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Stanford opposite Merete Lutz has been selected the Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.

Lutz, a redshirt senior from Houston, averaged 4.00 kills per set on .526 hitting in wins over Oregon State and No. 16 Oregon. Her efforts helped the Cardinal reach the 20-win plateau for the 17th straight season and 37th time overall.

Merete Lutz
Lutz recorded a team-high 11 kills on .409 hitting and tallied three blocks against the Beavers on Friday. She followed up with a season-best .688 (13-2-16) attack percentage and three blocks versus the Ducks on Sunday. Stanford has a commanding four-match lead in the Pac-12 standings and remains undefeated at 14-0.

For the season, Lutz is hitting .369 in conference matches ranking third in the Pac-12 behind teammates Tami Alade (.519) and Audriana Fitzmorris (.428).

Lutz joins Morgan Hentz (Oct. 23) and Kathryn Plummer (Oct. 30) as the Cardinal players to be recognized by the conference this season. It is the second weekly honor of Lutz's career as she was also the Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 26, 2015. Stanford now has 103 player of the week honors all-time.

The Cardinal hits the road this week to take on No. 13 Washington on Wednesday in Seattle and Washington State on Saturday in Pullman.

Field hockey

he No. 18 Stanford field hockey team will host Miami (Ohio) University in an NCAA Tournament Opening Round on Wednesday with a start time of 2 p.m., it was announced Sunday night. The winner advances to face No. 2 Duke (16-3) on Saturday in Durham, N.C.

The Cardinal (13-7) clinched a berth by beating the University of New Hampshire, 4-1 on Sunday in the America East Finals in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was the second consecutive conference championship for Stanford, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.

This marks the program's 16th appearance since 1985 and seventh in the last eight years for head coach Tara Danielson. In 2014, the Cardinal reached the second round before losing to Connecticut, 3-1.

Men's golf

Stanford received red scores from Brandon Wu and Franklin Huang on Monday at the St. Mary's Invitational contested at Poppy Hills Golf Club.

Wu and Huang both finished 1-under, tied for eighth among individuals.

The Cardinal is tied for second among the 18-team field, recording a 1-under 283 on the par-71 course. USF (-3) leads through 18 holes at the three-day event.

Wu eagled the par-5 first and added four birdies. Huang's round came with five birdies.

Bradley Knox, tied for 16th at even-par, eagled the par-5 18th.

Men's water polo

Freshman Ben Hallock was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

Hallock earned the weekly honor after he posted his 11th hat trick of the season to lead No. 4 Stanford to a 7-5 win over No. 3 UCLA in a crucial MPSF match this past Saturday.

Women's tennis

Sophomore Emily Arbuthnott and freshman Michaela Gordon captured the doubles title on Sunday afternoon at the inaugural Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.

Paired together last month and competing in only their second tournament, Arbuthnott and Gordon defeated the nation's No. 6-ranked duo of Alexa Bortles and Arianne Hartono from Mississippi 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

After winning their first three matches on the strength of a super-tiebreaker, Arbuthnott and Gordon made quicker work of their final two opponents. The Cardinal tandem followed a 6-1, 7-5 semifinal victory over Duke's Kelly Chen and Samantha Harris with Sunday's statement win.

Arbuthnott and Gordon closed out the fall with an 8-1 record, having also reached the doubles semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships last month at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

It's the second title for Gordon, who claimed the singles crown at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships. Arbuthnott, who as a rookie last season teamed up with Taylor Davidson to form Stanford's No. 1 doubles team, secured her first career title.

Men's soccer

The offensive outburst continued for the Cardinal Sunday night. One game after clinching its fourth consecutive conference championship, Corey Baird scored twice and No. 4 Stanford beat San Diego State 4-0 at Cagan Stadium.

Stanford scored nine times in its two home wins this weekend against the Aztecs (5-13-0, 0-9-0 Pac-12) and UCLA and upped its season average to 2.35 goals per game. The Cardinal (14-2-1, 8-0-1 Pac-12) has already scored a school-record 25 times in Pac-12 play, besting the previous mark of 22 set in 2012, and put in three or more in a game nine times this season, the program's most since 2001 (13).

Men's rowing

The Stanford varsity eight and second varsity eight took home the silver under winter-like conditions at the 38th annual Head of the Lake Sunday on Montlake Cut.

The cold weather conditions in Seattle worsened during the event, causing the regatta to be shortened to just 10 of the 70 scheduled events. However, both the Cardinal eight and second varsity eight were able to complete the course.

"This was a great experience for our team," said Stanford head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "We raced in near snowy conditions, finishing second in the varsity eight and second varsity eight. Our team has four months to declare our national intentions."

The varsity eight, with a crew of Ryan Buchanan (coxswain), Drew Taylor (stroke), Brennan Wertz (seven-seat), Jovanni Stefani (six-seat), Trey Holterman (five-seat), Bart Scherpbier (four-seat), Guy Wuollett (three-seat), Ryan Cardiff (two-seat), and Allen Reitz (bow-seat), finished the course in 5:31.225. The Cardinal placed second behind Washington's time of 5:14.284. Oregon State finished third with a time of 5:40.534.

The second varsity eight, with a crew of Allison Tielking (coxswain), Joseph Matan (stroke), Julius Stener (seven-seat), Martin Amethier (six-seat), Nick Kingsley (five-seat), John Coffey (four-seat), David Dunn (three-seat), Spencer Burdge (two-seat) and Will Spencer (bow-seat) completed the course in 5:53.238 to take second out of five boats. UW won the race with a time of 5:30.131, with Oregon State placing third with a time of 6:00.999.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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