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Publication Date: Friday, January 30, 2002

Toppel Toppel (January 30, 2002)paces No. 2 volleyball

Second-ranked Cardinal men win twice, face No. 4 Hawaii this week

by Rick Eymer

Junior Curt Toppel recorded a match-high 18 kills as No. 2 Stanford defeated Cal State Northridge, 30-27, 30-28, 30-22, on Friday night.

Toppel then did himself one better on Sunday afternoon, recording 27 kills as the Cardinal (3-1 in the MPSF, 5-1 overall) beat UC Santa Barbara, 30-26, 34-32, 26-30, 31-29.

There's no rest for Stanford though, as No. 4 Hawaii came to town for a pair of matches, including Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Burnham Pavilion. The teams also played Tuesday night.

Against the Matadors, Toppel added five digs, while Billy Strickland added nine kills. Seth Ring recorded eight digs and freshman setter Kevin Hansen finished with 46 assists.

Against the Gauchos, Strickland had 10 kills and 10 digs, while Paul Bocage added 10 kills and nine blocks. Hansen had 51 assists.

Stanford hit .345 for the match, including a .500 effort in game two.
Women's gymnastics

No. 14 Stanford edged host Arizona State, 195.775-195.450, for its second straight Pac-10 victory on Friday.

The win was the first on the road for the Cardinal this season, while the Sun Devils endured only their fifth regular season home loss since 1992.

Stanford (2-1) outscored Arizona State in just one event- a season-high 49.225-48.100 advantage on the balance beam- but placed in the top-3 individually in each of the other three categories.

Sophomore Kendall Beck tied for first place on the vault with a career-high 9.900.

Junior Abby Gair had a 9.900 to tie for first place in the uneven bars, while sophomore Caroline Fluhrer recorded an all-around score of 39.175. Stanford returns home on Friday for a meet against Arizona at 7:30 p.m.
Track and field

The Stanford men placed sixth at the Nebraska Invitational, while also competing in the opening day of the Terrier Classic at Boston University.

The Cardinal recorded 40.75 points, while host Nebraska paced a field of five other schools. Stanford earned top-five individual finishes in the triple jump, shot put, weight throw, 4x400 meter relay and long jump.

Stanford also turned in impressive performances at the Terrier Classic. Grant Robison finished first, while Donald Sage placed third in the first section of the 3000-meter run. Lauren Fleshman won the women's 3,000 in a season-best 9:13.47, which ranks her No. 3 on the school's all-time list. Teammates Laura Turner (9:27.72), Malindi Elmore (9:29.22) and freshman Sara Bei (9:33.20) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

The men's and women's teams competed at the adidas Boston Indoor Games on Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Center Track & Athletic Center in Boston. More than 20 Olympic and World Championship medalists were competing, marking the first stop on the 2002 Indoor USA Track & Field Golden Spike Tour.

Jonathon Riley was Stanford's top place-winner, taking third in the 3000-meter run with a school record of 7:46.84. That broke his own mark of 7:48.79 set last season.

Stanford grads Jason Lunn and Brent Hauser won the mile (3:58.00) and 5,000 (13:44.00), respectively.

Stanford travels to the Air Force Quadrangular in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

Stanford (7-7, 1-3 Pac-10) went 2-2 in four home meets over the weekend. On Saturday, the Cardinal defeated Menlo College, 21-16, in a non-conference meet, then dropped a 36-7 Pac-10 decision to Oregon State.

Freshman Matt Gentry won all four of his matches and is now 23-8 on the season, including the last seven in a row.

Stanford returns to action on Friday with another doubleheader, featuring Nevada at 5 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m.
Women's tennis

Saturday afternoon's dual-match season opener for No. 1 Stanford against visiting Fresno State was cancelled due to rain shortly after the originally scheduled noon start.

The match will only be rescheduled if the two teams don't meet in the National Team Indoor Championships (Feb. 7-10).

Pacific visits Stanford on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Men's gymnastics

Senior Dave Durante and sophomore Dan Gill earned top-three places in the All-Around en route to a second place team finish at the Cardinal Open on Saturday.

California won with a 211.975, while Stanford finished at 206.950.

Durante, who finished 17th in the All-Around at the NCAA Championships last spring, notched a 9.250 on the pommel horse to tie for first. He also put up a 9.150 on rings to claim second and a 9.100 on vault to share second place. Durante recorded a 51.750 All-Around score, falling just shy of Cal's Cody Moore who took first with a 52.500.

Stanford returns to action on Feb. 8 at the Winter Cup.

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