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Stanford women take golf show on the road for NCAA regional

 

The 24th-ranked Stanford women's golf team found out on Monday afternoon that it was headed to the NCAA Central Regional.

Senior golfer Piper Miller celebrated by singing the national anthem before the Cardinal baseball game against California on Monday night.

Stanford is seeded eighth in the 24-team regional, to be played at the Warren Golf Course in South Bend beginning May 5. UCLA is the region's top seed,

Sophomore Kristina Wong is familiar with the course, having shot rounds of 71 and 72 there during last year's U.S. Women's Public Links Championship.

The top eight teams, along with the top two individual golfers not on a qualifying team, advance to the NCAA championships at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

Stanford finished fifth at last week's Pac-10 championships and placed sixth in last year's NCAA tournament.

Women's water polo

Stanford junior Melissa Seidemann was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mikasa Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.

Seidemann, who won the honor for the second time in her career, became Stanford's fourth player to earn the weekly honor this season.

Seidemann recorded her fifth hat trick of the season Friday night in top-ranked Stanford's 17-5 victory over visiting San Jose State. Seidemann is second on the team with 40 goals.

Men's golf

Stanford hosts the Pac-10 Conference championships beginning Friday at the Stanford Golf Course.

The conference tournament features five teams ranked among Golfweek Sagarin's Top 25, including No. 3 UCLA and the 20th-ranked Cardinal.

Stanford's Andrew Yun ranks second nationally and UCLA's Patrick Cantlay is third. Cal's Eric Mina is the defending conference champion.

"We are honored to host the premier conference championship in collegiate golf at Stanford Golf Course," said Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "Stanford Golf Course will provide an amazing test of golf for a very talented field. Competition will be fierce."

Stanford last won a conference title in 1994.

Softball

Stanford takes a short break from the rigors of the Pac-10 Conference to travel to UC Davis for a nonconference contest Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The 10th-ranked Cardinal (32-10) split four games last week, beating Pacific and going 1-2 against California.

Stanford owns a pair of victories over the Aggies this season but both were competitive. Stanford won, 5-3 and 4-3, the earlier contests at home.

Cardinal shortstop Ashley Hansen ranks third in the nation with a .504 batting average and leads the nation with 19 doubles in 38 games. She also ranks third in the nation as the toughest to strikeout. She's been caught twice in 121 at bats.

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