Maciek Romanowicz took a turn at the No. 1 singles position and showed he belonged, recording a three-set victory Wednesday to help the Stanford men's tennis team beat visiting Hawaii, 7-0, in a nonconference match.
Maciek Romanowicz. Photo by Norbert von der Groeben/Isiphotos.com
Stanford (3-1) returns to action a week from Friday when national powerhouse USC visits for a 1:30 p.m. match.
Against Hawaii, Strobel and Anthony Tsodikov also earned three-set wins in singles play for the Cardinal.
Romanowicz, a sophomore from Warsaw, Poland, has won all four of his dual meet matches this season.
Stanford played without its top singles player John Morrissey for the second straight match.
Stanford has received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive tackle Jesse Burkett from Bartram Trail High in Jacksonville, Fla. Burkett recently dropped his commitment to Vanderbilt when he received an offer to join the Cardinal this fall.
According to Scout.com, Burkett "has the size at 6-foot-4 and athleticism to play anywhere across the offensive line. He is explosive off the ball and comes off low. He moves well and has shown himself to be very effective at getting down field to block defensive backs."
Stanford sophomore Kayla Bonstrom was one of 50 players in the nation named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award watch list, as announced Wednesday by the Amateur Softball Association of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States.
Bonstrom was one of six sophomores included on the list that consists of players from 36 NCAA Division I schools and 12 athletic conferences. She is one of 12 Pac-12 players included on the list.
Bonstrom had an outstanding freshman campaign, leading the Cardinal in batting average (.404) and hits (69).
She was an all-region selection and named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Stanford's third recipient of the award. Bonstrom also earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors.
The top 25 finalists will be announced April 9, with the list being narrowed down to the top 10 on May 7.
The top three will be announced May 21. The winner of the award will be announced May 27 prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series.
The No. 4-ranked Cardinal continues its stretch of five straight Pac-12 dual meets with a trip to Los Angeles this weekend.
Stanford visits No. 16 UCLA on Friday, live on Pac-12 Networks, before taking on No. 5 USC on Saturday. Both meets start at noon.
The Cardinal is 7-0 in dual meets (4-0 in the Pac-12) after sweeping No. 10 Arizona and Arizona State last weekend.
Stanford built comfortable leads in both meets and was able to exhibition the final two events in each. Felicia Lee won a total of four individual races during the weekend and Stephanie Phipps won three of the four diving competitions.
Stanford swimmers have a pair of times that rank first in the nation. Maddy Schaefer's 21.78 in the 50 free is tied with Arizona's Margo Geer while Maya DiRado's blazing 1:53.50 in the 200 IM is 0.58 faster than the No. 2 time in the country and better than her third-place NCAA performance from a year ago. DiRado is also second nationally in the 400 IM with a time of 4:00.55.
Stanford also has the nation's best time in all three freestyle relays and the second-best effort in the 200-yard medley relay.
On Saturday at USC, Stanford will meet up with former Palo Alto High standout Jasmine Tosky. She's currently ranked 15th nationally in the 200 IM (1:57.21). The Trojans are 4-0 in dual meets.