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Stanford volleyball players earn All-American honors

Stanford sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat were recognized as All-America honorable mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, which announced its selections Wednesday.

Williams, an outside hitter, led the Cardinal with 4.32 kills per set (fifth in the Pac-12) and 4.96 points per set (fifth in the Pac-12). She led the conference this season, along with teammate Karissa Cook, with 20 double-doubles and registered eight 20-plus kills matches.

An AVCA All-Pacific Region and an All-Pac-12 selection, Williams established career highs with 24 kills and 22 digs against Duke in the Stanford Invitational. She was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after wins over Penn State and Florida in the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic. She was named the MVP of the Stanford Invitational and Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic, as well as being named to the Rice Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Wopat, a middle blocker, led the Pac-12 and ranked second nationally in blocks per set (1.63). She was third in the conference with a .383 hitting percentage.

An AVCA All-Pacific Region and an All-Pac-12 Conference pick, Wopat was second on the team with 3.16 kills and 4.08 points per set. She earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, becoming the first player to garner both accolades this season. She posted a career high 22 kills versus Cal in the regular season finale, and recorded a career-best 13 blocks against Sacred Heart in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Baseball

Stanford third baseman Stephen Piscotty was named a first team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association on Wednesday after leading the Cardinal and the Cape Cod League in hitting this past year.

Piscotty's .364 average ranked second in the Pac-10. He also drove in 39 runs and scored 35 times as the team's starting third baseman. His 16 doubles ranked fifth in the conference. During the summer he hit a Cape Cod-best .349 during the regular season, while also getting two hits in the All Star Game. He also had a 1.69 ERA in five relief appearances.

Piscotty is one of six Stanford players ranked by Baseball America in its early "top college draft picks," settling in at No. 14. Projected Friday night starter, RHP Mark Appel is the publication's projected No. 1 pick, while infielder Kenny Diekroeger (No. 17) and returning weekend starter, LHP Brett Mooneyham (No. 31) are also in the top 40. Two-sport standout Tyler Gaffney (No. 54) and two-year starting center fielder Jake Stewart (No. 86) are also on the list.

Stanford, which reached the NCAA Super Regional at North Carolina last season, returns seven of its eight position players and a majority of its pitching staff excluding four drafted pitchers.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

Comments

Posted by John R. Grout, a resident of another community
on Dec 15, 2011 at 7:34 am

Carly should have been a first-team or second-team All-American.

Potential explanations have been discussed extensively on Volleytalk, an online bulletin board which is searchable by Google.


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