Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - August 16, 2013

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IN THE RANKINGS . . . Stanford is No. 2 in both the conference and the nation after a pair of coaches polls were released Tuesday. Four-time defending conference champion Stanford was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 behind UCLA, but also was No. 2 in the initial NSCAA/Continental Tire national rankings behind North Carolina and ahead of No. 5 UCLA. In the Pac-12, the Cardinal received five first-place votes to seven for UCLA and was a narrow second to the Bruins in overall points, 117-115. Stanford returns six starters from last year's 21-2-1 team that reached the NCAA College Cup before suffering a 1-0 double-overtime loss to eventual champion North Carolina in a rainy semifinal in San Diego. It was the fifth consecutive College Cup appearance for the Cardinal, which will be seeking a sixth when the final four returns to Cary, N.C., in December. In conference play, Stanford has been perfect the past four seasons and compiled an 11-0 record last year. Stanford owns a 42-match Pac-12 winning streak, the third-longest conference winning streak in NCAA Division I history. North Carolina (1986-94) holds the record of 55, with Florida (1997-2001) next at 49. The Cardinal opens the Pac-12 season on Sept. 28 at Colorado (noon PT) and plays host to UCLA on Oct. 10 in a match televised by the Pac-12 Networks. ... The Stanford women's volleyball team opens the season ranked No. 3 nationally, according to the poll announced Monday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Stanford has appeared in the top 10 of every preseason poll since its inception in 1996. The Cardinal, which received two first-place votes, returns all of its starters from last year's team that went 30-4, captured a Pac-12-best 15th conference title and advanced to the NCAA Berkeley Regional Final. Stanford is one of two teams (with Penn State) to appear in all 32 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournaments. The Cardinal returns 11 letterwinners from the 2012 team, including middle blockers Carly Wopat and Inky Ajanaku, who were both All-Americans last season.

VOTING TIME . . . Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann is among the finalists for Sportswoman of the Year as part of the Women's Sports Foundation's 34th Annual Salute to Women in Sports. The foundation will celebrate achievements of top female athletes and leaders in sport on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Seidemann, who helped the U.S. women's national water polo team to the Olympic hold medal in London in 2012, was named the Cutino award winner as the best college female water polo player in the spring, is one of 14 athletes up for the top honor in two categories: for individual sports and for team aports. Nominations for the Sportswoman of the Year awards are made by sport governing bodies and the public. Sportswoman of the Year finalists can be voted on by the Foundation's Awards Committee and the public (at the WSF website) until 8:59 p.m. (PT) on September 9.

GOLF INVITATION . . . The 10th annual Tony Makjavich Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Shoreline Golf Links Golf Course with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Sign in and lunch at 11:30. Cost is $125.00 before Sept. 15. $150 after. The entry includes green fees, cart, prizes, range balls, lunch and Tri-tip dinner. Sponsorships are $125, which includes tee sign and entry in program. Cost of the banquet ala carte is $35, which includes dinner and raffle. For entry information, contact the Palo Alto Oaks, in care of Steve Espinoza, 1860 Wagner Ave., Mountain View CA 94043

THIS JUST IN . . . Setter James Shaw has been added to the 12-player roster of the U.S. Men's Junior National Team (MJNT) that will compete at the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey beginning Thursday. Shaw, a sophomore at Stanford, replaces Micah Christenson, who is training with the U.S. Men's National Team at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim. "We're looking forward to having James' leadership and international experience on the team," U.S. coach Pete Hanson said. "He's a talented athlete and brings a lot to the table."

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