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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Local athletes to have a say in Olympic gold medal quest

Stanford senior Maggie Steffens remembers her older teammates guiding her through the ordeal of preparing for the Olympics. Now an elder stateswoman of the team, she's helping guide the new faces as the United States women's Olympic water polo team prepares to defend its gold medal in Rio.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Olympic coach on familiar ground at Avery Aquatic Center

Before U.S. Olympic women's water polo coach Adam Krikorian won any national titles at UCLA, and before he coached the Americans to a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, he was just a kid from Mountain View playing club water polo at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.

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Palo Alto's Zhang looks to bring home a medal from Rio

If it wasn't for a certain laundry room at Stanford University, Lily Zhang, the highest-ranked women's table tennis player in the United States, might not be where she is today.

Friday, 11:34 AM | 1 comment
'Scary depth' to help Stanford football program stay on top

Stanford lost quite a few key contributors off last year's juggernaut of a team that capped a 12-2 season with a 45-16 romp over Iowa in the Rose Bowl.

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Bro will be swimming in Rio with more than a medal at stake

Stanford sophomore Brickelle Bro's journey began with a scrapbook. It continues with her second trip to the Paralympics and beyond. She sees the future with a perspective that anything is possible.

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Stanford fencer Alexander Massialas taking world's top ranking to Rio

For Alexander Massialas, the Olympics have flowed through his blood since an early age. Considering his father, Greg, was a three-time Olympic fencer for the United States, it's easy to see.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Gunn grad ready to vault onto men's gymnastics stage

Stanford men's gymnastics added three to its incoming freshman class led by Gunn High grad Eric Vincent, a member of the Stanford boys gymnastics club. He's joined by Ben LeRoy and Ben Swartout and an already impressive group of incoming freshmen.

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Cardinal beach volleyball team earns AVCA academic honors

Stanford was one of six beach volleyball teams recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as a recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award.

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Stanford's Ahn advances at Kentucky Bank tennis championships

Stanford grad Kristie Ahn defeated Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, in the opening round of the $50,000 ITF Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington and was scheduled to meet Belguim's Greet Minnen in Thursday's second round at the University of Kentucky.

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The "Rumble to Rio" turned into an Olympic celebration

USA water polo
The United States women's Olympic water polo team made it a special night, beating Russia, 16-7, in the "Rumble to Rio," at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center on Wednesday night before a packed house.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Greyhounds Brewer excels at javelin at USA Junior Olympics

East Palo Alto Greyhounds' Sofia Brewer threw the javelin 56-7 to finish third in the 8U girls division of the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics at Sacramento State on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Chan earns 3,030 points in heptathlon at junior championships

Peninsula Flyers Alexandra Chan finished 16th overall with 3,030 points in the heptathlon at the USA junior track and field Olympics Tuesday at Sacramento State.

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Stanford 14U boys team in final four a third straight year

Hayden Aliaga and Hudson Pak each scored two goals but the Stanford 14U A boys water polo team fell to Vanguard, 10-6, in the third-place game of the USA Junior Olympics Tuesday at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Club.

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Winning the title was worth the wait for Stanford boys

JO water polo
The Stanford 16U boys water polo team celebrated a championship two years in the making. The squad scored four times in the third period to take control of its 13-7 victory over SHAQ in the championship game of the USA Junior Olympics at Stanford on Tuesday.

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Stanford men's basketball gets Pac-12 schedule, sort of

Cardinal corner
Stanford men's basketball got its Pac-12 Conference schedule, sort of, on Tuesday. Home-away designations are set for each week, though exact dates and order of opponents within each five-day window will be announced once television selections are completed.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Bryan Brothers, Williams sisters look to defend gold at Rio

Reigning Olympic doubles champions Serena and Venus Williams and Bob and Mike Bryan lead a talented squad of 12 players who qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team.

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USA women's volleyball a finalist for Best of the Month

The U.S. women's national volleyball team is one of three team finalists for the Team USA Awards Best of July. The U.S. captured the silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix, the premier annual international women's volleyball tournament.

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Stanford club 16U and 14U teams in the JO semifinals

At the end of the day, the Stanford 16U and 14U A club water polo teams ended up right where they wanted, with a berth in the championship semifinals of the USA Junior National Olympics tournament. It just took an extra game to get there.

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Stanford gymnast Frowein earns postgraduate scholarship

Of local note
Stanford women's gymnast Jenna Frowein was one of 23 student-athletes to earn a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship, as announced Monday by the conference.

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Stanford club teams in line for JO national water polo titles

It might be a little tough for fans of the Stanford water polo club boys 14U teams to catch both teams in action on Monday even though they will be playing at different times. There's a good reason to want to see both teams play: both reached the national semifinal round of the USA Junior National Olympics tournament in the championship division.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Johanna Konta upsets Venus Williams in Bank of the West final

Johanna Konta won her first WTA championship Sunday with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 win over Venus Williams in the Bank of the West singles final in front of a crowd of 2,268 at Stanford.

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Neushul's hat trick helps U.S. women top Russia in water polo

Stanford grad Kiely Neushul recorded a hat trick and Maddie Musselman added three goals as the United States women's water polo team thumped Russia, 15-7, Sunday at UCLA as part of the Send-off to Rio series.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Venus Williams meets Konta for the Bank of the West Classic title

Venus Williams willed herself into the finals of the Bank of the West Classic on Saturday night, beating fellow American Alison Riske, 6-1, 7-6 (2), even as she seemed to be struggling.

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Cardinal incoming freshman Lee is runner-up at USGA junior nationals

Of local note
Stanford incoming freshman Andrea Lee fell, 4 and 2, to Korean Eun Jeong Seong in the championship match of the U.S. Girls junior nationals at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey on Saturday.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Bellis learns a thing or two about tennis from Venus

CiCi Bellis learned a lot of lessons at the Bank of the West Classic. It looks like she's going to be learning a lot more on the campus after officially committing to Stanford.

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Stanford grad Press helps USA win in women's soccer match

Stanford grad Christen Press scored a goal and the United States women's Olympic soccer team beat Costa Rica, 4-0, on Friday night in Kansas City, KN. It was Team USA's final tune-up before traveling to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Team USA women beat Russia in send-off water polo series

Maddie Musselman scored six times in front of a sold-out crowd at Cathedral Catholic High in San Diego Thursday night and the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team beat Russia, 16-5, in the first of a three-game set that concludes non-Olympic competition.

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Stanford golf recruit to play for girls junior title

Of local note
Incoming Stanford freshman Andrea Lee defeated top-seeded Hye-Jin Choi of South Korea, 1-up, in the semifinals of the U.S. Girls Junior Golf Championships at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. on Friday.

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Utsumi brings attention to women's water polo history

Kyle Utsumi, who will begin a new chapter in his life this fall as an eighth-grade teacher at Woodside Priory, completed another chapter recently by detailing the rise of the sport and what it took to bring it to the attention of the American public in his book, "Sydney's Silver Lining."

Friday, 2:52 PM | 2 comments
Former Stanford football coach Green passes away

Dennis Green, Stanford's head football coach from 1989-91 and a member of the Cardinal staff for six seasons, died Thursday night at the age of 67. "Stanford football will miss Coach Green and forever be grateful," Cardinal coach David Shaw said.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thompson won't return to Stanford women's basketball team

Stanford guard Lili Thompson will not play for the Stanford women's basketball team in her senior year at the school according to a report in the Mercury-News filed Thursday.

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Bellis makes it to the quarterfinal round at Bank of the West Classic

CiCi Bellis continued her run through the Bank of the West Classic, beating fellow American Sachia Vickery, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, Thursday in the second round at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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Olympics bring different tennis personalities, talents together

Although the Bank of the West Classic brings a wide variety of professional women's tennis players to the courts at Stanford University, the top four seed players for the event all had one thing in common: a mindset for the upcoming Rio Olympics.

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For ex-Stanford player Markisha Coleman, basketball is still central

Markisha Coleman remains immersed in basketball, as a player, a coach, a mentor and volunteer. Playing in the San Francisco Women's Pro-Am keeps her involved and in shape. She's also making an impact as a coach at Menlo-Atherton.

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SJSU's Hardee introduced as Menlo College softball coach

Menlo College Director of Athletics Keith Spataro introduced Christen Hardee as the ninth softball coach in Menlo College history, which dates to 1991.

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English rugby club to hold an event in East Palo Alto

Of local note
The Harlequin Football Club, a rugby team based in London, will make an appearance at Rich May Field in East Palo Alto on Monday, August 1, 2016 between 4 pm and 7 pm., which includes a series of clinics divided by age.

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Venus Williams wins a tough match at the Bank of the West Classic

Venus Williams found a third gear in her third set Wednesday and staved off an upset bid by Magda Linette to capture a 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2 victory in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gunn grad Acker honored as Pac-12 Woman of the Year

Gunn grad Rachael Acker was named Pac-12 Conference Woman of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced. Acker, who swam for California the past four years, becomes the Conference's candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year

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Sullivan, Campbell on women's soccer Hermann Trophy watch list

Cardinal corner
Stanford senior goalkeeper Jane Campbell and junior midfielder Andi Sullivan were named to the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the highest honor in collegiate soccer.

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Woods to miss PGA Championship and the rest of the season

Stanford product Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship and will sit out the remainder of the PGA Tour season, it was learned Wednesday.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Atherton's Bellis beats sixth seed, advances to second round

Bank of the West Classic
Atherton's Catherine 'CiCi' Bellis, overcome by blissful emotion, nearly broke down as she addressed the crowd at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center after beating sixth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, 6-4, 6-4, on Tuesday night in a first round match of the Bank of the West Classic.

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A busy track and field week ahead for the Peninsula Flyers

Menlo School sophomore Alexandra Chan will be a little busy next week. If everything goes according to schedule, she'll be competing in at least one event a day at the USATF National Olympic Track and Field Championships to be held at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State, beginning Monday and running through Sunday, July 31.

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Stanford soccer player heads to U20 men's tourney in Spain

Stanford sophomore Amir Bashti was one of 22 players called in by U.S. Under-19 men's national team head coach Brad Friedel for the 33rd International U-20 Men's COTIF Tournament, set to take place Wednesday thru August 5 in Valencia, Spain.

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U.S. women in final home water polo matches before Rio

The United States Olympic women's water polo team meets Russia in its final three games before departing for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for the Olympic Games, where the Americans hope to defend their gold medal from the 2012 London Games. The match at Stanford is sold out.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Gibbs outlasts Zhao in a match between Stanford tennis aces

Nicole Gibbs and Carol Zhao each spent a lot of time on the courts at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center the past decade and when they met as opponents for the first time Monday night, they played like they never wanted to leave.

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Palo Alto girl competing with 13-15 national synchro team

Palo Alto High incoming freshman Chesnie Cheung will be part of the United States 13-15 National Synchronized Swimming Team 1 that will compete at the Mediterranean Cup in Netanya, Israel beginning Thursday.

Monday, 5:41 PM | 1 comment
Stanford grad Vincent is named to the MLS all-star team

Of local note
Former Stanford All-American and current Chicago Fire defender Brandon Vincent was selected for the AT&T MLS All-Star Gameday Roster by MLS All-Star head coach Dominic Kinnear, it was announced Sunday.

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Stanford women take the title in US Open of Water Polo

Jamie Neushul was named MVP in helping Stanford beat SoCal Gold, 15-3, Sunday in the championship game of the US Open of Water Polo in Irvine.

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Stanford grad Fedronic off and running, all the way to Rio

2016 Olympics
Justine Fedronic had the breakthrough she'd been waiting for in June during a track and field competition in Atlanta. She ran the 800 meters in 1:59.86 -- her first time under 2:00.

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Stanford grad McLachlin finds bronze on beach volleyball tour

Stanford grad Spencer McLachlin and teammate Miles Evans, a UC Santa Barbara grad, earned their highest beach volleyball finish of the season Sunday, finishing third on the NORCECA Continental Tour in Varadero, Cuba.

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Four qualifiers joined the main draw of the Bank of the West Classic

Two American players, Asia Muhammad and Sachia Vickery, qualified for the main draw of the Bank of the West Classic by winning matches on Sunday. Four players punched their tickets through the weekend qualifying draw.

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