Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - August 8, 2014

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WATER POLO ROSTER . . . The USA Women's Senior National Team announced the 13 athletes that will compete for Team USA at the upcoming FINA World Cup, which begins Tuesday in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Among the players named are Stanford grads Annika Dries and Melissa Seidemann and current Cardinal players Maggie Steffens and Kiley Neushul. Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark was also named to the team, coached by Mountain View native Adam Krikorian. The Americans are the defending champions from 2010 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The United States opens competition with a match against South Africa . . . The Men's Senior team also announced its roster for the FINA World Cup that begins Aug. 19 in Kazakhstan. Stanford seniors Connor Cleary and Alex Bowen and junior Bret Bonanni were named to the squad.

KNIGHTS FUND . . . Nearly two months after the Menlo School boys' tennis team won the NorCal title, they gathered to make one more delivery. This time, they were at Stanford for the Bank of the West Tournament to present a $10,000 check for East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring. On opening night of the tournament, the boys and coach Bill Shine were honored for their ace-athon, a fundraiser based on how many aces the players delivered during the season. Though several Menlo players were on vacation, six were on hand to present the check: Nate Safran, Jake Rudolph, David Roy, Kylee Santos, Michael Quezada and Lane Leschly, who imagined the idea. The boys surpassed their goal of 100 aces with 345 for the season.

TENNIS CHANGES . . . The ITA is inaugurating a new, shorter dual meet format for Division I college tennis beginning in the fall. Highlighting the format changes are switches to no-ad scoring from regular scoring, one set of doubles rather than an 8-game pro set and no warm-up with opponents. Patrick McEnroe, USTA General Manager of Player Development, who played no-ad scoring while at Stanford, supports the format. "This process has been inclusive of input from the college coaches through the ITA, USTA and the NCAA: all parties that have a vested interest in the long-term growth, popularity and relevance of college tennis," McEnroe said. "We should remember that in the 1970s and 1980s, collegiate tennis was producing a significant number of very successful professional players. At that time, no-ad scoring was used. Is change difficult? Yes. Is changing with the times necessary? We say yes."

OAKS REHIRE TUFO . . . The old coach is now the new coach. David Tufo was rehired as an assistant baseball coach at Menlo College. He returns to the school as Jake McKinley's top assistant, a role that includes infielders and team offense. McKinley also announced second-year assistant coach Jason Ochart will assume a full-time role as hitting coach.

THIS AND THAT . . . Stanford sophomore Jordan Morris scored the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute to help the United States Under-23 men's national soccer team beat the host Bahamas senior team, 5-1, in an International Friendly match on Wednesday at the Thompson A. Robinson National Stadium. Morris was also named to the watch list of the men's Hermann Trophy list . . . Two Stanford women players were named to the Hermann Trophy watch list: seniors Lo'eau LaBonta and Taylor Uhl. UCLA senior defender Abby Dahlkemper, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, is also on the list. She was a finalist for last year's award.

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