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Stanford women finish fifth at Pac-10 golf championships

 

The Stanford women's golf team recorded its highest finish at the Pac-10 championships in 10 years, placing fifth at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe after shooting a final-round score of 304 on Tuesday.

The Cardinal completed the three-day tournament with a score of 884, 20 strokes behind first place USC. Arizona (869) was second, followed by UCLA (873) and California (880).

Sally Watson led Stanford with a 12th-place finish, recording a three-round total of 219. Freshman Marissa Mar was 13th with a 220.

Stanford was a co-leader with USC following the first round and was tied with Arizona for second following Monday's round.

USC's Sophia Popov won the individual title in a playoff over UCLA's Tiffany Lua. Both players finished at 210 for the tournament after matching final-round scores of 70. Popov claimed the title on the first playoff hole with a par on the 18th hole.

Stanford awaits its postseason fate for NCAA Regional competition, which begins on May 5 at a site to be determined.

Men's tennis

Eighth-ranked Stanford recorded its ninth-straight victory, beating visiting BYU, 7-0, in a nonconference match Tuesday.

The Cardinal (4-1 in the Pac-10, 17-5 overall) completes its regular season Saturday, hosting California at 1 p.m.

Stanford won the doubles point and then swept the singles matches, all but one in straight sets against the WAC-leading Cougars.

Menlo School grad Jamin Ball has put together a nice run of late, winning his third-straight match. Ball won at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-2.

Softball

Jenna Becerra hit a two-run home run and Stanford won its seventh straight, beating host Pacific, 6-1, in a nonconference game Tuesday.

The 11th-ranked Cardinal (5-4, 31-8) travels to Berkeley for a three-game Pac-10 series beginning Thursday at 3 p.m.

Michelle Prong added two hits and drove in two runs for Stanford, which finds itself in a four-way tie for third place in the conference standings.

California (5-4, 28-8), UCLA (5-4, 29-9), and Washington (5-4, 30-6) are also in that group. Arizona (7-2, 36-8) holds a one-game lead over Arizona State (6-3, 39-5) for first place.

Women's soccer

Three Stanford players have been invited to United States National Team camps, beginning this weekend: junior Camille Levin and sophomore Mariah Nogueira with the Under-23's and freshman goalkeeper Emily Oliver with the U-20's.

Both Levin and Nogueira are headed to camp as defenders. Levin began last season as an outside back before moving to forward. Nogueira has been a fixture at defensive midfielder since her arrival at Stanford.

Levin and Nogueira may face Oliver when the U-23's scrimmage the U-20's, which will hold their training camp concurrently at the same site, on April 27. The U-23's also play semipro sides Ajax of Los Angeles (April 29) and the Orange County Waves (April 30).

Oliver is one of three goalkeepers and among 26 players altogether who have been called into the U-20 camp.

The U-20's still are early in their preparations for qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be held in Uzbekistan.

Stanford junior midfielder Teresa Noyola and sophomore defender Alina Garciamendez are in Mexico with the full Mexican national team and have been participating in periodic camps and matches in preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup to be played June 26-July 17 in Germany.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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