Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - September 23, 2011

Sports Shorts

CARDINAL CORNER . . . The Pac-12 Conference will remain at a dozen teams as the league's presidents and chancellors voted to reaffirm their decision to stand pat. Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were among those considering a potential move from the Big 12. After expanding from the Pac-10 with new members Utah and Colorado last year, members of the new Pac-12 won't give them the chance. The league already negotiated a landmark 12-year television contract with Fox and ESPN worth about $3 billion. And it appears plenty happy at a dozen . . . Stanford's Sally Watson captured the individual title and Stanford shot a final round 292 on Tuesday to finish second at the Cougar Cup hosted by Washington State. Watson rebounded from an opening-round 79 with rounds of 71 and 70 to win the tournament. She birdied four of the last 12 holes, sinking a 40-foot putt on her final hole to clinch the victory. Her 220 tied the second-lowest total in tournament history.

OAKS' REPORT . . . The Menlo College football team will take its 3-0 record on the road this weekend to face Whitworth University on Saturday in Spokane, Wash. The Oaks are coming off a 41-17 blasting of host Occidental last weekend. Four forced turnovers and a running game that totaled 203 yards was the big difference for Menlo. Sophomore running back Thomas Reynolds ran for a game-high 137 yards while scoring a big second quarter touchdown to put Menlo up 17-7 after going down 7-3 early. Junior wide receiver Robert Adan tossed a 27 yard bomb to fellow receiver Michael Alexander for Menlo's first touchdown. Along with six catches for 62 yards and his fifth receiving touchdown of the season, Adan went 2 for 2 in the passing game. The explosive Oaks' offense which has now scored 97 points in the first three contests was spurred on by a brilliant defense that was the happy recipient of four turnovers, including two interceptions.

LOCAL COLLEGIANS . . . The UC Davis women's volleyball team is off to the best start in program history and Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson is a big part of it.

Whitson, a junior outside hitter, was named Most Valuable Player of the Aggie Invitational last week as she helped her team down Hofstra (3-1), blank Air Force (3-0) and down Seattle (3-1). The Aggies began the week with a 3-2 win over Sacramento State. Whitson had kill-dig double-doubles against Hofstra and Seattle. The Aggies are 15-1 and are on a 10-match winning streak after sweeping host Pacific, 25-23, 25-23, 25-15 on Wednesday night in Stockton. Whitson led the way with 14 kills and hit .522 to help the Aggies open their Big West Conference season. Whitson, who entered this season with 747 career kills, has 223 through the 16 matches thus far. With 970 total, she looks to become the seventh Aggie in program history to surpass 1,000 kills . . . In men's soccer, Palo Alto High grad Jenner Fox ('10) of Yale appeared on the Ivy League soccer Honor Roll for the second week in a row after a goal and an assist in a Yale victory over Quinnipiac University on Sept. 9. Fox also had two goals and two assists on Sept. 18 in a 7-0 drubbing of a Marist College team coming off a four-match win streak . . . In women's volleyball, Castilleja grad Taylor Docter and Gunn grad Teresa Skelly helped Harvard go 1-2 in the Harvard Invitational last weekend. Docter had 13 digs in a 25-12, 25-22, 25-17 win over Holy Cross to open the tourney. Skelly had four blocks in a 3-1 loss to Northeastern, and Docter had nine kills and Skelly five blocks in a 25-17, 25-20, 26-16 loss to Navy as Harvard finished the weekend with a 7-3 overall record . . . In men's water polo, freshman John Holland-McCowan from Menlo School scored three goals for Harvard in a 10-8 loss to Navy's B team during the North-South Tournament last weekend in Annapolis, Md. The Crimson defeated Mercyhurst, 17-8, but fell to Bucknell, 18-8, and Navy B . . . In women's soccer, Sacred Heart Prep grad Lizzy Weisman scored a goal for Harvard in a match against Rhode Island on Sunday. She also assisted on the winning goal against Massachusetts on Sept. 9 and had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Elon on Sept. 4.

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