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Cardinal corner: Multiple sports provide multiple victories

 
Stanford's Kimberly Yee clinched Saturday's 4-0 victory over USC at No. 6 singles. Photo by Harjanto Sumali.

The third-ranked Stanford men’s tennis team won twice Sunday, beating Army 7-0 after beating Air Force 4-0 earlier in the day.

Against Army, the Cardinal (14-1) captured the doubles point with a pair of 6-1 wins by Sameer Kumar and Michael Genender at No. 1 and Eric Fomba and Sam Turchetta at No. 3.


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Senior David Wilczynski surrendered just two games en route to a straight-set win at No. 3 to give Stanford its second point of the match.

Senior Tom Fawcett, ranked No. 11, picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win at the top spot. Moments later, freshman Axel Geller, ranked No. 36, clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the No. 2 spot.

Against Air Force, the Cardinal's top doubles team of Fawcett and Geller didn't drop a game in its win at the No. 1 spot and the No. 2 doubles team of Timothy Sah and Wilczynski clinched the doubles point for Stanford in 28 minutes with a 6-1 victory.

Kumar, playing at No. 1 singles, gave Stanford its second point with a 6-3, 6-1 win.

Moments later, Turchetta posted a 6-4, 6-0 win at the No. 6 spot and William Genesen clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at the No. 4 spot.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford senior Elizabeth Price saved the best for last.

Perfect scores were flying at Maples Pavilion on Sunday in No. 27 Stanford's home finale against No. 3 UCLA. Four 10's were earned during an entertaining meet that attracted 2,047 spectators.

Competing in her last event on Senior Day, Price performed a flawless floor routine and tallied her third perfect 10 of the season and the fourth of her illustrious career.

The appreciative crowd, which included family and friends from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, gave her a standing ovation.

"I was really hoping I would," Price said of scoring a 10. "In warmups, my landings were super-good, but I was a little nervous. To finish with a perfect 10 in my last meet in Maples was pretty exciting."

Price was Stanford's last competitor. Understandably, her mind was racing.

"Definitely not focused," she said. "I was thinking about the fact that it was my last routine and was getting a little emotional. I was like, 'No, you can't cry. Think about your routine.' When it came time to compete, I was definitely in the moment."

Although the Cardinal scored a season-best 196.650, it wasn't enough to upset the deep and talented Bruins. They posted 197.800, getting 10's from Peng-Peng Lee on the uneven bars and beam, and another from Kyla Ross on bars.

Lacrosse

Freshman Ali Baiocco scored five goals, one of three players with at least three goals, and No. 18 Stanford never trailed in a 19-8 victory at Oregon on Sunday.

Stanford (4-3, 1-1 Pac-12) jumped to a 14-3 lead at the half and coasted to its first-ever Pac-12 victory in the conference's inaugural season.

Senior Kelsey Murray had four goals and two assists for a team-high six points, and Maggie Nick contributed her second straight hat trick with three goals.

The Cardinal scored the game's first six goals. Nick opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the contest, and Baiocco added her first two of the game. Murray capped the run with her first of the game at the 21:53 mark.

Senior goalkeeper Allie DaCar made six saves and held Oregon (3-2, 1-1) scoreless for the first 11:28. After the Ducks got on the board, freshman Galen Lew and sophomore Daniella McMahon scored 25 seconds apart for an 8-1 lead midway through the half.

Softball

Stanford shut out Wagner, 4-0, and overwhelmed Cal State Bakersfield, 17-1, on Sunday for its third straight doubleheader sweep in the Easton Classic. The Cardinal has won six consecutive games for the first time since 2014.

Stanford (19-8), which has matched its win total from last season, has won 10 of its last 11, and the current winning streak is the program's longest since starting the 2014 season with 13 straight victories.

The Cardinal went 6-0 in its home tournament and outscored its opponents 49-4, which included four shutouts. Stanford's 17 runs in the tournament finale were the most since a 17-2 win over Pac-12 rival Cal on May 4, 2013.

During Sunday's doubleheader sweep, Teaghan Cowles was 4-for-7 with three runs, Hannah Howell went 4-for-6 with three runs and four RBI, Whitney Burks finished 5-for-6 with three runs and two RBI, and Kristina Inouye was 2-for-5 with three runs. In all, Stanford's 1-through-6 hitters combined to go 18-of-32 (.563) with 16 runs and 13 RBI.

On Saturday, Stanford completed a doubleheader sweep of Wagner, 8-0, and CSU Bakersfield, 8-3.

Women's tennis

No. 46 Stanford blanked No. 47 USC 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, completing a sweep of its SoCal rivals to begin Pac-12 play.

Kimberly Yee defeated Alexa Corcoleotes 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 6 position, providing the clinching point for the first time in her career.

Stanford (6-3, 2-0 Pac-12) won back-to-back matches for only the second time this season, following up yesterday's 4-3 win over No. 13 UCLA. These two matches carried added significance, as Stanford entered the weekend winless in its first two attempts against ranked opponents.

The Cardinal is bidding to win three straight conference titles for the first time since 2010-12. Last year, Stanford finished 10-0 in league play and captured the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament title one week after claiming the regular-season crown outright.

Stanford, which is navigating through a nine-match homestand, has now won 41 of its last 44 contests at Taube Family Tennis Stadium dating back to 2015.

After securing the doubles point for a 1-0 lead, Stanford received convincing victories from Janice Shin (6-1, 6-1 at the No. 4 spot) and Michaela Gordon (6-1, 6-2 at the No. 1 position).

Yee followed with her sixth win of the season for the clincher.

Stanford resumes its homestand next weekend, hosting Utah on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Fencing

Stanford fencers collected three firsts, two seconds and four third-place finishes on Saturday at the NCAA West Regional Individual Championships at Caltech.

Competing against Caltech, the Air Force Academy, the University of Incarnate Word and UC San Diego, junior Carly Weber-Levine and freshman Madeline Liao captured sabre and foil titles, respectively. Sophomore Rose Adams placed third in sabre and sophomore Amanda Han took third in epee.

On the men's side, junior Royce Wang claimed the sabre crown, while sophomore Robin Cheong and freshman Lucas Orts earned runner-up showings in epee and foil, respectively. Junior Sean Strong (epee) and sophomore Mitchell So (sabre) finished third.

Stanford concludes the season at the NCAA Championships, March 22-25 at Penn State. Qualifiers will be announced Tuesday.

Men's gymnastics

No. 4 Stanford dropped a 402.150-400.850 decision to visiting No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday in the regular-season finale.

The Cardinal held an early lead but was tripped on rings and unable to overtake the Buckeyes after the second rotation.

The Cardinal honored its senior class of Jacob Barrus, Drew Burton, Robert Neff and Ryan Sheppard in a ceremony prior to the meet. The quartet has helped lead Stanford to a pair of NCAA Championships runner-up finishes.

The Cardinal turned in its best performances on pommel horse (66.200), parallel bars (68.250) and high bar (67.650) while the Buckeyes came out ahead in floor (67.900), rings (66.850) and vault (69.550).

Beach volleyball

Stanford extended its winning streak to eight Saturday, defeating Boise State, 5-0, and Arizona State, 3-2.

"It was exciting to see contributions from the entire team at every flight, said head coach Andrew Fuller. "When you're going through long stretches of competition, fatigue can be a factor, so it was awesome for different teams to step up and notch wins."

The Cardinal turned in a dominant effort against Boise State, winning all five matches in straight sets.

No. 2 pair Morgan Hentz and Amelia Smith continued their own eight-match winning streak with their win over the Broncos. After taking a close first set, 21-18, the duo dominated the second set, winning 21-15.

At No. 5, Kat Anderson and Caitlin Keefe played their first match together since last weekend's Stanford Bay Area Kickoff. They impressed against the Broncos, registering a 21-9, 21-10 victory.

Men's volleyball

Junior Matt Klassen led Stanford with 10 kills, but it was No. 3 UC Irvine with the straight-set victory Saturday in Burnham Pavilion.

Klassen, who made his second start of the season at outside hitter, hit .500 to lead the Cardinal (4-16). As a team, Stanford recorded a .384 attack percentage, while UC Irvine (13-5) was on fire at .531.

Freshman opposite Jaylen Jasper had five kills in the opening set, but left the match late with an injury and did not return. Sophomore Eli Wopat came off the bench in his place and finished with eight kills on 14 swings with just one error to hit .500.

Freshman outside hitter Leo Henken also tallied eight kills for the Cardinal. Middle blockers Kyler Presho and Kevin Rakestraw combined for seven kills and three blocks.

Junior setter Russell Dervay racked up 27 assists to go with three digs and an ace. Senior libero Evan Enriques collected a team-high six digs and three assists.

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