Third-ranked Stanford continued its run at the NCAA women's volleyball tournament with a 28-26, 25-23, 25-22 sweep of No. 10 Minnesota in the Lexington (Ky.) Regionals on Friday.

The Cardinal (27-5) plays No. 2 Penn State (31-2) on Saturday (ESPNU, 1 p.m.), with the winner advancing to the Final Four in Seattle.

With the teams tied at 26 in the first set, Stanford's Brittany Howard connected for back-to-back kills.

In the second set, it was tied at 23 before Stanford took timeout. The Cardinal closed it out with a kill by Howard and a block by Carly Wopat and Madi Bugg.

In the third set, Stanford called a timeout trailing 22-21, then scored the final four points to oust Minnesota (29-7).

  • Cal senior defender Steve Birnbaum was named first-team All-America by the NSCAA. He led the team in points (21), and goals (10) as Cal lost to Maryland in the 2013 NCAA tournament quarterfinals.

    Golf

    Former Cal star Max Homa shot an 8-under 64 at the PGA West's Nicklaus course and improved 77 spots to seventh at the six-round Web.com Tour qualifying tournament in La Quinta. He shot an even-par 72 at the TPC Stadium course on Thursday. Amateur Michael Kim had a second-round 69 at TPC Stadium and was tied for 14th at 7 under. He's in the midst of his junior season at Cal and would have to turn pro to accept any Web.com Tour status. Chris Epperson had a four-shot lead at 16-under 128.


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    Winter sports

    Nick Cunningham of Monterey and Dallas Robinson won a second consecutive World Cup medal, placing third in the two-man bobsled at Lake Placid, N.Y. Olympic champion Steven Holcomb won his fifth straight gold medal. Pilot Cory Butner was fourth with Charles Berkeley of Walnut Creek.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.