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Stanford's Ahn is ITA Senior Player of the Year

Stanford's Kristie Ahn has been named the 2014 ITA Senior Player of the Year in Division I women's tennis by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.


Ahn led the Cardinal back to the NCAA semifinals this season after clinching the 2013 NCAA Championship match against Texas A&M. Regarded as her team's leader and emotional anchor, Ahn is ranked No. 3 in the ITA Singles Rankings and No. 10 in doubles with partner Carol Zhao.

Ahn won the 2013 USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships and is 27-3 this season, with two of her three losses coming to the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players in the country. Ahn is a three-time ITA All-American who provides leadership to her team. She has shown great resilience on court, having never suffered back-to-back losses in her entire collegiate career.

Also, the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame will induct seven new members on Wednesday at the 2014 ITA Men's Collegiate Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet. The banquet will be held during NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Tennis Championships held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

Among the group of inductees is Stanford graduate Alex Kim, who was a two-time ITA All-American. He was also named an All-Pac-10 honoree three times, including being the 2000 Pac-10 co-Player of the Year with teammate Geoff Abrams, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, and part of the 2001 Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year with K.J. Hippensteel.

Kim twice won at least 20 singles matches in a season, and finished his career with a total of 78 wins, which is seventh in the history of Stanford men's tennis. He won the NCAA Singles Championship to close out his junior year in 2000. Alex was a part of two USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships and two NCAA Team Championships (1998 and 2000).

 

Football

Seniors-to-be Jordan Richards and Wayne Lyons have been named nominees for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, as announced recently by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy goes to the college football defensive player who has the biggest IMPACT on his team both on and off the field. 

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with a dozen nominees, as Richards and Lyons are two of the 14 defensive backs on the list. Stanford's Ed Reynolds was a semifinalist for award in 2013.

Men's golf

Stanford senior Cameron Wilson has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 Men's At-Large First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Wilson, a history major from Rowayton, Conn., was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award (won by teammate Patrick Rodgers) and carries a 3.40 grade-point average. He is ranked second in the Golfstat rankings and fifth by Golfweek/Sagarin. He corralled his first two collegiate wins this season, opening the campaign with a victory at the Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields and then taking medalist honors at the Western Intercollegiate this spring. For the year, he placed among the top 15 in all 10 events, with six of those finishes in the top five.

The first-team All-Pac-12 selection carded a season average of 69.85 and helped lead Stanford to its first conference title in two decades followed by the team title at the NCAA West Regional last weekend in Eugene, Ore.

Softball

Stanford's Leah White and Erin Ashby earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-West Region honors, as announced by the organization. White was selected as an outfielder to the second team, while Ashby received third-team recognition at second base. It is the third consecutive second-team honor for White and the first for Ashby.

White had a terrific junior season while leading Stanford in hits (62) and ranking second in batting average (.356), runs (42) and on-base percentage (.441). White excelled against Pac-12 opponents, leading the Cardinal in batting average (.350), runs (20), hits (28) and total bases (42). She was selected to the All-Pac-12 Second Team earlier.

Ashby improved her numbers for the third consecutive year and excelled against conference competition. The junior led Stanford with a .489 on-base percentage, .552 slugging percentage and 18 walks, and was second on the team with a .343 batting average against Pac-12 opponents. She hit .342 with six home runs, seven doubles, 36 RBI, a .533 slugging percentage and .440 on-base percentage on the season.

Swimming

Stanford national champion Maya DiRado was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced. DiRado advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced the first week of June.

DiRado, a management science and engineering major with a 3.63 grade-point average, was one of 11 honorees on the District 8 first team. She is joined by fellow Stanford student-athletes Hope Burke (field hockey) and Shona Morgan (gymnastics).

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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