VOLLEYBALL . . . Stanford sophomore Jordan Burgess was one of three U.S. players to record 10 points as the women's junior national volleyball team finished the FIVB U20 World Championship with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Puerto Rico on Sunday to finish 17th in Brno, Czech Republic. Stanford incoming freshmen Merete Lutz and Kelsey Humphreys also contributed as the Americans ended their stay on a three-match winning streak. They were 4-4 overall at the world tournament . . . Stanford grad Alix Klineman will join fellow Cardinal grads Kristin Richards Hildebrand and Cassidy Lichtman when the U.S. women's national volleyball team meets Japan in the USA Volleyball Cup, a three-match series between July 10 and 13 in three different Southern California venues. Klineman, who has been playing in Italy since graduating from Stanford two years, joins a team that includes six players with Olympic Games experience. The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), begins the series with No. 3 Japan on July 10 at UC San Diego, followed by a July 12 match at Long Beach State. The series concludes on July 13 at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano.
NET NOTES . . . Stanford sophomore Nolan Paige earned a chance to qualify for the U.S. Open last week and will participate in the U.S. Open National Playoffs at Yale beginning Aug. 16. Paige beat 35-year-old former pro Jayman Crabb, 6-4, 6-4, in the finals of the Section Qualifying held at Yale. Crabb, from Australia, has a 232-201 career record. Paige could run into Menlo School grad Andrew Ball, who won the Northern California qualifying tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over York School senior Joshua Pompan in Salinas. Stanford grad Bradley Klahn, a former NCAA singles champion, started the week with a career-best ranking of 178. He lost his first-round qualifying match at Wimbledon, 6-2, 1-6, 9-7, to Canada's Filip Peliwo. Klahn won his first professional career singles title at the Costa Mesa Pro Classic in March, a week after reaching his first final at the USTA Men's Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas. Stanford products Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs, who have a combined four NCAA singles and/or doubles titles to their credit, also opened the week with their career-high singles ranking. Burdette, who lost her first-round match in the main draw at Wimbledon in three sets, is currently ranked No. 68. Gibbs, who lost her first-round match in the qualifying draw at Wimbledon to eventual qualifier Yvonne Meusburger, is currently ranked No. 172. Pinewood and Stanford grad Lejla Hodzic, meanwhile, reached the finals of the U.S. Open qualifying tournament in Salinas.
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