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Sports - March 10, 2017

Stanford slams the Bears in tennis

Four Cardinal divers set to compete sat NCAA meet

by Rick Eymer

Now that the Stanford men's tennis team knows it can beat a top 10 program, can it happen again? The Cardinal gets that chance Friday.

Stanford's Michael Genender turned hero as if he were written by a veteran Hollywood scriptwriter. Instead of riding off into the sunset, though, he went toe-to-toe with Cal's Filip Bergevi at No. 3 singles, eventually overcoming adversity to clinch the Cardinal's 4-3 over the sixth-ranked Bears with a dramatic 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9) victory.

Former Menlo School player J.T. Nishimura helped Cal wrap up the doubles point. He also won at No. 6 singles for the Bears.

Sameer Kumar dominated 30th-ranked Andre Goransso, 6-3, 6-1 to tie it. The Bears came back to take a win at the No. 4 spot, but David Wilczynski immediately tied the score again at No. 5, topping Bjorn Hoffman in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

Tom Fawcett came in next with a huge win against No. 14 Florian Lakat after surging back to win the first set in a tiebreak before ripping to a 6-4 second set win to put the Cardinal on the edge of an upset.

No. 8 Texas strolls into town for a 3 p.m. showdown on Friday.

The Cardinal (7-3) lead the all-time series, 12-3, with the Longhorns though Texas won, 4-3 at home in last year's match.

TCU, also ranked ahead of Stanford, comes to Stanford for a 2 p.m. match on Saturday.

The Cardinal is coming off a successful weekend at the Pacific Coast Doubles tournament. Jack Barber, playing his first match in nearly two years, paired with William Genesen for the first time and the duo proceeded to win six straight matches and advance to the final.

Men's diving

All four of No. 5 Stanford's men's divers qualified for the NCAA championships at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships at the Northern Arizona Aquatic Complex in competition that ended Wednesday.

For the second consecutive season, Stanford sends a full contingent , led by recently named Pac-12 Diver of the Month Bradley Christensen.

The senior finished atop 3-meter qualifying (748.60) on Tuesday after finishing second in 1-meter qualifying (713.90) on Monday.

Ted Miclau (634.05) and Cameron Thatcher (621.50) joined Christensen in securing NCAA A-cuts in the 1-meter, finishing sixth and ninth, respectively. Thatcher needed a big score on the final dive to finish top-nine, executing his final leap to make the A-standard. Tarek Abdelghany (619.35) finished 11th to secure a B-cut in the 1-meter.

Women's water polo

No. 2 Stanford (11-1) opens its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule at No. 7 Arizona State (12-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Cardinal stick around for two more games as part of the ASU Invitational, playing La Verne (6-3) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and No. 23 Marist (6-8) on Sunday at 8 a.m.

Stanford boasts a pair of 100-goal scorers in Maggie Steffens (194) and Jamie Neushul (119). Steffens is currently fifth in Cardinal history, 20 behind Olympian Ellen Estes (214). Dani Jackovich has 96 career goals, four shy of joining Steffens and Neushul in triple digits. Gabby Stone is 26 saves away from becoming the fourth player in Stanford history with 500 stops.

Men's golf

No. 10 Stanford finished tied for fourth among 15 teams Wednesday at the Southern Highlands Collegiate. The Cardinal fell two spots from its standing after 36 holes.

The three-day event at the par-72 Southern Highlands Golf Course yielded scores of 281-294-298 for the Cardinal, nine strokes over par and matching the output of Pepperdine.

Stanford gets back on the course when it plays host to The Goodwin (March 30-April 1).


Elizabeth Cusick's career-tying four goals combined with hat tricks from Kelsey Murray and Dillon Schoen powered the 17th-ranked Cardinal to a 17-13 win over William & Mary Wednesday night to push Stanford's win streak to four.

Stanford returns to action Saturday with a 1 p.m. home match against Connecticut.


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