Lower-lineup depth and a clincher from Emily Arbuthnott powered No. 1 Stanford to a 4-1 victory over No. 22 Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago.
Arbuthnott's 7-5, 6-3 victory at the No. 2 spot proved to be the difference for Stanford (5-0), which raced to a 3-0 lead before holding off a late charge from Georgia Tech (9-3).
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Sara Choy (6-2, 6-4 at No. 5) and Emma Higuchi (6-3, 6-2 at No. 6) followed with victories in the lower lineup, increasing Stanford's lead to 3-0.
Georgia Tech collected its first point at the top spot of the lineup.
With three matches remaining, two had already reached a third set. However, Arbuthnott avoided extending her match with a straight-set victory on court two.
Stanford faces No. 4 UCLA on Sunday in the semifinals.
Jaiden Delaire scored 19 points, two shy of his career-high, but Stanford was unable to hang onto an 11-point halftime lead and lost at Colorado 82-74 in a Pac-12 Conference contest Saturday.
Tyrell Terry added 18 points for the Cardinal (16-7, 5-5), who have dropped six of its past six games after leading the Pac-12 with a 4-0 conference record.
Spencer Jones scored 14 and Isaac White had 12, all on 3-pointers, for Stanford, which looks to stem the tide with a home game against Arizona State at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Lukas Kisunas, starting his second straight game, led the Cardinal with six rebounds.
Stanford was whistled for 27 fouls and the Buffaloes were 30 of 40 from the foul line.
Colorado has won 10 of its past 11 meetings with the Cardinal.
Stanford split a pair of contests at the GCU Kickoff Classic in Phoenix on Saturday, dropping a 2-0 decision to New Mexico before defeating Weber State, 9-4.
Junior right-hander Maddy Dwyer pitched well in the opener, but surrendered a pair of solo home runs to New Mexico, as the Cardinal suffered its first loss of the season.
Dwyer pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and two walks. Freshman Tatum Boyd finished the game in the circle, striking out one and issuing a walk.
Kaitlyn Lim provided the only extra-base hit of the game for Stanford, lacing a double down the left field line in the first inning. Stanford's best opportunity to score came in the second as the Cardinal loaded the bases with two out before Sanchez induced a foul-out off the bat of Teaghan Cowles.
In the second game, Stanford sent 12 hitters to the plate and exploded for seven runs in the third inning in the victory over Weber State.
Freshmen Sydney Steele and Lim joined Montana Dixon and Taylor Gindlesperger with RBI-singles in the seven-run third.
Steele, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, added her first collegiate home run in the sixth inning. Gindlesperger also recorded a three-hit day, while Cowles and Emily Schultz added two apiece.
Boyd got the start and tossed the first 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. Gabi Peters and Alana Vawter finished the game.
Stanford finishes the tournament on Sunday with a 9 a.m. game against Weber State.
No. 8 Stanford blanked Pacific 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, closing out a six-match homestand.
Stanford (6-1) posted its third shutout of the season, easily capturing the doubles point before posting three straight-set victories in singles.
Leading 1-0, Filip Kolasinski delivered a 6-1, 6-0 win at the No. 5 spot before Alexandre Rotsaert prevailed 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 2 position.
Kento Perera provided the clincher with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph on court six.
Stanford next competes at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 13-17 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Competing at the Southwest Cup hosted by Arizona State, No. 2 Stanford posted a national-best score of 420.400 to top No. 5 Ohio State, No. 11 California and a split squad from Arizona State.
Ohio State finished second with a score of 408.150, followed by California at 396.400, Arizona State Gold at 388.950 and Arizona State Maroon at 363.800.
Freshman Brandon Briones compiled the highest all-around score in the nation with an 85.300. Briones won the still rings event title with a national-best 14.900, went second on vault (career-best 14.800) and third on floor (13.950).
Sophomore Brody Malone finished second in the all-around, posting an 84.200, including a career-best 14.800 to capture the event title on parallel bars.
Malone guided Stanford to a team season high on parallel bars at 72.650, the highest mark in the nation this season. Three other Cardinal set new career-bests in the event, including Briones (14.450), Thomas Lee (14.400) and Ian Gunther (14.300), but it was Blake Sun's 14.700 that finished as the runner-up to Malone.
Malone also turned in the top Stanford score on pommel horse at 13.750, setting the tone for a new team-best score of 68.350. The Cardinal took spots three through seven in the overall finish, with David Jessen, Gunther, Joey Ringer and Briones following behind Malone, in that order.
Stanford also managed to become the first team this year to hit 70+ on still rings, registering a mark of 71.500 behind career-highs from Briones (14.900), Trevor DiGerolamo (14.700) and Gunther (14.500) to capture each of the top three spots.
Finishing on vault, Stanford hit for a 73.600 to surpass the 420-point threshold for the second time this season.
Sophomore Curran Phillips led the way with a career-best 14.850 to capture the even title. Briones followed in second as the Cardinal earned each of the top five spots in the overall standings – with all hitting for 14.600 or better.
Stanford will take a break from team competition as six Stanford gymnasts prepare to compete at the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup from February 20-22 in Las Vegas.
Briones and Gunther qualified via the all-around at the Stanford open and will join current Cardinal Malone and Riley Loos, as well as alums Akash Modi and Grant Breckenridge in the field.
The Cardinal will return to action on February 29 when it hosts the annual International Collegiate Open featuring reigning Olympic Champion Japan, Norway, World All-Stars and California.