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Cardinal women complete swim sweep of L.A. schools

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team completed a weekend sweep of Los Angeles with a 170-130 victory over No. 5 USC Saturday.

With four total wins from Felicia Lee, two individual, the Cardinal won its fourth conference meet of the last two weeks and remained undefeated at 8-0 overall in duals.

"Having four meets in nine days certainly presents some challenges," said head coach Greg Meehan. "But I'm pleased with the intensity of which we raced at all 4 meets and no matter what the score was."

Maya DiRado and Katie Olson also each won two individual events.

Lee won the 100 back and 100 fly, outpacing USC's Kendyl Stewart, another one of the country's top swimmers, in each of her individual wins.

She clocked in at 52.65 in the 100 back and 52.95 in the 100 fly and also starred on Stanford's 200 medley and 400 free relay squads.

DiRado was first in the 200 fly with a 1:57.98 and was ahead of the field in the 200 backstroke with a 1:56.98 later in the meet.

Palo Alto High grad Jasmine Tosky finished second to DiRado, swimming a 1:58.61.

Tosky also finished fourth in the 100 fly and sixth in the 100 free. She also swam the second leg of USC's 400 free relay.

Katie Olsen swept the 100 and 200 breaststrokes for the fourth straight meet with times of 1:00.70 and 2:11.61 and helped the medley relay start the meet with a win for Stanford, as well.

Maddy Schaefer continued her dominance in the 50 freestyle by winning the seventh event of the meet to push Stanford's winning streak to four straight swims and six of the first seven. She swam a 22.63, 0.22 quicker than her time yesterday at UCLA. USC's Kasey Carlson would slip past Schaefer in the 100 free, but Lia Neal was third to have Stanford go 2-3.

Off of the diving boards, Stephanie Phipps (282.05) was the one-meter winner for the second straight day with Sloane Brazina in thrid (262.20). Lilly Hinrichs was the Cardinal's best in the three-meter competition, finishing fourth (276.85).

Stanford's best 400 free relay team, Schaefer, Lee, DiRado and Neal, capped the day with a final Cardinal win. The squad, which has the fastest time in the country to date, edged USC 3:18.04-3:19.38.

The Cardinal improved to 34-2 all-time against USC, a day after the Trojans took down No. 1 Cal.

Stanford finishes its dual meet schedule Feb. 15 against Cal. The 10 a.m. meet at Avery Aquatic Center will be aired live on Pac-12 Networks.

Men's volleyball

Senior Eric Mochalski led No. 7 Stanford past visiting Cal State Northridge, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19, Saturday.

The Cardinal moves to 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Matadors fall to 3-4 on the year and 3-3 in the conference.

"I think everyone played really well tonight," said Mochalski. "We passed great. Grant [Delgado was huge for us tonight, directing the back row. [Steven Irvin and [Brian Cook are both great passers and carry the load offensively for us. When we are in system, James [Shaw puts up a great ball for us."

Mochalski, making his first start of the season at opposite, led the Cardinal with 11 kills on 16 swings with no errors to hit .688. He also put down three of Stanford's eight service aces on the night.

"I was lucky tonight that they weren't paying too much attention to me and I was getting a lot of one-on-one match-ups," Mochalski said. "Any opposite in the league can put away balls in one-on-one situations. It was really a team effort for us tonight."

Senior Steven Irvin added 10 kills and 11 digs for the Cardinal, while senior Brian Cook finished with nine kills on a .308 attack percentage. Setter James Shaw tallied 31 assists in the win while directing the offense, which hit .344. Shaw added six kills, five digs, two blocks and two aces in the win.

Stanford, which was coming off a loss on Friday to No. 6 Long Beach State, held the Matadors to a .209 attack percentage.

"We were definitely disappointed after last night's loss [to Long Beach State," said Mochalski. "We did a good job as a team of refocusing and getting our minds right for tonight's match."

Stanford plays host to UC San Diego on Friday at 7 p.m. PT and then hosts UC Irvine on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., in a match to be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.

Women's water polo

Second-ranked Stanford opened its season by scoring a combined 32 goals in wins over No. 17 UC Davis and No. 6 Hawai'i on the first day of the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.

The Cardinal (2-0) opened the tournament with a 16-3 win over UC Davis before returning in the afternoon to cruise past Hawai'i, 16-5, at Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford will finish Bracket A play Sunday at 8 a.m. against No. 5 UC Irvine, with the winner advancing to the tournament title game in the afternoon.

Junior Kiley Neushul led the Cardinal with eight goals over the two games, including five in the opener, with Anna Yelizarova netting five and Ashley Grossman four to pace the scoring side of things. Stanford's defense was on point for much of the day, especially early on, as the Aggies and Rainbow Wahine combined for just three first-half goals.

All three Cardinal goalies were in action Saturday, with sophomore Gabby Stone starting both contests and playing five periods total, making eight saves. Junior Emily Dorst, a Menlo-Atherton grad, played two full periods and most of a third, making seven saves while freshman Julia Hermann made her debut with a pair of stops over the final minutes of the morning win against UC Davis.

UCLA senior Becca Dorst, Emily's older sister and an M-A grad, scored four times in a 12-3 win over Michigan.

Women's tennis

Top-ranked Stanford beat host Rice, 5-2, Saturday in a nonconference match.

The Cardinal (4-0), which defeated No. 17 Texas 6-1 Friday, captured the doubles point and then used its singles depth to secure the win.

Stanford posted wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots in doubles to take a 1-0 lead.

Freshmen Caroline Doyle and Taylor Davidson locked up straight-set victories on courts four and six, respectively, extending Stanford's lead to 3-0.

Dominique Harmath defeated Krista Hardebeck 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5) at the No. 2 position, accounting for Rice's first point.

Carol Zhao's 7-6, 6-1 win at the No. 3 spot clinched the match.

Rice (2-2) received its only other point from Katherine Isip, who outlasted Ellen Tsay in a three-setter at No. 5.

Kristie Ahn remained undefeated with a 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 (3) triumph at the top spot.

Stanford returns home to face Saint Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Football

Stanford received a verbal commitment Saturday from offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons (6-6, 268), a senior at St. Petersburg Catholic School in Florida.

Gibbons becomes the fourth lineman to commit and the third in the past nine days.

— Stanford Athletics

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