Down a pair of sets following a marathon second set, the eighth-ranked Stanford men’s volleyball team rallied back to defeat visiting No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 23-25, 41-43, 26-24, 25-15, 15-10, Saturday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.
It was the second straight five-set match win for the Cardinal, which improved to 8-4 overall and 5-2 in the MPSF. Stanford out-hit UC Santa Barbara (6-7, 3-7 MPSF) .253 to .217 with a season-high 84 kills on 194 swings.
The Cardinal is tied with Hawai’i for third in the conference, just a half a match behind second-place BYU.
Stanford travels to USC for a 6 p.m. match to be televised live at 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.
Sophomore Jordan Ewert recorded a career-high 26 kills to go with nine digs and three blocks. Redshirt junior middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw also recorded a career-high with 19 kills on .586 hitting and five blocks.
Stanford found itself down two sets after failing to convert on 12 set points in the second. With 25 tie scores and 11 lead changes, it was the longest set played by Stanford since a 41-39 loss to Pepperdine on March 29, 2003.
Redshirt senior outside hitter Gabriel Vega and freshman opposite Mason Tufuga also registered double-digit kills for the Cardinal. Vega finished with a season-high 16 on .303 hitting, six digs, four blocks and Stanford’s only service ace. Tufuga added 13 kills, six digs, and three blocks.
Junior Kyle Dagostino started the match at setter for Stanford, totaling 13 kills and seven digs in four sets played. Freshman Paul Bischoff took over and posted his second career double-double with career-highs in assists (55) and digs (13).
Stanford picked up its defensive intensity as the match went on. The Cardinal racked up a season-high 60 digs as a team, led by junior libero Evan Enriques, who finished with a season-best 15 digs and matched his career-high with five assists.
Stanford tallied 14 blocks, with freshman Stephen Moye pacing the squad with a season-high eight.
The Cardinal limited the Gauchos to just three kills in the final frame, forcing UCSB to hit -.200ea-high eight. The Cardinal limited the Gauchos to just three kills in the final frame, forcing UCSB to hit -.200
Nine Stanford players combined for 21 hits to earn a wild 16-9 victory against Purdue on Saturday afternoon at the Tempe Sports Complex.
It’s the most runs the Cardinal (4-0) scored in a single game since May 4, 2013, in a 17-2 victory at California. It is the most hits in a single game in over 10 years.
Stanford was paced offensively by Teaghan Cowles (4-for-5) and Lauren Bertoy (5-for-5). Cowles registered a team-high four RBIs and scored twice. Bertoy recorded a career-high five hits, including a double, and scored two runs.
Bertoy’s five hits tie her for most hits in a single game by a Stanford player in program history.
Whitney Burks and Lauren Wegner hit back-to-back two-run home runs in the top of the sixth inning. It is the second home run of the weekend for Burks and the first for Wegner.
Kylie Sorenson, Montana Dixon, and Alyssa Horeczko each recorded multi-hit games.
Nikki Bauer started her second straight game and pitched well, going 5 1/3 innings and limiting Purdue to two earned runs on 12 hits and two walks.
Kiana Pancino entered during the sixth inning and contributed 1 2/3 scoreless innings. She gave up two hits while picking up two strikeouts.
The pitching duo had to do a bit of extra work because of a subpar defensive performance by the defense which made five errors. Bauer and Pancino were unfazed by the extra work and did well to keep the Cardinal in the game.
Saturday to secure the first round lead in the 22nd Peg Barnard Invitational at rain-soaked Stanford Golf Course.
Lee earned medalist honors twice for the Cardinal, and showed no sign of slowing down in the spring opener for top-ranked Stanford. She carded five birdies and only one bogey on a sunny but cool day.
Lee’s fast start lifted the Cardinal to a score of 2-over 286 in the 12-team event, six strokes ahead of second place Oregon at 8-over. Colorado is third at 9-over 293.
“I’m really happy to be back in competition,” said Lee. “We haven’t played in a tournament for three months. I was kind of wondering how I would do today, but I played really well, so I’m excited about that.”
Lee didn’t miss a green in regulation until the par-4 18th hole.
That proved no problem. After hooking her drive into the left trees, she punched out, wedged her third shot from 60 yards six feet past the pin and holed the putt.
“I putted really well and made a lot of 15 to 20-foot putts,” she said. “I worked on a lot of things over the winter, especially my putting. It’s really improved a lot.”
Lee holds a three-shot cushion over Robyn Choi of Colorado, while six players finished with 71s, including Albane Valenzuela and Madie Chou of Stanford, who are tied for third.
The Cardinal fielded two teams. In addition to Lee, the A squad received a 71 from Valenzuela, 74’s from Casey Danielson and Ziyi Wang, and a 77 from Sierra Kersten.
The B team is fifth thanks to a 71 by Chou. Quirine Eijkenboom posted a 74, Jisoo Keel 76, Shannon Aubert 77, and Calli Ringsby 78.
The final round will be played Sunday and features an 8:30 a.m. PT shotgun start. Stanford is seeking its ninth win in the tournament and third title in the last five years.