The Gophers women’s volleyball team fell to 0-2 Sunday, losing in three sets to No. 2 Stanford at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif.

The set scores were 25-15, 25-23, 25-18. Stanford improved to 2-0.

The Gophers, predicted by conference coaches to finish fifth in the Big Ten, got a match-high 13 kills from Daly Santana. Paige Tapp led the Gophers with five block assists, and Samantha Seliger-Swenson had a match-best 33 assists.

Stanford hit .253 and had 15 blocks, while holding the Gophers to .095 and eight blocks.


Apple Valley wrestler wins world title

Apple Valley sophomore Gable Stevenson, the defending Class 3A wrestling 220-pound state champion, won the gold medal Sunday at the United World Wrestling (UWW) Cadet World Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Steveson won the freestyle 100kg (220-pound) division, beating Khasanboy Rakhimov of Uzbekistan 9-0 in the finals, completing the tournament with a 5-0 record.

He already has given a verbal commitment to the Gophers, where he’ll join brother Bobby Steveson.

U soccer team falls

LSU scored in the 71st minute on a header by Jorian Baucom, beating the Gophers women’s soccer team 1-0 in the Battle of the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La.

It was the first loss of the season for the Gophers (2-1-1), who had also had a draw with 23rd-ranked Kansas.

Gophers Rashida Beal, Tori Burnett and Josee Stiever made the all-tournament team.

Saints break HR record

The St. Paul Saints broke the franchise home run record, running their season total to 97, on the way to a 10-3 victory over the host Kansas City T-Bones.

Sunday’s record-breaker was hit by infielder Sam Maus, his first professional home run.

The Saints (68-25) have seven regular-season games remaining, all home games, starting Tuesday.

Sunday’s results made it certain that the Saints will open the American Association playoffs against Sioux City. The first-round playoff matchups are based on geography, not record.