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Sports - January 18, 2013

Sports Shorts

ALL-AMERICANS . . . Stanford senior Alina Garciamendez became the 16th Stanford player named to Soccer America MVP's first team, the All-America team for the nation's preeminent soccer publication. Garciamendez is the eighth Stanford player in the past six years to receive Soccer America's first-team honor. Also, teammate Rachel Quon, a senior outside back, was named to the MVP's second team, and the Cardinal's other outside back Laura Liedle, was named to Soccer America's All-Freshman second team. Garciamendez and Quon were team captains, four-year starters on the defensive line and vital to Stanford's 94-4-4 record, four College Cups and four conference titles during their collegiate careers. Both were first-team NSCAA All-Americans and All-Pac-12 first-team selections . . . Stanford junior Carly Wopat has been selected a First Team All-American by Volleyball Magazine, the publication announced Tuesday. She is one of four players from the Pac-12 Conference to earn first-team accolades. Wopat also earned first-team honors from the publication in 2011. She is also a two-time AVCA All-American, earning honorable mention in 2011 and first-team status in 2012.

NEW COACH . . . Former Stanford All-American Ryan Nelsen was named head coach of Major League Soccer club Toronto FC last week, becoming the eighth head coach and the youngest, at age 35, in club history. He takes over a Toronto FC club that finished 2012 at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table with 23 points (5-21-8 overall record). The club, however, captured its fourth Voyageur Cup by winning the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship with a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Over his two seasons on The Farm, Nelsen marshaled the Cardinal midfield and helped anchor the defense to a national-best 0.44 goals-against average in 2000. He also scored eight goals with 10 assists on the offensive end. Nelsen earned All-America recognition and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2000 after leading the Cardinal to an 18-3-1 record and NCAA Tournament quarterfinal berth.

CARDINAL NOTES . . . Stanford senior Eddie Penev was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Penev helped lead No. 3 Stanford to a season opening 425.000-411.150 victory at No. 6 California with first-place finishes in the floor (15.650) and all-around (85.200) events. The five-time All-American currently ranks first in the nation in both events . . . The No. 10-ranked Stanford men's tennis team opened its dual-match season by blanking visiting Sacramento State, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Stanford (1-0) captured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead before sweeping all six singles matches. Three Cardinal freshmen picked up victories in their first career dual match at the Nos. 3-5 positions of the lineup.


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