In what most would call a Final Four caliber matchup, the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team fell in five sets to No. 2 Penn State in the NCAA Lexington (Ky.) Regional finals Saturday.
The Cardinal ends its season 27-6, while the Nittany Lions (32-2) advance to the Final Four in Seattle. Penn State will play either Washington or USC on Thursday.
"I want to congratulate Penn State. I wish them well in the Final Four," said coach John Dunning after a 22-25, 25-22, 28-26, 18-25, 15-11 loss. "I'd like to congratulate my team, as well. That was a wonderful match we played."
Senior Rachel Williams and sophomore Jordan Burgess led Stanford with 17 kills apiece. Burgess also had 18 digs, and Williams finished with 12.
Shared Belief, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, posted a 53/4-length win as the even-money favorite in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity, the last Grade 1 race at Hollywood Park before the 75-year-old track closes for good next weekend.
Ridden by Corery Nakatani, Shared Belief ran 11/16 miles in 1:42.16. The 2-year-old gelding's co-owners include the Bay Area-based Hollendorfer and talk show host Jim Rome.
Blueskiesnrainbows beat favorite Hear the Ghost by a half-length, giving Hollendorfer a 1-2-3 finish in the $150,000 Native Diver Stakes. Rousing Sermon was another half-length back in third. Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Blueskiesnrainbows ran 11/8 miles in 1:50.07.
Monterey's Nick Cunningham got his second medal in two days and U.S. bobsledders swept the World Cup two-man bobsled event at Lake Placid, N.Y., a day after going first, third and fourth.
Olympic champion Steven Holcomb won his sixth straight race with Cunningham taking the silver with partner Johnny Quinn. Cory Butner of Yucaipa was third with pusher Chuck Berkeley of Walnut Creek.
Cunningham, a sergeant in the New York National Guard, used a different push partner Saturday after barely missing a silver medal the previous day with Dallas Robinson. Quinn won his first World Cup medal after four years of competing.
Michael Kim and former Cal teammate Max Homa were tied for fourth at the Web.com Tour qualifying tournament at La Quinta's PGA West.
Kim, who is in the midst of his junior season at Cal and would have to turn pro to accept any tour status, shot a 6-under 66, and Homa had a 67. Both played the TPC Stadium course in the third round for 13-under 203 totals.
Steve Saunders had a three-shot lead at 17-under 199 in the six-round event that's also being contested at the Nicklaus course.
Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.