Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 28, 2011

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CARDINAL HONORS . . .

Stanford's three senior women's volleyball players have all earned All-America honors by Volleyball Magazine. Alix Klineman, the Player of the Year, was named to the first team, while Gabi Ailes and Cassidy Lichtman were selected to the second team. Klineman becomes the ninth Stanford player to garner National Player of the Year honors. She is a four-time Vollyeball Magazine and AVCA All-American. Ailes picks up her second career honor from Volleyball Magazine, while Lichtman is being recognized for the first time by the publication . . . Stanford junior Bradley Klahn is off to a good start on his way to defending his NCAA singles title. On Monday, Klahn was named the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week. Klahn took home singles and doubles titles on Jan. 17 at the Sherwood Cup, completing an impressive tournament weekend heading into dual- match season. He defeated USC's Steve Johnson, 6-2, 6-4, in the championship match, winning the Sherwood Cup singles title for the second straight season . . . The Stanford women's basketball team is sitting alone atop the Pac-10 Conference standings this week, due in part to a big week turned in by senior Kayla Pedersen during a sweep of UCLA and USC. Pedersen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. She averaged 17.0 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 63.2 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from behind the arc as No. 4 Stanford first handed No. 8 UCLA its first conference loss before routing USC. The announcement marks the fourth time that Pedersen has earned the conference's weekly honor in her career, and third time this season for the Cardinal, following Jeanette Pohlen (Jan. 3) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Jan. 17) . . . Stanford senior Shelley Alexander was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week on Tuesday and sophomore Ashley Morgan earned Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors for their efforts in leading the No. 2 Cardinal to a dual-meet victory over UCLA on Sunday. Alexander anchored Stanford's balance beam lineup with a score of 9.925 to give the Cardinal momentum in its effort to overtake UCLA on the final rotation. Alexander tied her career-best on her winning beam routine and also captured the all-around victory (39.350) as Stanford improved to 7-0 on the season with its second triumph over the defending national champion Bruins in two meets. Morgan wowed added difficulty to her floor routine, with a double Arabian on her tumbling pass. Her score of 9.925 anchored Stanford's floor lineup and enabled the Cardinal to beat the defending national champion. Morgan has scored 9.925 in both meets this season and her scoring average leads the nation. Stanford (7-0) is at No. 4 Utah for a meet Friday night.

COACHING CORNER . . . A girls' lacrosse coach is needed at Menlo-Atherton High. Those interested should contact M-A athletic director Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org

 

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