Cardinal corner: Women's tennis a private party

Emily Arbuthnott meets Melissa Lord in Sunday's semifinals. Photo by Harjanto Sumali.

Stanford guaranteed itself of an ITA Northwest Regional singles champion on Saturday as all four Cardinal tennis players won their quarterfinal match at Taube Family Tennis Center.

Someone wearing Cardinal will be going to the national championships next month. While it be top-seeded Melissa Lord, a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Cal's Olivia Hauger? How about the 69th-ranked sophomore Emily Arbuthnott, who topped San Jose State's Sybille Gauvain, 6-2, 6-3?

Sawyer Rhodes
Perhaps one of the shining freshmen, Michaela Gordon or Janice Shin, will surprise the bracket.

Stanford also has two chances in the doubles competition, with Carolina Lampl and Lord and Arbuthnott and Gordon each reaching the semifinals.

Sunday's semifinal matches feature Lord and Arbuthnott on one court, Gordon and Shin on another, both at 10 a.m.

Men's water polo

Hat tricks from freshmen Ben Hallock and Sawyer Rhodes keyed No. 4 Stanford to its sixth consecutive victory, 9-3 over visiting No. 7 Pepperdine Saturday.

The Cardinal (12-3) erased an early one-goal deficit with a pair of scores from Hallock in the first three minutes of the contest. The second goal came courtesy of a nice feed from senior Jackson Kimbell, who delivered it to Hallock in front of the cage to put the Cardinal up 2-1.

Stanford never looked back from there, as Kimbell and Rhodes gave the Cardinal a three-goal cushion with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

After a flurry of six total goals and a 4-2 Stanford advantage in the first quarter, the Cardinal and Waves (14-10) scored just one goal each over the second and third periods.

Stanford put the game away in the fourth, with Rhodes producing a pair of scores and Hallock and senior Cody Smith adding single goals to give the Cardinal the 9-3 victory.

Senior Drew Holland posted another strong performance in the cage, registering nine saves. Pepperdine goalie Zackery Rhodes finished with 12 stops.

Hallock continued his streak of scoring at least one goal in every game his season. He has produced eight hat tricks over the season's 15 matches.

Stanford travels to Santa Clara to face No. 12 St. Francis Brooklyn at 11:40 a.m. Sunday as part of the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament.

Men's golf

Stanford is seventh through 36 holes of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate contested at the tournament namesake's Lakeside Course.

The Cardinal recorded a 3-under 285 on Friday, the first of the three-day event. Saturday featured a 7-under 281.

Wake Forest leads the field at 23-under. Nine of the 15 teams are ranked in the top 25.

Franklin Huang (-6) is ninth among individuals and paces Cardinal scorers, including a second-round 2-under-par 70. He had five birdies on the front nine, and bogeyed the par-4 10th, the only blemish on his Friday scorecard.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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