Stanford celebrates an All-American day at NCAA indoor championships


Erik Olson placed seventh in the men's 3,000 meters to enable Stanford to reach a notable achievement: All 12 of its athletes earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which concluded Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

After combining for only seven points in last year's meet, Stanford's men and women combined for 40 this time. The Cardinal women tied for seventh place with 24 points and the men were 12th with 16. The finishes exceeded their rankings coming into the meet of 14th and 16th, respectively.

The placing and points were the highest for the women since 2008 (5th, 32), and the combined points were the most since Stanford scored 55, also in 2008.

Stanford was involved in only two events on Day Two of the meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Olson, a Bay Area native out of Novato High, earned his first collegiate first-team All-America honor, which is awarded to the top eight in each event. Olson, a senior, used a strong finish to reach the podium, clocking 8:14.77.

In the women's 3,000, Aisling Cuffe placed seventh in 9:17.87 and Kathy Kroeger was 12th in 9:27.53.

It was the second first-team honor of the meet for Cuffe, who was second in the 5,000 on Friday. Kroeger was third in Friday's 5K, received a second-team honor for the 3,000, which was the final race in the collegiate career of the fifth-year senior.

Kroeger, the 2012 Pac-12 cross country champion, totaled 11 All-America honors, including cross country, and indoor and outdoor track. Only three others in the history of Stanford women's track and field and cross country have more: Lauren Fleshman (1999-2003) with 15, Erica McLain (2005-08) with 14, and Arianna Lambie (2003-08) with 13.

On Friday, Stanford won the men's distance medley relay, was second in the women's DMR, and got a fifth-place in the men's 5,000 from Joe Rosa, in addition to Cuffe and Kroeger in the women's 5K.

Men's volleyball

After taking a 2-0 lead over No. 10 Hawaii, the sixth-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team had to rally to defeat the Rainbow Warriors (25-23, 25-13, 17-25, 21-25, 15-7), Saturday at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.

The Cardinal (14-7, 11-7 MPSF), which won its first five-set match of the season, is on a five-match winning streak. The Rainbow Warriors fall to 11-10 overall and 9-9 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

"Hawaii is probably one of the best serving teams in our conference, they bring a lot of service pressure," Stanford senior outside hitter Brian Cook said. "We were able to serve and pass and hang with them, and that is really what won this game. We didn't pass perfectly, which the numbers in the middle sets probably reflect, but we passed well enough to get the job done."

With Hawaii having the momentum after winning the third and fourth sets, Stanford had to regroup going into the fifth. It marked the sixth fifth set match of the season for the Cardinal, which had previously been 0-5.

"It is time to win a fifth set," Cook said. "That was the message we had for each other."

Cook led the Cardinal with 21 kills and 10 digs, while hitting .444. Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin added 19 kills on a .441 attack percentage to go with seven digs and four blocks.

Senior opposite Eric Mochalski finished with 12 kills and five digs.

Sophomore setter James Shaw directed the Stanford offense with 46 assists, while posting nine digs and three kills.

Redshirt junior libero Grant Delgado tallied nine digs, while junior Spencer Haly had a team-best five blocks.

As a team, Stanford outhit Hawaii .325 to .281 and held a 4-3 edge in the aces column.

Stanford takes a 12-day break for finals before hosting USC on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.

Men's diving

Kristian Ipsen and Bradley Christensen cemented spots in the upcoming NCAA Championships after turning in stellar performances at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, which wrapped up Saturday.

Connor Kuremsky was tabbed as an alternate for the upcoming championships to be held March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.

"This was a fair meet for us, and our divers did very, very well," Stanford coach Rick Schavone said. "We weren't too pleased with the overall outcome, and should have had at least one or maybe even two more divers going to NCAAs."

The three-day event at Cadet Natatorium concluded with the platform event that saw two Cardinal divers finish in the top 10.

Ipsen (374.37) was third in the prelims, one spot ahead of Noah Garcia (366.69).

Ipsen bumped up one spot in the finals with a 785.32, with Garcia holding his place at 714.84.

Christensen was 12th at 288.39 and Larry Reinhard, Jr. took 19th with a 257.16.

Amund Gismervik of Hawaii won with 817.39 points.


No. 21 Stanford dropped a pair of games Saturday, falling to California, 2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader and 11-5 in the second matchup.

The series between the Cardinal (23-8, 1-2 Pac-12) and Golden Bears (12-11, 2-1 Pac-12) featured a little bit of everything with plenty of offense, defensive highlights and large momentum swings. The teams combined for 64 hits, 46 runs and 82 total bases over three games.

Hanna Winter led Stanford offensively, going 7-for-10 (.700) with two RBI, two walks and a triple. Leah White also had a strong weekend at the plate, batting 6-for-10 (.600) with eight RBI, three runs, two walks, a double and a triple.

Madi Schreyer (16-5) continued to carry a majority of the load in the circle, posting a 4.61 ERA with six strikeouts and seven walks in 13.2 innings pitched.

With limited options at pitcher, Stanford's starting shortstop Kylie Sorenson and designated player Tylyn Wells each saw innings in the circle this weekend as well.

After a wild Friday night game that finished 14-13 in Stanford's favor, the first matchup Saturday was a low-scoring affair highlighted by pitching.

Schreyer and California's Stephanie Trzcinski each pitched complete games and were strong in the circle.

Schreyer allowed one earned run on four hits, three walks and struck out three, while Trzcinski permitted one earned run on seven hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

— Stanford Athletics


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