the third quarter and Jackovich added her second of the game at 6:06 to push Stanford's lead to 7-3. Genevieve Weed scored at 3:45 in the period before Stanford reeled off three more unanswered goals.

Berggren completed her third hat trick of the season (3:24), Yelizarova netted her first of three (1:35), Kat Klass scored in her 16th game this season (1:10) and the Cardinal was up 10-4 late in the third quarter.

Emily Loughlin scored Cal's final goal with 39 seconds left in the period, one possession prior to Yelizarova finishing off another positive 6-on-5 for Stanford.

Yelizarova (6:20) and Jackovich (4:16) secured their hat tricks in the fourth and the Cardinal had three players with at least three goals in a game for the sixth time this season.

Stanford, which has won 43 consecutive regular-season MPSF games, steps out of conference for the final time Sunday when it hosts No. 18 San Diego State at 1 p.m. Team USA's Greg Mescall and Cardinal grad Chris Dorst have the call on Pac-12 Bay Area.

Women's tennis

No. 19 Stanford completed a sweep of its Pacific Northwest road trip, taking down host Washington State, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon in Pullman, Wash.

The Cardinal (12-5, 7-1 Pac-12), which has won five of its past six, will try to avenge its only loss of that stretch next Saturday when No. 1 Cal visits The Farm.

Melissa Lord contributed a 6-2, 6-0 triumph on court six, extending the Cardinal's lead to 2-0.

Fellow freshman Caroline Lampl's 6-3, 6-1 victory at the No. 4 spot put Stanford on the verge of clinching the match before senior Krista Hardebeck's 6-2, 6-3 win, her 14th in a row overall, at the No. 3 position made it official.

Washington State (17-8, 2-7 Pac-12) earned its two points with victories from Donika Bashota and Aneta Miksovska on courts two and five, respectively.

Stanford's regular-season finale is set for Saturday against California at noon. The Cardinal dropped a 4-3 decision to the Golden Bears last weekend in a nonconference match.

Men's tennis

Stanford recorded its fourth Pac-12 Conference victory on Saturday night, defeating visiting Washington, 4-1, at the Broadway Tennis Center in Burlingame. The match was moved indoors from Stanford due to inclement weather.

Cardinal No. 1 player Tom Fawcett collected his fourth clinching point of the season to pace the win.

Stanford (12-8, 4-2 Pac-12) captured the doubles point in quick fashion with 6-1 and 6-2 wins at the top two spots.

Washington (16-6, 3-2 Pac-12) took the first singles point at No. 4, but senior Maciek Romanowicz notched another point for the Cardinal in straight sets.

Michael Genender came through next in the No. 3 position before Tom Fawcett brought it home in straight sets to finish the match.

Stanford finishes its home season on Tuesday, hosting San Francisco at 3:30 p.m. at Taube Family Tennis Center

Beach volleyball

Stanford went 1-1 on Saturday, falling to Boise State, 3-2, before defeating Arizona State, 3-2, in a dramatic finish at the Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium.

"We really needed that final point from Ivana Vanjak and Catherine Raquel to beat Arizona State. After losing our first dual of the day it was imperative that we build some momentum for tomorrow," said head coach Denise Corlett. "The continued strong play of Merete Lutz and Halland McKenna has been particularly impressive as well."

The Cardinal (5-6 overall, 1-1 Pac-12) began the day with a loss against Boise State (4-1). Tami Alade and Karina Robinson fell 21-14, 21-15 at the No. 5 spot, while Courtney Bowen and Jennifer DiSanto fell just short in the second set, losing 21-16, 25-23.

Merete Lutz and Halland McKenna, playing at the No. 3 position, got Stanford back into the dual with their fifth consecutive win, 21-16, 21-11.

The Broncos were able to clinch the dual with an 18-21, 21-16, 15-10 win at the No. 1 spot over Hayley Hodson and Payton Chang. Ivana Vanjak and Catherine Raquel added a 21-19, 21-15 win at the No. 2 spot to make the final score 3-2.

The Cardinal returned in the afternoon with a 3-2 win against Arizona State (8-8, 1-3). Stanford fell behind with Alexis Froistad and Robinson losing 21-14, 21-18 at the No. 5 spot before Bowen and DiSanto equalized with a 21-14, 12-21, 15-11 win at No. 4.

Lutz and McKenna won their sixth-consecutive match at No. 3 by a score of 21-18, 16-21, 15-13. Hodson and Chang fell 21-17, 20-22, 15-11 at the top spot, but Vanjak and Raquel clinched the win for Stanford with a 21-17, 20-22, 15-11 win in the two hole.

Stanford returns to the sand Sunday with matches against Oregon at 11:30 a.m. and Saint Mary's at 2:30 p.m. at the Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium.

Men's volleyball

Third-ranked Stanford fell, 19-25, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday in Rob Gym, in the regula-season finale for both teams.

The same two teams meet again in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament on Saturday. The Cardinal is the No. 4 seed and host the fifth-seeded Gauchos in a quarterfinal match at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

UCSB (19-9, 14-8 MPSF) came out on fire, hitting .615 (17-1-26) in the opening set. Stanford (19-5, 17-5 MPSF) hit .333 and was led by freshman Jordan Ewert's four kills on a .667 attack percentage.

Stanford evened the match at one set apiece, hitting .241 in the second while holding UCSB to a .171 clip.

Sophomore Kyle Dagostino was a spark off the bench late in the set, serving tough and picking up two digs. The Cardinal also stepped up its defensive intensity, notching 12 digs and four blocks.

The Gauchos fired back in the third, hitting .385 as they held off a late run by the Cardinal. Stanford hit .200 in the set, but committed eight attack errors.

In the fourth, Stanford out hit UCSB .412 to .342 in the fourth, but was unable to overcome a 20-15 deficit down the stretch. Dagostino replaced sophomore Evan Enriques at libero in the set, finishing the match with five digs.

Ewert matched his career high with 11 kills and was one dig shy of a double-double. Senior Madison Hayden also tallied 11 kills to pace the Cardinal. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Rakestraw hit .692 with nine kills on 13 errorless swings.

Senior setter James Shaw tallied 31 assists and was 7-0-9 (.778) offensively. Senior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski added seven kills and five blocks, while Gabriel Vega had six kills, eight digs and two aces.

Freshman setter Russell Dervay replaced Shaw in the fourth and finished with eight assists.

Softball

Stanford rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to take a 9-5 lead in the top of the sixth inning but the Cardinal could not hold on and dropped a 13-9 decision at No. 13 UCLA Saturday night in Pac-12 action.

Stanford (13-18, 0-7 Pac-12) scored three runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to erase the deficit, however UCLA rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to retake the lead and secure the victory.

Stanford hit UCLA's pitching well with seven Stanford players combining for nine hits.

Victoria Molina was electric at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the fourth inning and a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. Kylie Sorenson also had a nice night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double.

Sorenson helped highlight a quality defensive performance for the Cardinal at shortstop. Jessica Plaza provided the defensive highlight of the night with a diving catch in foul territory to end the third inning.

Sailing

Stanford is in third place after the first day of the Emily Wick Trophy Race in Connecticut on Saturday.

The Cardinal has 44 points, one shy of second-place Vermont and nine short of leader Brown.

At the PCCSC South Designate in Long Beach, Stanford Cardinal1 and USC Trojans1 are in a first-place tie, each with 18 points, following Saturday's first day of racing.

The Stanford Cardinal2 boat rests in third, with 37 points.

— Stanford Athletics

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