IT'S THE WATER . . . Stanford collected 33 points and four first-place votes to top the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo Coaches' Poll. It's the third consecutive year and seventh in the last eight that the Cardinal has been the league's preseason pick. USC was tabbed second with 30 points and one first-place vote, UCLA was third with 28 points and one first-place vote and California was fourth with 23 points and one first-place vote. ... The No. 2 Stanford men's swimming and diving team hosts Pacific at 11 a.m. Friday.
SWISH IT . . . Menlo College freshman Jeremiah Testa made sure the Oaks came out on the right side of Tuesday's 73-70 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over William Jessup this week. Testa, who helped Serra-San Mateo win a state title a year ago, hit a 3-pointer as time expired, the last of his game-high 26 points. The Oaks extended their winning streak to three games against a Warriors team that knocked off NAIA No. 1 Biola earlier this year. Menlo hosts Vanguard at Foothill College on Saturday in a 4 p.m. tip-off.
ON THE MAT . . . Stanford freshman Gabriel Townsell earned Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week honors as the 125-pounder placed fifth at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga. Townsell, wrestling in just the third tournament of his collegiate career, upset three top-15 opponents and went 4-2 overall. He knocked-off All-American and third-ranked Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa, 9-7, to reach the quarterfinals. He then took out No. 13 Nathan Kraisser of Campbell, 6-5, to become one of three Cardinal in the semifinals. Townsell, a three-time all-state prep selection in Illinois, capped off his tournament with a 4-3 decision over 12th-ranked Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State, helping Stanford finish 10th as a team.
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