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Cardinal corner: Honors for Foudy, Xiao, Steffens

 

Former Stanford standout and United States national women's soccer team captain Julie Foudy was honored with the Silver Anniversary Award, the NCAA announced Thursday.

Foudy, a four-year starter and three-time All-American at Stanford from 1989-92, is one of six distinguished former student-athletes to receive the honor.


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The annual award recognizes noteworthy individuals on the 25th anniversary of the end of their intercollegiate athletics eligibility. Foudy joins Jason Elam, Jim Hansen, Nnenna Lynch, David Morrow and Lance Pilch as the 2018 honorees.

Foudy was named Soccer America Player of the Year in 1991, graduating in 1994 with a degree in biological science two years following the end of her eligibility.

She was voted Pac-12 Player of the Century for women's soccer, finishing her career with school records in points (137), goals (52) and assists (33).

From 1988-2004, Foudy made 272 appearances with the United States national team, with which she won two FIFA World Cups and two Olympic gold medals. Named ESPN's Sportswoman of the Year in 1999, Foudy was named one of the NCAA's 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes in recognition of her significant impact and major contributions to society.

Since her retirement from professional soccer, Foudy has worked as a commentator, analyst, feature reporter and host for ESPN and ABC's coverage of several World Cups.

She founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, which focuses on developing young women using sports as a vehicle, and founded the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation, which works to empower young women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become leaders who positively impact their communities.

In addition to her involvement in numerous other foundations and organizations, Foudy serves as an ambassador for Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create social change across the world.

Last week, Foudy served as an analyst for ESPNU's coverage of the NCAA College Cup. Stanford defeated South Carolina, 2-0, and UCLA, 3-2, to claim its second national championship at the Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Also in women's soccer, Cardinal junior attacker Michelle Xiao was named a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American on Thursday.

Xiao joins Teresa Noyola, Christen Press and Kelley O'Hara as the program's only CoSIDA first-teamers, and is the 12th player overall to earn academic All-America recognition. Stanford has had at least one player named Academic All-America in eight of the past nine seasons.

A biomechanical engineering major who hails from Omaha, Nebraska, Xiao owns a cumulative 4.05 GPA and was recently named Pac-12 All-Academic first team.

Along with redshirt junior goalkeeper Alison Jahansouz, Xiao was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 first team.

A member of the All-Pac-12 second team, Xiao pitched in eight goals and six assists in 18 appearances before a season-ending injury against Florida State in the NCAA third round.

Men's volleyball

Stanford opens the season ranked eighth in the AVCA preseason poll. It marks the 11th straight season the Cardinal has been ranked in the preseason poll.

Stanford returns 14 players from the 2017 roster, including All-Americans Evan Enriques and Kevin Rakestraw. Outside hitter Jordan Ewert was an All-MPSF honorable mention pick last season despite sitting out several matches due to injury. Sophomore setter Paul Bischoff returns after earning All-MPSF Freshman Team honors last season.

Head coach John Kosty, who is in his 12th season at the helm of the program and 28th overall on staff, welcomes four newcomers to the roster – Leo Henken, Jaylen Jasper, Kyler Presho and JP Reilly.

Cole Paullin is also back on the roster after missing the previous two seasons while serving a church mission.

General

Three-time NCAA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Maggie Steffens is one of 10 exceptional former student-athletes that has been selected as a 2018 Today's Top 10 Award winner and will be honored at the 2018 NCAA Convention.

The award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2016-17 academic year and will be recognized at the Honors Celebration during the Convention, which will be held Jan. 17-20 in Indianapolis, Ind.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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