Freshman Haley Hodson recorded 16 kills and the seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team rallied from a first set loss to beat visiting Colorado, 18-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-18, in a Pac-12 Conference match Thursday.
Merete Lutz added 13 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .632 for the Cardinal (19-6, 13-4 Pac-12), which has won eight of nine since losing at Colorado a month ago.
Madi Bugg had 41 assists and three service aces for Stanford, which hosts Utah on Friday night at 6 p.m.
The first set was tied at 17 when the Buffaloes went on a five-point run to take control of the match. The Cardinal committed three attack errors over Colorado's final eight points.
Stanford never trailed in the second set, with five different players recording at least one kill as the Cardinal opened a 10-4 advantage. Lutz, Hodson and Ivana Vanjak each had a pair of kills during the run, while Jordan Burgess and Brittany Howard also delivered kills.
Howard followed with a service ace to extend Stanford's advantage. The Cardinal recorded the final four points of the set, featuring a service ace from Kelsey Humphreys.
Stanford lost the first point of the third set and then never looked back after opening an 11-5 lead on one of Bugg's aces.
The Cardinal scored the first five points of the fourth set and Colorado never got closer than three points the rest of the way.
Stanford opened a half-game lead over UCLA for third place in the Pac-12 pending action the rest of the weekend. The Bruins play at Arizona State on Friday and at Arizona on Sunday.
Marcus Allen played as though he never missed a minute. The junior guard scored a game-high 18 points in his season debut, although Stanford lost to visiting Southern Methodist, 85-70, in a nonconference game Thursday.
"I've been itching to get back on the court," he said. "It feels good to be on the court with my teammates."
Allen had a stress reaction that took a month to heal. He returned to practice about 10 days ago.
"I'm happy to have him back," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "He played well. He's our best perimeter player. After the layoff he was still productive for us."
Rosco Allen added 14 points, Reid Travis had 12 and Michael Humphrey 10.
The Cardinal (2-1) travels to St. Mary's for an 8 p.m. contest on Sunday.
Stanford won all five events on Day 1 of the A3 Performance Invitational in Monterey Park on Thursday, capping the session with a meet record-setting swim in the 400 medley relay.
"Among a lot of very good races, two freshman really stood out and made exciting breakthroughs," said Director of Swimming Ted Knapp. "Abrahm DeVine had a lifetime best in the 200 IM and Ryan Dudzinski led off the 400-yard medley relay with a lifetime best and a meet record split."
The 200-yard freestyle relay set the pace for the meet. The team of Sam Perry, Connor Black, Spencer DeShon and Cole Cogswell (1:19.90) set the tone for the evening with a win.
Liam Egan (4:19.22) then won the 500-yard freestyle, shaving two seconds off of his preliminary time. Danny Thomson (4:21.40) finished second, with Jimmy Yoder (4:24.81) and Justin Buck (4:28.68) taking fourth and eighth place, respectively.
The Cardinal dominated the 200-yard individual medley final, occupying five of the top six spots. Gray Umbach (1:45.80) won the heat with DeVine's (1:45.81) personal best good enough for second place.
Max Williamson (1:46.26) and Curtis Ogren (1:47.10) were next in third and fourth place, with Jack Walsh (1:48.98) in sixth. All five Cardinal improved on their preliminary times in the 200 individual medley.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Stanford also held five of the top six spots. Perry (20.00) led the way, followed by Black (20.07) and DeShon (20.29) in second and third, respectively.
Jeff Garnier (20.66) was fifth, Sean Duggan (20.72) was sixth and Cogswell (20.81) took eighth-place in the 50 free.
Dudzinski (46.57) got things going in the 400-yard medley relay with his personal and meet record split in the 100 back. Matt Anderson, Umbach and Perry finished it off in style, ensuring Stanford (3:11.13) left the pool with a meet record on day one.
Stanford wrapped up the first day of competition at the Art Adamson Invitational on Thursday afternoon in College Station, Texas.
The Cardinal stands in second place with 281 points, trailing host Texas A&M (359). Rounding out the top five are LSU (186), Boise State (106) and San Diego State (78).
Ella Eastin claimed the 200 yard IM crown with a time of 1:54.53. Stanford also posted relay victories in the 200 yard free (Janet Hu, Lia Neal, Julia Ama and Lindsey Engel with a time of 1:28.06) and 400 yard medley (Ally Howe, Sarah Haase, Janet Hu, Lia Neal with a time of 3:30.53).
Competition continues Friday.
The annual event is held in honor of Adamson, was one of the longest tenured coaches in Texas A&M athletics history, coaching the Aggies more than 35 years from 1934 to 1970.
During his time at Texas A&M, Adamson coached All-Americans and Olympians, while leading the Aggies to multiple conference team championships. He was inducted in the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame in 1970, as well as the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame and the Texas Swimming Hall of Fame.