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Late rallies for volleyball, softball leads to victory

A 7-1 scoring run late in the third set propelled the No. 6 Stanford men's volleyball team to a 25-19, 25-17, 26-24 win over No. 10 Hawai'i, Friday, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.

The Cardinal moves to 13-7 overall and 10-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Rainbow Warriors fall to 11-9 overall and 9-8 in the conference.

"I don't think we had the best offensive night," said sophomore setter James Shaw. "They were serving tough and we weren't passing well, but when you are blocking like we did tonight and serving in streaks you can come out with a win.

"I think the crowd carried us in the end. We had a home court advantage and Hawai'i maybe got inside their own heads. We made the tough plays in the crunch-time situations and it ended up working for us."

Shaw finished with 30 assists, six blocks, five kills and three service aces. As a team, Stanford totaled 11.5 blocks and hit .279, while holding Hawai'i to a .118 clip.

Senior outside hitter Brian Cook led the team with 13 kills on a .345 attack percentage, while senior opposite Eric Mochalski posted a double-double with 10 kills and a match-high 10 digs. Sophomore middle Conrad Kaminski tallied four kills on five errorless swings and totaled six blocks.

Hawai'i was led by junior outside hitter Brook Sedore's 14 kills. No other Rainbow Warrior tallied more than five kills.

"It's tough playing a team on back-to-back nights," added Shaw. "It's weird on your mind because you know you have to be better than the night before and you know you have to expect a different team. But, at the same time, it is the same team so you have to reset and try and do some different things."

Stanford and Hawai'i will meet again on Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. Coach Kosty will host a pre-match chalk talk at 5:30 p.m. in Kissick Auditorium in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center. Admission is free to the public for both.

Softball

Kayla Bonstrom singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as No. 21 Stanford rallied for an improbable come-from-behind 14-13 victory over visiting California in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams Friday.

The Cardinal (1-0, 23-6) hosts Cal in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon to conclude the three-game set.

Stanford entered its final at bat facing a five-run deficit and quickly recorded two outs among the first three batters, including Bonstrom, who flew to start the frame.

Cal pitchers walked five batters, forcing home two runs. A Bears' error and two-run single from Leah White tied the score at 13. Bonstrom followed with her game-winning hit.

The teams combined for 27 runs on 33 hits, with 27 runners left on base. Tylyn Wells recorded the final out of the top of the seventh and earned the victory, her first decision as a college pitcher.

Kylie Sorenson pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief of start Madi Schreyer, who failed to get out of the second inning.

White recorded four hits, including a double and triple, and drove in five runs for the Cardinal. Cassandra Roulund had three hits and Erin Ashby, Bonstrom and Hanna Winters each had two hits.

Track and field

Stanford captured the men's distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday night and the Cardinal women were second.

They capped a strong day for Stanford runners. Earlier, Aisling Cuffe and Kathy Kroeger placed second and third in the women's 5,000 meters, and Joe Rosa was fifth in the men's 5,000.

Stanford, with a team of Marco Bertolotti, Steven Solomon, Luke Lefebure, and Michael Atchoo, won the NCAA men's DMR for the fourth time in its history and first since 2007. The distance medley relay consists of legs of 1,200, 400, 800, and 1,600, in that order.

After the first day of the two-day meet, the Stanford women lead with 22 points and the men are third with 14. The Cardinal doesn't figure to maintain those spots on Saturday, with competitors only in the men's and women's 3,000.

Bertolotti (1,200; 2:58.60) moved into first on the backstretch of the final lap on the 200-meter track at the Albuquerque Convention Center to put Stanford in front and the Cardinal maintained the lead the rest of the race. Solomon extended the lead with a 45.75 400-meter leg, Lefebure ran 1:49.30 for 800, and Atchoo, running by himself, anchored the team to victory with a 1,600 leg of 4:03.98. Stanford's total time was 9:37.63.

In the women's DMR, Amy Weissenbach (1,200; 3:25.66) put Stanford in front and Kristyn Williams (400; 53.56) extended it. Claudia Saunders (2:06.18) held the lead on her 800 leg, but Arkansas closed to within a step on the final handoff and kicked past Justine Fedronic on the final lap of the 1,600 anchor leg.

Fedronic (4:42.87) ran nearly the final leg with Arkansas' Dominique Scott at her shoulder. Scott bolted in front on the backstretch to win. Arkansas clocked 11:05.83 to Stanford's 11:08.28. It was Stanford's highest women's DMR finish since 2007.

In the women's 5,000, the Stanford duo moved up throughout the race and tested Dartmouth winner Abbey D'Agostino (16:20.39) on the final lap. Cuffe finished in 16:22.48 and Kroeger ran 16:23.34. Cuffe's runner-up finish equaled Stanford's highest in this meet.

In the men's 5,000, Rosa made a run at Arizona's Lawi Lalang and Oregon's Edward Cheserek with three laps to go. But as Rosa closed, the leaders kicked. However, Rosa finished a strong fifth in 13:55.84. Teammate Erik Olson was 12th in 14:34.40.

Stanford concludes the meet Saturday with the women's 3,000, with Cuffe and Kroeger, and the men's 3,000, with Olson.

Women's tennis

No. 4 Stanford blanked No. 42 Washington 7-0 on Friday afternoon in its Pac-12 opener at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinal (9-0, 1-0 Pac-12) registered its fifth shutout of the season in its first home match since a 7-0 win over Florida back on Feb. 23.

After sweeping all three matches to claim the doubles point, Stanford rattled off six straight-set victories in singles. The Cardinal surrendered three games or less in all 12 sets.

Kristie Ahn and Taylor Davidson both produced 6-0, 6-0 victories while Caroline Doyle's 6-0, 6-2 triumph at the No. 6 position clinched the match.

Stanford is idle until a road match at Utah on March 23.

Men's diving

One day after Kristian Ipsen won his third straight title in the 3-meter at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, the Stanford junior duplicated the feat in the 1-meter.

Ipsen's 855.10 copped him the crown Friday for the third time in as many seasons, as he was one of four Cardinal to finish in the top 10 of the event at Air Force's Cadet Natatorium.

Arizona's Rafael Quintero (776.35) finished between Ipsen and third-place Bradley Christensen (755.30). Connor Kuremsky (743.90) took fifth and Noah Garcia rounded out the top 10 with a 662.10.

The platform portion wraps up the three-day meet on Saturday. Ipsen is the defending champion in the event.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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