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Stanford goalie Holland earns MPSF water polo honor


Stanford junior goalie Drew Holland was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Water Polo Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.

Holland registered an MPSF single-game record 23 saves in No. 5 Stanford's 7-0 shutout of No. 7 UC Irvine on Sunday. The Cardinal junior totaled 36 saves for the week, also posting 13 stops in Saturday's 12-8 victory over No. 8 Long Beach State.

The shutout of UC Irvine was only the second time this season an MPSF team was held scoreless this season (UCLA defeated San Jose State, 10-0, on Oct. 18). Prior to Sunday, UC Irvine had not been held scoreless in a game since at least 2002.

Holland broke the old MPSF single-game saves record shared by four individuals – Byron Rivers-UC Irvine, Nov. 12, 2014, Brady Moore-Pacific, Nov. 15, 2014, Brady Moore-Pacific, Oct. 12, 2014, Chris Whitelegge-UCSB, Sept. 22, 2013.

Holland's previous high single-game save total was 20 against USC on Oct. 18, 2014. The Cardinal junior has recorded double-digit saves in 11 games this season.

The honor is Holland's fourth career MPSF Player of the Week Award. He was honored twice last season (Oct. 6 and 20) and once during his freshman season in 2013 (Oct. 21).

Stanford (18-6, 4-3 MPSF) will play its final three regular-season games at Avery Aquatic Center, beginning Friday (Nov. 6) at 7 p.m. against Pepperdine. The Cardinal will also face Santa Clara (Nov. 10) and California (Nov. 15) at home to close the regular-season slate.


Stanford finished in the top two at two PCCSC Championships this past weekend.

The Cardinal had a strong showing in the PCCSC Fall Women's Championship, taking four of the top five spots. Freshmen skipper Maria El-Khazindar and sophomore crew Grace Lucas won seven of 15 races to win the championship, followed by the freshmen tandem of skipper Martina Sly and crew Maggie Schult.

Freshman skipper Cassie Obel and junior crew Lauren Block finished third, while sophomore skipper Elena VandenBerg and freshman crew Meg Gerli took fourth.

Sophomore skipper Luke Muller, junior crew Daniel Ron and senior crew Sammy Steele represented the Cardinal in the PCCSC Match Race Championship. The Cardinal finished second to UC Santa Barbara, who won in a head-to-head tiebreaker.

Stanford is back in action next weekend when it travels to the men's and women's Singlehanded Nationals in Norfolk, Va.

Women's volleyball

Stanford libero Halland McKenna has been tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in women's volleyball for her efforts last week.

McKenna anchored the Cardinal defense in wins over No. 14 Arizona State and No. 19 Arizona last week. The Laguna Beach native averaged 5.43 digs per set, 1.84 more than her season average, as Stanford held the Sun Devils and Wildcats to a combined .120 attack percentage.

After recording 11 digs in a sweep over Arizona State, McKenna collected a career high 27 digs in four sets against Arizona. She has tallied double-digit digs in six straight matches and 15 overall on the season. She was also perfect on serve receive with zero errors on 30 attempts in the two matches.

It marks the first weekly honor for McKenna and the 14th freshman of the week accolade for the Cardinal all-time, which leads the conference.

No. 7 Stanford hits the road this week to take on Oregon on Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and Oregon State on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.


Stanford opened the season with a dominating 35-6 Pac-12 victory over host Cal Poly on Monday.

The Cardinal won nine of the 10 bouts and scored bonus points in six of them. The dual was originally scheduled to be held outside, but rain forced the teams indoors.

Redshirt freshman Brian Rossi got things started for the Cardinal at 133 pounds with an 8-4 decision over Jason DelaCruz. True freshman Joey McKenna made his collegiate debut by pinning Glenn Farina in 1:07. McKenna wasted no time securing his first takedown and near fall points before finishing off Farina.

Paul Fox also made his debut, at 149 pounds. He turned in a 12-4 major decision over Joshy Cortez. Leading 7-2 going into the final period, Fox scored two more takedowns and collected 1:08 of riding time for the major.

Redshirt junior Max Hvolbek pushed the Cardinal lead to 16-0 with a 5-3 decision over Colt Shorts at 157 pounds. Holding a 3-0 lead heading into the final period, Shorts chose down to start the third and quickly got an escape, however, Hvolbek fired back with another takedown which ultimately earned the win.

Returning All-American Jim Wilson turned in a 12-4 major decision over Xavier Johnson at 165 pounds. Wilson tallied five takedowns, an escape and 3:40 of riding time in the win. He is now 70-15 for his career.

Keaton Subjeck, Peter Galli, Josh Marchok and Connor Schram were also winners.

— Stanford Athletics

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