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Stanford tennis players will have busy summer

Klahn, Barte and Burdette sisters named to USTA Summer Collegiate Team

Stanford junior Bradley Klahn begins his summer vacation on Monday, if you can call it that. Klahn is in Boca Raton, Fla., but he's hardly sunning himself on the beach. Instead, he's participating in a USTA Pro Tour Transition camp, which runs through Thursday.

The men's camp is being held on clay courts while a women's came, which runs July 27-July 1, will be held on hard courts in Boca Raton. Participating in that camp will be Stanford's Lindsay and Mallory Burdette plus Hilary Barte.

All four Stanford players are among a group of the top 25 men's and women's college players named to the USTA Summer Collegiate Team, which is an elite training program fro the top American college players. The program is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the summer months.

Klahn qualified by winning the men's singles title at the NCAA Championships this spring. Barte and Lindsay Burdette earned a trip by winning the NCAA doubles title.

The top six American players from the season-ending ITA national singles and doubles rankins were eligible for automatic selection. The remaining players on each team were selected by USTA Player Development staff in conjunction with USTA National Coaches and current collegiate coaches.

Barte is making her third appearance on the team while Linsday Burdette joins the team for a second straight year.

Other former Stanford players who have participated in this program include Bob and Mike Bryan, Laura Granville and Sam Warburg.

Women's gymnastics

One of Australia's top gymnasts, Olympian Shona Morgan, a native of Melbourne, has joined the Stanford program and will compete on the team starting in 2010-11.

Morgan, no relation to current Stanford gymnast Ashley Morgan, is an accomplished gymnast -- winning six gold medals over the past three Australian national championships while also competing in the 2008 Olympics.

"I am so excited that Shona will be joining us this fall," said Stanford coach Kristen Smyth. "She rounds out a stellar class for 2010. Shona is a world-class athlete with extensive international experience.

"She is fantastic on all four events but really shines on vault and beam. She is a confident competitor and her routines are packed with difficulty. She brings maturity and international flavor to our program and the collegiate gymnastics community."

At this year's Australian championships, she medaled in all five disciplines, winning gold in both the uneven bar and vault, while finishing as a runnerup in both the all-around and balance beam. She was third in the floor exercise for the second time in her career.

In 2009, Morgan won three golds -- in the all- around, uneven bar and balance beam, and finished second in the vault, earning her the honor of Senior International Victorian state champion.

Three years ago in 2008, in her second national championship, she won the balance beam for the first of two consecutive years and won a silver in the all around and uneven bar. She was also third in the floor exercise.

After moving up from the junior circuit in 2007, Morgan began her national championship run with a third place finish in the balance beam. In four seasons, Morgan racked up 14 medals, finishing first or second 11 times.

At the Olympics in 2008, Morgan was Australia's highest-contributing scorer and second-highest finisher in the all around, placing 15th for the sixth-place Aussies. Also in 2008, she won the all-around, balance beam, floor exercise and vault at the Golden State Classic in Sacramento.

Morgan also completed at the 2007 World Championships in Germany, placing as high as 21st in the balance beam as Australia was 11th.

Morgan continues to be a member of Australia's Senior National Team.

Morgan joins Lucy Meyer (St. Paul, MN), Lauren Caldemeyer (Indianapolis, IN), Amanda Spinner (Danville, CA) and Kristina Vaculik (Oshawa, Canada) as part of next year's highly touted freshman class.

Women's volleyball

Stanford alums Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza have helped lead the United States National Team to a 3-0 start at the IX Pan America Cup in Tijuana and Rosarita, Mexico. The U.S. first swept Peru, 27-25, 25-22, 25-17, on Friday before downing Puerto Rico, 25-13, 25-17, 25-14, on Saturday and toppling Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday, 25-17, 25-9, 15-11.

The U.S., grouped in Pool B, continues action on Monday with a match against Costa Rica in Rosarita.

Against previously unbeaten Trinidad & Tobago, Barboza scored nine kills on 16 errorless swings for a .563 hitting efficiency. Akinradewo converted four of six attempts into kills for a .667 hitting percentage. She also had a block as the U.S. outblocked Trinidad, 9-2.

Against Peru, Akinradewo recorded seven kills on 10 attacks with no errors, as well as two blocks and an ace. Fellow Cardinal alum Ogonna Nnamani added a kill for the U.S., joining Barboza as subs off the bench in the first two sets. Team USA out-blocked Peru 11-4 for the match, while holding a 3-1 advantage in aces and 44-37 margin in kills.

In the Puerto Rico match, Akinradewo tallied 10 kills on 14 attacks with no errors, while adding two blocks and an ace for the USA. Barboza was a sub in the second set. Team USA out-blocked Puerto Rico 13-3 for the match and held a 3-1 advantage in aces. The U.S. also had a 41-33 advantage in kills.

The Americans had just five hitting errors, while Puerto Rico had 23 hitting errors to go with six service errors for 29 total errors.

The Americans conclude pool play against tournament host Mexico on Tuesday in Tijuana. The Pan American Cup is a qualifying event into the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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