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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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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Press scores to help USA soccer beat Switzerland

Stanford grad Christen Press scored in the 77th minute to help the United States women's senior national soccer team wallop visiting Switzerland, 4-1, on Wednesday in Cary, North Carolina.

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McCarthy helps Menlo women open soccer season with a win

Sophomore Danielle McCarthy scored a goal and recorded a pair of assists as the Menlo College women's soccer team kicked off the season with a 3-1 victory over visiting Warner Pacific on Wednesday.

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U.S. scores a big victory over Montenegro at FINA World Cup

Stanford senior Alex Bowen and Cardinal junior Bret Bonanni each scored two goals and the Americans came up with their biggest win of the season Wednesday, beating Montenegro, 11-7, on the second day of the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Gunn grads invited to play in Champions Tour golfing event

Recent Gunn grads Jack Jaffe and Anna Zhou, both of whom represent The First Tee of Silicon Valley, were invited to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in September.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pederson on the verge of joining elite baseball company

Palo Alto grad Joc Pederson hit his 30th home run of the season for Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday night to close in on becoming the first player in the Pacific Coast League to record a 30-30 season since 1934 and just the fourth overall.

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Stanford's Richardson part of U20 national rugby team

Stanford's Nikki Richardson and the USA Rugby AIG Women's Junior All-Americans have assembled in Buffalo, N.Y., to prepare for the U20 Can-Am Series in Ontario.

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Stanford's Bonanni scored three times in Team USA victory

National teams
Stanford junior Bret Bonanni scored four times to help the United States men's senior water polo team open the FINA World Cup with a 19-1 victory over South Africa on Tuesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Zhang takes the bronze medal at Youth Olympic Games

Recent Palo Alto grad Lily Zhang won the bronze medal in the women's singles table tennis competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China on Wednesday.

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Locals are key as U.S. national teams win team titles

Palo Alto resident Chesnie Cheung won a pair of gold medals at the UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships over the weekend in Riverside. The seventh-grader at Jordan Middle School, who competes for the Santa Clara Aquamaids, recorded victories in duet, with Kaitlyn Hoang, and team events in the 12-Under age group.

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Zhang wins 2; reaches semifinal at Youth Olympic Games

Recent Palo Alto grad Lily Zhang continued her mastery of the international world of women's table tennis, advancing to the championship semifinal after beating two more opponents Monday at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

TAKE 5 with USA Water Polo's KK Clark

Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive sat down with USA Water Polo's KK Clark, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, to get her thoughts on the importance of playing sports along with the life lessons she learned.

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Gunn's Anderson named water polo All-American

Prep spotlight
Gunn grad Caroline Anderson leads a local list of high school girls' water polo All-Americans and Menlo School has two new coaches in Keith Larsen and Greg Weigel.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

American women remain atop the FINA water polo world

Stanford grad and Olympian Melissa Seidemann scored three goals to help the United States women's senior national water polo team beat Australia, 10-6, on Sunday in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia to capture the FINA World Cup title.

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Lichtman serves help keep American women in title chase

The United States women's senior national volleyball team remained in contention, by the slimmest of margins, at the FIVB World Grand Prix Group 1 preliminary round in Bangkok, Thailand, beating Dominican Republic, 25-21, 15-25, 25-19, 29-27, on Sunday.

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Palo Alto's Zhang opens Youth Olympics with two victories

Palo Alto grad Lily Zhang won all three of her group table tennis matches in the women's singles division at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China on Sunday to advance into the quarterfinal round.

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American men end USAV Cup with a volleyball sweep of Iran

The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team finished its four-match USAV Cup series with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 victory over Iran on Saturday before a crowd of 3,610 at the Bren Center at UC Irvine.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Under-20 soccer team's trip to FIFA World Cup cut short

The U.S. Under-20 women's national team was eliminated from the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup because of a 3-1 loss, in penalty kicks, to Korea DPR on Saturday at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.

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Team USA remains in contention at World Grand Prix

National teams
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo scored 25 points on 14 kills, nine blocks and a pair of service aces to help rally the U.S. women's senior national volleyball team past host Thailand, 25-19, 19-25, 20-25, 25-12, 15-10, in the second to last FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round match in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Enright named first team All-American in water polo

Prep spotlight
Sacred Heart Prep grad Harrison Enright, an incoming freshman at Stanford, leads the list of local athletes named to the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-American high school water polo team.

Friday, 6:25 PM | 1 comment
Team USA falls to Brazil in FIVB Women's World Cup

Of local note
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo recorded 17 points on 12 kills, four blocks and a service ace, but the United States women's senior national volleyball team dropped a heart-breaker to world No. 1 Brazil, 29-31, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-9, in a FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round match in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.

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A good week for Stanford swimmers at national meet

Katie Ledecky will grab the spotlight early at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia when she climbs onto the starting blocks for the women's 200-meter freestyle race on Thursday.

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Stanford is ready to regain its national footing

Chioma Ubogagu is one of a handful of Stanford players who were part of the school's first national women's soccer championship team. She started as a champion and would love to finish as a champion.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Garrick bows out of U.S. Amateur Championship

Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick bogeyed the 16th hole to fall behind and eventually lose, 1 up, to Texas Christian grad Eli Cole of Los Angeles in the Round of 32 match play at the U.S. Amateur on the Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands Course on Thursday.

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Stanford's Steffens leads Team USA past Hungary, 15-10

Stanford junior Maggie Steffens scored three goals and the United States women's senior national water polo team beat Hungary, 15-10, Thursday to advance into the quarterfinals of the FINA World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cardinal women picked to finish second in the Pac-12

The Stanford women's soccer team has been picked to finish second in the Pac-12, by a vote of conference coaches.

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Team USA beats Australia at the FINA Women's World Cup

Melissa Seidemann and Kiley Neushul each scored a goal and the United States women's senior national water polo team downed Australia, 8-6, in the preliminary round of the FINA Women's World Cup on Wednesday.

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Garko leaving Stanford, baseball for family, opportunity

Ryan Garko had the chance to play baseball at the highest level because of talent, determination and desire. Those traits fit in well at Stanford, where Garko played and returned to coach for a year.

Wednesday, 10:09 AM | 1 comment
U.S. Under-20 women reach quarterfinals at World Cup

Stanford sophomore Stephanie Amack and her United States' Under-20 women's national team teammates clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, beating China, 3-0, on Tuesday in Moncton, Canada.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Atherton golfer advances to match play at U.S. Amateur

Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick, a junior on the men's golf team at UCLA, finds himself in a six-way tie for second place following two rounds of the U.S. Amateur Championships in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:11 PM | 1 comment
American women score big in FINA World Cup opener

Of local note
Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann scored a pair of goals and the United States women's senior national water polo team drenched South Africa, 18-1, on the first day of the FINA World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia on Tuesday.

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Palo Alto 'world traveler' finds a home with Stanford football

Keller Chryst began attending Stanford games as soon as he moved to the area and went to almost every home game. At Palo Alto High School, he was tutored by volunteer coach Steve Bono, who played collegiately at UCLA and then professionally with the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Tuesday, 12:31 PM | 4 comments
Stanford women ranked third in preseason volleyball poll

The Stanford women's volleyball team begins the season ranked No. 3 nationally as the American Volleyball Coaches Association revealed its annual preseason poll Monday. The Cardinal is the only program in the nation to appear in the top 10 of every preseason poll since its inception in 1982.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Gibbs loses in doubles, seeks to rebound in singles

Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs and her doubles partner Alison Riske dropped a 7-5, 6-4 decision to Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Karolina Plishkova on Monday in the first round of action at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

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USA women return to pool for water polo's FINA World Cup in Russia

National team
The United States women's senior national water polo team will be looking to repeat as FINA World Cup champions when competition begins Tuesday with a match against South Africa in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

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Stanford commit earns top weekly wrestling honor

Of local note
Stanford commit Joey McKenna earned TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week, the website announced Monday. He won the silver medal in the 132-pound division for the United States at the FILA Junior World Championships on Saturday in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Manuel races to national swimming title in the 50 free

Incoming Stanford freshman Simone Manuel has the kind of speed in the swimming pool that ranks her among the best in the world, let alone the United States.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gibbs to make her main draw debut in hometown tournament

Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs defeated 70th-ranked Italian Francesca Schiavone, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, on Sunday to qualify for the main draw of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

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Americans will need help to reach final of FIVB Grand Prix

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo recorded eight kills and a match-high five blocks but the United States women's national volleyball team dropped a 25-20, 25-22, 29-27 decision to host Brazil in a FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary match on Sunday.

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One family, two gold medals at Masters world championships

Menlo School grad Thomas Foley earned All-American recognition as a water polo player. Sean Foley, his father, showed off the genes that helped shape Thomas into a top athlete when both competed at the FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal, which concluded last Sunday.

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