This Week in Sports: Pac-12 champions

Welcome to this week of sports. We’re Zach Zafran and Ells Boone, The Daily’s sports editors, and we’re bringing you the big games, events and stories from last week, as well as a sneak peek of what’s coming up this week.

The Stanford women’s soccer team, which had been shut out for three straight seasons in five years, is back where it wants to be by winning the Pac-12 title. The team entered the week tied with No. 1 UCLA for the Pac-12 lead, but after the Bruins lost 2-0 to USC, the Cardinal tied Cal 1-1 on Friday afternoon and took sole possession of the Pac-12 championship. owning Stanford, seeded No. 3 on Monday, will open NCAA Tournament play at Kagan Stadium on Friday when it hosts San Jose State.

Stanford men’s tennis was well-represented at the end of the fall season, with freshman Nishesh Basavareddy winning the 2022 ITA Men’s Singles Fall National Championship, the first freshman to win since 2011 and the fourth Stanford player to do so in program history. Sophomore Max Basing also competed and won the first round to reach the round of 16 before being eliminated by the tournament’s top seed, Duke’s Garrett Johns.

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After an up-and-down regular season, field hockey closed out the season strong, finishing 5th in the America East Finals. The team defeated Vermont 2-1 on Thursday and avenged an early season loss with a 3-1 victory over No. 23 on Friday. On Sunday, the Cardinal faced No. 17 UAlbany for the conference title, but lost in a shootout in overtime. At the end of the tournament, the Cardinal finished the season with a 10-9 record.

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Junior Michael Thorbjornsen and sophomore Rose Jean played together in the Big Match against Cal earlier this fall. (Photo: BRANDON VALLANCE/ISI Photos)

No. 1 Women’s Golf’s fall season has come to a close, with what is now known as the Pac-12 Preview in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Rose Zhang led the way and finished at 11 under for her seventh career victory. The sophomore has now won half of the Stanford tournaments he’s played in and is just two wins shy of the school record.

After his performance, Jean was named Pac-12 Golfer of the Month for the second time. After leading the men’s team to another win at Georgia College Golf Club in late October, Michael Thorbjornsen joined him for his second straight Pac-12 Golfer of the Month award.

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Women’s volleyball with a 3-0 home win over UCLA in late October. (Photo: RANA TAKI/The Stanford Daily)

Returning to Maplas Pavilion, No. 8 Stanford women’s volleyball has a pair of wins over Utah and Colorado. On the other hand, senior Kendall Kipp had 21 and 19 kills per game. The standout performances earned him Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Cardinal have now won 12 straight and show no signs of slowing down. The group hit the road Wednesday and Saturday to face schools from south Los Angeles.

Women’s swimming and diving comfortably continued their undefeated start to the season with a 162-63 win over San Jose State on Friday. Cardinal was without many key team members due to illness, but several swimmers rose to the challenge to impress in more than one event. After three consecutive meets, the swimming team will travel to North Carolina for the NC State Invitational, while their diving team will travel to Austin, Texas for the Texas Diving Invitational.

The men’s swimming and diving team took on a Bay Area foe on Friday as the team faced off against Cal in the annual Tri-Distance Meet. In the special scoring system, the Cardinal led the Golden Bears in several events with margins of victory ranging from 16 seconds to 0.27 seconds. Next up for the team is the NCState/GAC Invite later this month.

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Washington State beat Stanford in dominant fashion on Saturday. (Photo: MIKE KHEIR/The Stanford Daily)

It didn’t look good for Stanford football Saturday afternoon in a 52-14 loss to Washington State at Stanford Stadium. Four fouls in the first half gave the Cougars a 42-7 lead. Now 3-6, the Cardinals will head to Salt Lake City to play No. 12 Utah on Saturday night.

Other updates from The Farm:

  • No. 2 ranked women’s basketball dominated the Aztecs 86-48 in their official season opener against San Diego State on Monday night. Read a season recap of the defending Pac-12 champions here.
  • Men’s basketball opened the tournament with an 88-78 win over Pacific on Monday morning. Next season has high hopes for the Cardinal program to return to the NCAA tournament. Senior Spencer Jones will be at the forefront. You can read about his journey here.
  • Cross country dominated the Pac-12 Championships, with the men’s team finishing first, followed by the women’s fourth. After the competition, many members of the team were awarded with conference awards.

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