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Stanford's Dries is nation's top female water polo player

Yun named men's golf All-American; Burroughs nabs sailing honor

Stanford sophomore Annika Dries was awarded the Peter J. Cutino Award, given annually to the top collegiate women's water polo player in the nation, the Olympic Club announced.

Dries is the third Stanford player to earn the women's award, joining Jackie Frank (2003) and Brenda Villa (2002).

Teammate Melissa Seidemann was among the four finalists with Dries. California's Emily Csikos and USC's Kristen Dronberger were also included.

Dries, currently with the U.S. National Team that will comptete at the FINA World League Super Finals next week in China, was instrumental in Stanford's run to the NCAA title in 2011. She led the team with 58 goals while picking up the MPSF Player of the Year and National Collegiate Championship Most Outstanding Player awards. She scored five goals in the Cardinal's 9-5 national title game victory over California

Softball

Stanford All-American shortstop Ashley Hansen is one of four nominees for the 2010-11 Honda Sports Award for softball, as announced by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards.

Last week, Hansen was named the 2011 ASA/USA Softball National Player of the Year and a First Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American. The junior became the first national player of the year for Stanford softball and picked up her second career All-America honors.

The 2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Hansen led the nation in doubles per game (0.45) and ranked third in batting average (.495). The Chandler, Ariz., native leads the conference in batting average, on-base percentage (.558), hits (95) and doubles (25). She finished her third season on The Farm with 29 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games. She struck out just five times all season, making her the third toughest player in the nation to strikeout.

Hansen also set Stanford single season records for hits (95), batting average (.495) and slugging percentage (.797), while ranking in the top-10 with 25 doubles (2nd) and 51 runs scored (t7th).

Hansen joins Kelsey Bruder (Florida), Jolene Henderson (California) and Chelsea Thomas (Missouri) as the four candidates for the award. The winner after nationwide balloting will become a candidate for The Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

In addition to the honor of being selected as a candidate, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university. The winner's program will receive $5,000.

B Men's golf==

Stanford sophomore Andrew Yun, who posted seven top-five finishes among his 11 events this year, has been named a PING First Team All-American as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Yun was Stanford's top finisher in nine of the team's 11 events this past season and won his first collegiate title at The Prestige at PGA West, one of his seven top-five finishes on the year.

A first team All-Pac-10 selection, Yun was also a semifinalist for the Hogan Award, which honors the top player in collegiate golf.

Women's volleyball

Stanford women's volleyball coach John Dunning announced Monday that Lauren Birks of San Diego, Morgan Boukather of Newport Beach and MacKenzie Gilbert of Encinitas will join the Cardinal in the fall.

Birks is a 6-foot outside hitter/defensive specialist and a member of the two-time state champion La Jolla Country Day School.

Boukather, a three-year starter at Corona del Mar High, is a 6-1 outside hitter. She helped lead her team to three straight Pacific Coast League Championships and three consecutive CIF state semifinalist finishes.

Gilbert is a 5-7 libero/defensive specialist out of Santa Fe Christian High School. She helped lead her team to two state championships (2007-08), two Southern California regional titles (2007-08) and three consecutive Coastal League North championships (2007-09).

Stanford is heading on a goodwill tour of China later this month.

Sailing

Stanford senior Hannah Burroughs was named an All-American by the Inter Collegiate Sailing Association, completing a strong career for the Rhode Island native.

Burroughs crewed the B Division team at the coed national championships to a 13th place finish, completing a career that saw her earn back-to-back All-Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference honors as a sophomore and junior as a skipper, before moving over to the crew her final season.

During her career, the Stanford team has sailed at the national championships in each of her four seasons. Twice during her career she was named sailor of the week by the PCCSC.

Burroughs is the 15th All-American crew member for the Cardinal since 1984 and first since Castilleja grad Kelly McKenna was a three-time All-American from 2007-09.

— Stanford Sports Information

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