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Stanford men capture a pair of water polo wins in Davis


Adam Abdulhamid scored nine goals on the day and the second-ranked Stanford men's water polo team came away with two more wins Sunday, beating Santa Clara, 18-5, early and dispatching San Jose State, 20-5, later as part of the Aggie Invitational in Davis.

Abdulhamid scored five times in the victory over the Broncos as Stanford scored seven goals in the first quarter. Reid Chase added four goals.

Abdulhamid added four more in the win over the Spartans. The Cardinal scored four times in each of the first three quarters.

The Cardinal (12-1) opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at USC on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Stanford senior Bret Bonanni scored 11 goals on the weekend and now is with 23 of tying Tony Azevedo's school and MPSF career record of 332 from 2001-04.

Women's volleyball

Stanford suffered its first home loss in nearly two years Sunday, falling to third-ranked USC, 26-24, 19-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13, in a five-set thriller at Maples Pavilion.

The eighth-ranked Cardinal (7-3, 1-1 Pac-12) last lost at Maples Pavilion, also against the Trojans (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12), on Oct. 30, 2013 in a match that also went the distance.

USC, which had dropped just two sets all year before Sunday's match, was led throughout by outside hitters Samantha Bricio and Alyse Ford, who combined for 39 kills. Freshman Victoria Garrick from Sacred Heart Prep added 14 digs for the Trojans.

Neither side was able to gain momentum in the first set, and USC led 15-13 at the media timeout.

Stanford called time trailing 19-17 and 22-19, with a Merete Lutz kill tying the set at 23. But Ford, a freshman with a 31-inch standing vertical jump, answered with a powerful kill to give USC a 26-24 victory.

Bricio and Ford tallied five kills apiece, as did Lutz and senior Jordan Burgess. Ivana Vanjak and Brittany Howard proved tough on the block for the Cardinal, but USC's attack was too much early on, making up for five first-set service errors.

After dropping the opening set for the first time since its loss at North Carolina earlier this month, Stanford opened the second frame in strong fashion, forcing USC into a timeout after a 6-1 run gave the Cardinal a 9-7 advantage.

The lead was pushed to 12-7 before Trojan opposite Brittany Abercrombie stopped the bleeding with a kill, but Stanford was on top for good. Sloppy play by USC allowed the Card to get its five-point lead back at 22-17; a late kill and ace courtesy of senior Madi Bugg was all Stanford needed to close out the set 25-19.

It was only the third set the Trojans, who hit -.034 with 11 attack errors, had dropped all season, and the result could've been far more lopsided if not for five Cardinal service errors.

Stanford rolled its momentum right into the third set, going up 6-2 after kills by Howard and Hayley Hodson.

Bricio would not let USC go down easily, pulling the Trojans even at 7-7 with a kill and consecutive aces.

The Cardinal led, 15-14, at the media timeout and extended the advantage to 20-16 before USC called its own timeout.

The Trojans, however, could not bring the score closer than three points down the stretch as the Cardinal went on to take the set 25-20. Stanford's hit an impressive .379 while also reducing its service errors to two.

Howard began the fourth set with an emphatic kill, but the Cardinal was never able to get going thereafter.

A 5-0 run by USC forced Stanford coach John Dunning to call timeout. The Trojans kept rolling out of the break, reeling off three consecutive kills before the Cardinal called time again.

A kill from Lutz pulled Stanford to within six points at 18-12, but it couldn't get any closer than that, as kills from Ford and Bricio pushed USC to a 25-17 victory and tied the match at two sets each.

The final set did not begin well for the Cardinal, and it looked as though USC might run away with it early after jumping out to a 6-1 lead.

Not to be silenced on its home court though, Stanford stormed back with a 4-0 run of its own, and eventually tied the set at 9-9 on a Trojan blocking error. The Cardinal pulled even again at 12-12 with a Hodson kill, one of four for the freshman in the final frame.

In the end, though, Bricio was too much for Stanford's front line, firing three laser-like kills down the stretch to give USC a narrow 15-13 win.

The victory kept the Trojans undefeated on the season and snapped Stanford's 27-match home winning streak; it was only the second loss at Maples for the Cardinal's senior class.

Stanford will hit the road this week, playing at No. 14 Arizona and No. 7 Arizona State on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

Women's golf

Senior All-Americans Mariah Stackhouse and Lauren Kim fired 3-under-par 69s on Sunday to pace the second-ranked Stanford women's golf team in the first round of the Annika Invitational Presented by 3M at Reunion Resort. The Cardinal posted a team-score of 1-over 289 and is tied for ninth in the elite 12-team tournament co-founded by the ANNIKA Foundation and Golfweek.

USC earned the opening-day lead with a 12-under par score of 276.

Stackhouse played the front nine in 1-over, but rebounded with a sparkling 4-under 32 on the back, carding birdies at the par-4 10th and 11th holes, the par-5 17th and par-4 18th. Kim toured the front nine in 2-under and the back in 1-under, finishing with four birdies and one bogey. They are tied for eighth individually.

Sophomore Shannon Aubert was even par through 15 holes, but double-bogeyed the par-4 16th and shot 74 and is tied for 42nd. Junior Casey Danielson shot 77 and is tied for 51st, while junior Quirine Ejikenboom checked in at 78 and is tied for 53rd.

The 54-hole event continues Monday and Tuesday.

Field hockey

A second-half goal by Lauren Becker and a balanced team effort was enough to lift No. 9 Stanford to a 1-0 victory over host Massaco1 husetts on Sunday at Garber Field.

The Cardinal (7-3) controlled play in all areas of the game, holding advantages over the Minutewomen (5-4) in shots (17-5) and penalty corners (11-5).

Becker broke the deadlock in the 45th minute when she redirected Catherine Dawson's shot into the net. It was Becker's third goal of the season and Dawson's second assist.

Becker and Maddie Secco led Stanford with 3 shots apiece and nine Cardinal registered at least a shot. Dulcie Davies faced limited pressure and did not have to make a save en route to her third shutout of the season.

Stanford returns to action Friday, when it travels to UC Davis at 4 p.m. in an America East matchup.

— Stanford Athletics

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