The seventh-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team swept two-time defending national champion UC Irvine, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19, Saturday in a rare afternoon affair at Maples Pavilion in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.
Eric Mochalski recorded 12 kills and a .526 hitting percentage to go with a team-best seven digs. Senior outside hitter Brian Cook finished with nine kills and four digs.
"We did our best to get into our usual routine today," Mochalski said. "It was different playing this early, but the coaches did a good job of getting our minds right. Throughout the match we were really focused and determined to complete the task at hand."
Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin led the team with 14 kills on 23 swings with just two errors to hit .522. He was a perfect 7-for-7 in the opening set.
"It was huge for us to win both of these matches this week," Mochalski said. "We had a bit of a rough start to the conference. We've started to figure some things out. I think we are playing really well. That is a very good Irvine team that we just beat. We are going to go into next week with a lot of confidence."
Stanford plays at Pacific on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an MPSF match.
It was a day of dominating performances by No. 22 Stanford, which scored 21 runs and held Indiana and Western Michigan scoreless.
The Cardinal (5-0) has outscored opponents 47-5 during its opening weekend at the Kajikawa Classic.
Stanford began the day with a convincing 9-0 win over Indiana. Jessica Plaza led Stanford offensively, going 3-3 with two home runs and a single.
Carley Hoover (2-0) was dominant in the circle, striking out seven of 14 batters faced and allowing one hit and two walks over four innings.
Hanna Winter, Kayla Bonstrom and Bessie Noll had a strong game at the plate, each going 2-3 and accounting for four runs.
In its second game, Madi Schreyer (3-0) and Nyree White combined for a five-inning no-hitter, earning a 15-0 victory over Western Michigan.
Schreyer retired all nine batters faced in three innings and notched three strikeouts. White tallied one strikeout and allowed one walk in two innings of work.
Erin Ashby had a big game, going 3-3 with three singles, an RBI and two runs. Kylie Sorenson, Noll, Cassandra Roulund and Tylyn Wells each had two hits.
After being held scoreless in the first inning, the Cardinal scored three runs in the second, highlighted by a big two-run home run by Roulund.
Stanford concludes its weekend of competition Sunday at 11:30 a.m. against Seattle.
No. 8 Stanford improved to 7-0 on the season Saturday with a 170-128 dual meet win over No. 4 USC at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
"We competed very well today against most of USC's strengths," Stanford coach Ted Knapp said. "Our freshmen are really starting to contribute, and Daniel Le was a standout in that sense."
Le aided the 400 medley relay squad to a win in 3:13.49 before winning the 100 (54.97) and 200 breast (1:59.62).
Kristian Ipsen blew the field away with a 405.60 off the 1-meter board with Bradley Christensen (375.80) taking second.
Ipsen carded another win in the 3-meter (413.40) ahead of Christensen's second-place 374.85.
"The men are a very talented team, but only time will tell whether or not we will be ready to have a great NCAA championship showing," Cardinal diving coach Rick Schavone said.
Danny Thomson (15:01.41), Justin Buck (15:23.96) and Bryan Offutt (15:33.05) went 1-2-3 in the 1,650 free, the first individual race on the day.
Third-place Tom Kremer (1:37.00) was the highest Cardinal finisher in the 200 free and bounced back for the win in the 100 (44.46). In the 50-yard version, Connor Black and Sean Duggan tied for third in 20.61.
David Nolan (48.84) got the win in the 100 back and touched second in the 200 back (1:47.71) behind USC's Cary Wright (1:47.16).
Jimmy Yoder's 4:28.56 was third-best in the 500 free.
Gray Umbach (1:47.72) took second in the 200 fly and was third in the 100 (48.63). Black was second in the 100 edition with a 48.37.
Max Williamson (3:53.56) finished only head of second-place Offutt (3:57.18) in the 400 IM.
Nolan, Thomas Stephens, Black and Kremer teamed to cap off the day with a first-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:20.58).
The Cardinal's final competition before the Pac-12 Championships will be Feb. 22 when it plays host to Cal. The 11 a.m. (PT) meet will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
Patrick Rodgers (66), Cameron Wilson (70) and David Boote (71) each finished under par Saturday to help Stanford finish tied for seventh at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii.
The Cardinal began the tournament in 12th after one round, but rallied back for a top-10 finish to open the spring portion of the schedule. At 27-under (281-276-280, 837), Stanford tied with Georgia Tech, Texas and UCLA.
Oklahoma State won the event at 45-under, propelled by a 16-under by medalist Jordan Niebrugge, Rodgers teammate on last summer's Palmer Cup.
"We hung in there today and moved a few spots on the leaderboard,"Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "The competition was stiff, and there's still plenty of work to do as we move towards the spring."
The Cardinal gets back to action at The Prestige (Feb. 17-19) at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Wilson (67-65-70, 202) was the clubhouse leader heading into the final round after coming through with a 65 on Friday, but settled for a 2-under 70 for a third-place finish.
Wilson was 2-under on the back nine and used an eagle on the par-5 second to steam to his showing. In three rounds, Wilson played the hole at 4-under.
Rodgers (69-70-66, 205), who finished tied for seventh, was 3-under through his first 12 holes before pouring on a pair of birdies and one eagle prior to a bogey on his penultimate hole.
"It was neat to see Patrick Rodgers put together a solid round and for Cameron Wilson to be in contention again," Ray said. "The guys fought hard this week and are motivated to play well at The Prestige."
Rodgers and Wilson combined for 33 birdies and three eagles, accounting for such on one third of holes they played.
Saturday's noon match between No. 1 Stanford and No. 37 Saint Mary's has been postponed due to rain.
The schools will try to reschedule the match, possibly later this month.
Stanford (4-0) is coming off a sweep in its first road trip of the year last weekend. After defeating No. 17 Texas 6-1, the Cardinal followed up with a 5-2 victory at No. 22 Rice.
The Cardinal is back in action on Friday against Santa Clara at 3 p.m.
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