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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stanford's Ajanaku earns Pac-12 defensive honors in volleyball

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Stanford junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku has been tabbed the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week in women's volleyball, it was announced Monday.

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Menlo College football needs to turn around things around

The Menlo College football team is off to an 0-2 start and things don't appear to get any easier for the Oaks, who will hit the road for the first time this season to head to Canada to take on NCAA Division II Simon Fraser this Saturday.

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Atherton's Bellis wins tennis opener in US Open Juniors

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Atherton teen CiCi Bellis began her quest to win the girls' division of the US Open by posting a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mexico's Renata Zarazua on Monday at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Trio of Stanford freshmen earn international medals

Stanford freshmen Curtis Ogren and Liam Egan combined for three gold medals and three silver medals at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships that concluded Sunday in Maui, Hawaii. Stanford freshman Jordan Raney also helped earn a gold medal in women's water polo.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stanford men overcome long delay to secure soccer win

Eric Verso scored five minutes into the first overtime and the Stanford men's soccer team beat host Nebraska-Omaha, 2-1, in a nonconference match Sunday.

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Menlo School looks to its past for its baseball future

As a player, Ryan Cavan helped the Menlo School baseball team to a Central Coast Section title in 2004. Now, Cavan hopes to keep the Knights in the championship picture as the team's new head coach.

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Lipsky and Ram advance into the quarterfinals at US Open

Stanford grad Scott Lipsky and his doubles partner Rajeev Ram continued their run at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, advancing into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over third-seeded Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia on Sunday.

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Seniors help No. 3 Stanford sweep past No. 7 Nebraska

Stanford roundup
Opposite hitter Morgan Boukather enjoyed the best match of her career to date and libero Kyle Gilbert made another solid contribution as third-ranked Stanford swept host No. 7 Nebraska, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Early soccer goal helps catch victory for Stanford women

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Chioma Ubogagu's first-half breakaway goal stood up for No. 5 Stanford, which beat No. 14 Portland on Saturday, 1-0, to earn its third consecutive road victory over a ranked team to begin the women's soccer season.

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Montgomery makes his mark early in Stanford's opening win

Ty Montgomery returned a punt 60 yards for a score and caught another touchdown pass to help No. 11 Stanford open its season with a 45-0 victory over visiting UC Davis on Saturday. Kevin Hogan threw for three TDs and ran for another.

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Stanford grad Lipsky mixing it up at the US Open

Stanford grad Scott Lipsky and his partner Rajeev Ram reached the third round of the US Open men's doubles tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over American duo Michael Mmoh and Francis Tiafoe on Friday in Flushing Meadows.

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Cordova, Menlo College record a 1-0 shutout over Corban

Oaks report
Brittany Squaria scored early in the second half and goalkeeper Jasmine Cordova and the Menlo College defense made sure it stood up as the Lady Oaks topped Corban, 1-0, in a nonconference women's soccer match in Medord, Ore. on Friday.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Ajanaku leads Stanford women to sweep of volleyball opener

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Junior Inky Ajanaku recorded 14 kills and seven blocks and the Stanford women's volleyball team topped host Iowa State, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19, in the nonconference opener for both teams on Friday.

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Cinderella run by Atherton's Bellis ends at the US Open

The clock struck 12 for Atherton teen CiCi Bellis on Thursday night, ruining her evening at the US Open ball at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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Chiney Ogwumike is named the WNBA Rookie of the Year

Stanford graduate Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun is the recipient of the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung award. Ogwumike received 23 votes from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters who voted for the award.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paly grad Anderson tackles his new job opportunity

Senior Kevin Anderson says his interception return for a touchdown in the Rose Bowl is all fine and good. He thinks more about plays he didn't make that day that might have proved to make a difference.

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Stanford volleyball senior Gilbert digs her goal this season

Senior Kyle Gilbert won't mind if she doesn't get much recognition for her role in the success of the Stanford women's volleyball team. She never much enjoyed being the center of attention.

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Morris set to join American national men's soccer team

Stanford sophomore forward Jordan Morris will be missing part of the men's soccer season and it's for a good reason: his country needs him. Morris was among 22 players, and the lone college player, called into camp for a friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague.

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Palo Alto's Pederson grabs MVP honors in the PCL

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson of the Albuquerque Isotopes has been named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player, the league announced today. Pederson received more than half of the votes from the 16 field managers, as well as media representatives from across the league, while earning the 78th MVP honor in league history.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Menlo College drops home soccer match to the Mustangs

Danielle McCarthy and Kayla Cisneroz each scored goals for the Menlo College women's soccer team Wednesday but the Lady Oaks fell to visiting No. 18 The Master's College in a nonconference match.

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Stanford grad Appel has his best outing yet as a pro

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Stanford grad Mark Appel finally had the performance that had been missing ever since he was selected with the top overall pick in last year's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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Stanford field hockey is ready to take it to the next level

When No. 12 Stanford opens its field hockey season this weekend at home, it will do so with an experienced group of players determined to capture a NorPac title and their first NCAA Tournament victory.

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Stanford keeper wins national, Pac-12 honors in soccer

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Stanford sophomore Jane Campbell collected national honors for her performance in the Cardinal's twin road shutouts of ranked teams to open the women's soccer season last weekend.

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Paly grad Pederson is named Rookie of the Year in the PCL

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson of the Albuquerque Isotopes has been named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year, the league announced today. Pederson was voted the league's top rookie after a balloting of the PCL field managers and media representatives from across the league.

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Patience pays off for Palo Alto High grad with his first start

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Former Palo Alto High standout Kevin Anderson is expected to make his first collegiate start at outside linebacker when Stanford opens its 2014 football season against visiting UC Davis on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Young earns starting spot as Stanford's running back

Kelsey Young sat across from Stanford coach David Shaw prior to spring practice to answer one simple, important question. Would he like to play running back again?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Atherton's Bellis pulls a stunning upset in at the US Open

Gibbs wins her opener
American teen CiCi Bellis of Atherton became the youngest player to win a US Open match since 1996 -- almost three years before she was born -- when she stunned Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova on Tuesday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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Stanford's Bauer earns women's soccer honor after two wins

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Back-to-back shutouts by the Stanford women's soccer team last weekend have earned Cardinal defender Maddie Bauer the first Player of the Week honor from

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Bosch scores twice in Menlo College men's soccer victory

Sebastian Bosch scored twice and added an assist and the Menlo College men's soccer team beat Oregon Tech, 6-0, Monday in a nonconference match at Simpson University in Redding.

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Stanford grad Klahn loses in first round of the US Open

Stanford grad Bradley Klahn, in just his second tournament since July 14, dropped a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 decision to Russian Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round of the US Open in New York on Monday.

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CIF simplifies its state Open Division football bowl game

The CIF State Open Division Championship Bowl Game just got a lot easier to figure out following an announcement by the CIF State Office on Monday that the bowl game will return to its original format and philosophy.

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Atherton's Bellis receives USTA sportsmanship honor

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Cici Bellis of Atherton has been honored with the inaugural US Open Junior Sportsmanship Award for girls by the USTA. Bellis received the award after best demonstrating excellent sportsmanship at this summer's USTA National Championships. Bellis won the girls' 18s national crown.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

A successful opening road trip for Stanford women's soccer

The Stanford women's soccer team emerged from a season-opening road trip against two national powers with two shutout victories following a 2-0 women's soccer triumph over Duke in the Carolina Nike Classic on Sunday.

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Pederson joins elite company with 30 homers, 30 steals in PCL

Palo Alto grad Joc Pederson became the first Pacific Coast League player to record at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in 80 years when he swiped a base Saturday night in Colorado Springs.

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DiRado wins Pan Pacific title; Ledecky wins fifth gold medal

Katie Ledecky, the high school senior who has committed to Stanford, won her fifth gold medal of the meet and set a world, American and meet record in the women's 1500-meter freestyle Sunday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.

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Despite loss, Team USA can look forward with optimism

Stanford senior Alex Bowen scored twice but the United States men's senior national team could not overcome a four-goal, fourth-quarter deficit, losing to Croatia, 8-6, in the bronze medal game of the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Sunday.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Oaks lose football season opener, 45-27, to Eastern Oregon

Oaks report
Eastern Oregon scored three times in the fourth quarter to beat host Menlo College, 45-27, Saturday in a nonconference football contest that was the season opener for both teams.

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Ledecky sets another world record at Pan Pacific Games

Olympian Katie Ledecky broke the world, American and meet records in the women's 400-meter freestyle Saturday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, turning in a time of 3:58.37.

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Team USA falls to Hungary in semifinal of FINA World Cup

Stanford senior Alex Bowen scored a goal but the United States men's senior national water polo team dropped a 7-5 decision to Hungary in the semifinal round of the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Saturday.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Calicdan helps start the volleyball season on a good note

Menlo College senior Courtney Calicdan helped the Lady Oaks open the season with a victory, recording 20 kills in a sweep of visiting West Coast Baptist, 25-12, 25-13, 25-17, on Friday night.

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Ubogagu delivers overtime goal to lift Stanford to victory

Senior forward Chioma Ubogagu scored the only goal of the game, with an assist from senior Alex Doll, to help the sixth-ranked Cardinal beat host North Carolina, 1-0, Friday as part of the Carolina Nike Classic.

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DiRado earns a silver, Manuel wins bronze at Pan Pacific

Nothing was going to dampen the spirits of Stanford grad Maya DiRado or fellow American Elizabeth Beisel after they finished one-two in the women's 400-meter individual medley at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia on Friday.

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Stanford fills baseball coaching vacancies with familiar faces

The Stanford baseball program named three assistant coaches Friday. Brock Ungricht rejoins Mark Marquess' staff this year, while Santa Clara grad Jon Karcich becomes a volunteer assistant and Stanford product Eric Smith will serve as an undergraduate assistant.

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Sacred Heart Prep names former professional as baseball coach

Anthony Granato, who played in the 2013 World Baseball Classic as the starting shortstop for Team Italy, was named the head baseball coach at Sacred Heart Prep on Friday.

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Team USA edges Australia in quarterfinals of FINA World Cup

Stanford senior Alex Bowen scored four goals and Cardinal junior Bret Bonanni added two as the United States senior national water polo team downed Australia, 11-9, in a shootout on Friday in the quarterfinals of the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oaks open football season Saturday with a home game

Menlo report
Wade Hawkins took over quarterbacking duties in the third week of last season. The fifth-year senior has hit the ground running as the clear starter this year.

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Ledecky opens Pan Pacs with a pair of meet records

Olympian and Stanford commit Katie Ledecky won two swim events and set two meet records on Thursday during the first night of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Stanford men are tabbed MPSF favorite in water polo

Stanford has been tabbed as the favorite in this year's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Preseason Coaches' poll, it was announced Thursday. The Cardinal accumulated 60 points and five of the nine first-place votes to earn the top spot.

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Zhang, Avvari reach consolation round of team table tennis

Palo Alto grad Lily Zhang remains in Nanjing, China, competing in the mixed international team table tennis competition. She's won both of her contested matches but the American team won't be playing for a medal.

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Bonanni scores five times in Team USA loss to Serbia

Stanford junior Bret Bonanni scored five times and the United States men's senior national water polo team were within striking distance of 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Serbia in the fourth quarter before falling to the Serbians, 11-9, Thursday on the final day of pool play at the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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