With four-time Olympic medalist and 2000 graduate of Stanford Kerri Walsh Jennings looking on, the Cardinal improved to 10-4 on the season with a 3-2 win against California on Tuesday at the Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium.
"I was really happy about the responses from our team today, whether it was giving up six points and bouncing back or making calm changes to our game when pressed," said first-year head coach Andrew Fuller. "It was a surreal moment to have Kerri on the court with us, knowing that all of this – collegiate beach volleyball and the growth of our sport – is a ripple effect from the steps she has taken."
Stanford took the early lead after Catherine Raquel and Shannon Richardson won two lengthy sets, 23-21, 26-24. Cal fought back with a win in the No. 5 match – the Cardinal's pair of Courtney Bowen and Kat Anderson dropped a three-setter, 17-21, 21-14, 16-14, to make it 1-1.
Stanford clinched the dual with points in quick succession, with the No. 1 and No. 2 pairs both picking up 2-0 wins in the second wave of matches. Kathryn Plummer and Jenna Gray put the Cardinal ahead, 2-1, with a 21-19, 21-12 win, before Ivana Vanjak and Payton Chang clinched the dual at 3-1 with a 22-20, 21-12 in the No. 2 match.
No. 3 Morgan Hentz and Caitlin Keefe dropped their match, 21-19, 16-21, 17-15, to make the final score 3-2 in favor of Stanford.
Prior to the dual, Stanford Director of Athletics Bernard Muir joined Walsh Jennings for a special ceremony on Court 1.
The court was named in honor of Walsh Jennings, a four-time All-American at Stanford who helped deliver indoor national championships to The Farm in 1996 and 1997.
"We were honored to play Cal in Kerri's presence," added Fuller. "We have a great weekend ahead with Oregon, Boise State and Washington, and I'm excited about the direction of our team."
The Cardinal returns to action on Friday when it hosts Oregon at 3 p.m.
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A five-run second inning sparked No. 18 Stanford to a 9-3 win at San Jose State on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium.
Jack Klein, Matt Winaker and Quinn Brodey each had two hits for the Cardinal, while five hurlers combined to conquer the Spartans.
A pair of freshmen combined for five shutout innings to start the game, and a pair of seniors finished it off. Erik Miller tossed the first three innings and allowed just one base runner on an infield single, while Will Matthiessen struck out three in the next two frames. Tyler Thorne and Brett Hanewich recorded the last seven outs without allowing a run.
Stanford (18-10) capitalized on a walk and two hit batters to score five runs on just three hits in the second. Sophomore Duke Kinamon drew a bases loaded walk to start the scoring. Freshman Maverick Handley knocked in a run with a single up the middle and Klein followed with a two-RBI, opposite field single to right. Winaker's sacrifice fly gave the Cardinal a five-run lead it did not relinquish.
The Cardinal added two more with two out in the sixth. Sophomore shortstop Nico Hoerner singled home a run and then scored from first when Brodey lined a double down the right field line.
San Jose State scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh to close to within 7-3, but Hoerner and Brodey duplicated their efforts from the sixth with an RBI apiece in the eighth for a 9-3 advantage.
Fueled by Kelsey Murray's career-best seven goals, the Cardinal pushed its all-time record against Fresno State to a perfect 10-0 with a 17-4 win Tuesday night at Stanford Stadium as part of One Love week.
In a twist of fate as well, Murray's one assist, eight points and seven goals tied her for second in assists, third in points and seventh in goals in Stanford career history – all with the same player, Kelsey Twist.
Stanford (8-4, 3-1 MPSF) stormed out of the gate to score 10 unanswered goals in the first 23 minutes of the half with Murray putting away the first five. Fresno State (8-6, 1-5 MPSF) was able to grab a goal, but the Cardinal added three more to head into the break up 13-1.