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Palo Alto grad helps UC Davis win volleyball tournament

 

Palo Alto High graduate Allison Whitson has gotten her junior season off to a good start after helping the UC Davis women's volleyball team win the Hampton Inn & Suites UNC Classic on Saturday in Greeley, Colo.

Whitson, an outside hitter, posted 46 kills with 31 digs and eight blocks while earning Most Valuable Player honors. The Aggies clinched the tourney title as sophomore Devon Damelio tallied 15 kills and recorded six blocks for the second straight match in a 25-15, 26-28, 13-25, 25-21, 16-14 win over host Northern Colorado at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

The Aggies finished the tournament with a 3-0 record, having swept UNLV earlier in the day, 25-16, 25-22, 25-17. The 3-0 start is the program's first of the Division I era. UC Davis next will play in the Golden Hurricane Classic in Tulsa this weekend.

The 6-foot-1 Whitson was an All-Big West Conference first-team selection in 2010, the first Aggie sophomore to do so since 1996. She appeared in all 29 matches and led the team in kills (377) while serving 23 aces. She also had 198 digs and 61 blocks. She led Palo Alto to a SCVAL De Anza Division title in 2009 in her senior year.

Women's golf

Stanford student Michelle Wie just came up short in her bid to win the Canadian Women's Open on Sunday when Brittany Lincicome sank a par putt on the 18th hole in a driving rainstorm to win by one stroke.

Wie, who won this tournament last season, made long putts on the 15th and 17th holes to make it close. She needed a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff, but missed the green on her second shot and wound up with a par.

Wie shot 67-69-68-72 while tying for second with Stacy Lewis. Each earned $177,981.

Track and field

Stanford grad Jill Camarena-Williams made history as the first American medalist in the women's shot put at the World Championships as she took the bronze medal on Monday in Daegu, South Korea.

Camarena-Williams, who lives in Tucson, Ariz., earned her medal with a mammoth put of 65-8 1/4 on her fourth attempt. That was her second-best performance ever, second only to her American record set earlier this season.

"This is an incredible feeling!" Camerana-Williams said. "We knew that 20 meters was gonna place' we just didn't know how high. It's been a great season, and this tops it off!

The previous best finish by an American in the women's shot put at the World Championships was a fifth from now-head coach Connie Price-Smith in 1997.

"It was so close through all the rounds," Camarena-Williams said. "Everybody was passing each other.

"I think I was trying to do too much (in the first three rounds). I just told myself that this is a new set of throws in the finals, and I told myself just to slooooooowww down. I was trying to be a bat out of hell in the first three rounds, and when I try to speed up, it breaks down my technique. After the third round, I re-focused and got my 20 meters on my first one and held on. It has been an amazing season, a big builder going into next year."

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