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Four Stanford women named to World University Games team

 

The success enjoyed by the Stanford women's water polo team this season, which included winning the NCAA title, continues to pay off with Cardinal players being recognized for national teams.

Stanford will have four representatives on the roster and coaching staff of the USA World University Games Team, USA Water Polo announced Thursday.

Cardinal players include Alyssa Lo, Pallavi Menon and Amber Oland. All three made the final roster, while associate head coach Susan Ortwein will serve on USA head coach Matt Anderson's staff.

Also named to the team was Sacred Heart Prep grads Caroline (KK) Clark of UCLA and Adriana Vogt of San Jose State, plus Kimberly Benedetti (Loyola Marymount) and Cassie Wyckoff (Indiana), both of the Stanford Water Polo Foundation.

The 2011 World University Games are set to take place from August 11-23 in Shenzhen, China. The U.S. has been placed in Group B with Australia, France, Russia and Mexico. The Americans will open up tournament play Aug. 12 against Australia.

Oland just concluded her Stanford career with the 2011 national title this past season. The Santa Ana native played in 20 matches in 2011, averaging 7.80 saves per game while finishing among the MPSF's leaders with a 4.96 goals-against average. She was named to the All-MPSF Second Team.

Lo, who will enter her senior season in 2012, finished third on the team with 42 goals in '11 while earning All-MPSF honorable mention. She also posted seven hat tricks on the year, including a five-goal effort against Iona in the National Collegiate Championship quarterfinals.

Menon scored 34 goals for the Cardinal in 2011, fifth-best on the team. The Palo Alto native scored nine times over Stanford's first four games, and netted six goals in the Cardinal's MPSF third-place game victory over San Jose State on May 1.

Ortwein was named to the team's coaching staff in July 2010, and is joined by UCLA's Brandon Brooks on the staff of Anderson, head coach at Michigan.

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