Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - November 23, 2012

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Harvard senior captain Taylor Docter from Castilleja has been named to the All-Ivy League women's volleyball team. Docter was tabbed by the conference's coaches as a first-team selection. Docter finished the season ranked third in the Ancient Eight in points per set (3.63) and was fourth in kills per set (3.12) while led the Crimson in kills for a third straight year. The Los Altos native posted a career-best 12 double-doubles and also set career-highs in kills per set, digs (264) and digs per set (2.93). Her 23 kills at Dartmouth on Sept. 21 represented a new single-match high, while her 20 digs against Holy Cross on Sept. 25 were the most in her career. Docter was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 16 after averaging 5.00 kps and 2.57 dps while hitting .280 in wins over Cornell and Columbia and was named to the conference's honor roll four times. Additionally, the human developmental and regenerative biology concentrator was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District first team. Docter will graduate in May as one of the most celebrated student-athletes in Harvard women's volleyball history. She is the first Crimson to be named to the All-Ivy League first team since 2004 and was also named to the second team as a junior a year ago. Docter ranks fourth all-time at Harvard in attack attempts (3,455), sixth in service aces (98), seventh in kills (980) and eighth in kills per set (2.67) . . . Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson played her final home match of her UC Davis career on Saturday, but didn't get the ending she wanted as the Aggies dropped a 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 decision to nationally No. 7-ranked Hawaii in Big West Conference action. Whitson, one of three seniors honored, finished with 10 kills, seven digs and two aces for the Aggies (10-7, 16-14) against the Rainbow Wahine (16-0, 24-2).

UC Davis next will take on Pacific on Saturday, which will match Whitson against her sister, Kimmy, a UOP freshman setter . . . Freshman Cat Perez, a Gunn High graduate, made her first career appearance for the Seattle University women's basketball team and recorded a block during a 58-55 nonconference loss to host Colorado State on Saturday. Another former Gunn standout, Jasmine Evans, had three points with two steals and two assists for Harvard in a 71-65 victory over visiting BYU on Saturday night . . . Grinnell College's Graham Fisher, Class of 2016, has been named to the All-Midwest Conference football team for the 2012 season. Fisher, a 6-4, 233-pounder from Gunn High, was named to the All-MWC honorable mention squad at a punter spot. He was among the MWC leaders in punting with a 36.2-yard average. He had five kicks of over 50 yards and put 18 inside the 20-yard line. Fisher was named the MWC Special Teams Performer of the Week during the season after kicking a 50-yard field goal. He was 5-of-9 on field goal tries.

Fisher was one of seven All-MWC picks for the Pioneers, who went 2-7 in league play and 2-8 overall . . . Menlo School grad Jack Foley help lead his Dartmouth men's water polo team to a sixth-place finish at the Collegiate Club National Championships last weekend at Oregon State in Corvallis.

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