Stanford sophomore Wopat proves versatile in volleyball


Stanford sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat, after spending part of her summer with the United States' women's junior national volleyball team, continues to grow her resume in a positive direction.

Wopat was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after helping the seventh-ranked Cardinal (10-3, 4-3 in the Pac-12) win a pair of home matches. She became the first conference player to earn both the Offensive and Defensive weekly awards in the same year.

Wopat, who earned her defensive honor in early September, hit a combined .502 in wins over Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Sunday. She averaged 3.71 kills and 2.00 blocks per set.

Against the Sun Devils, Wopat was 12 of 21 in total kills attempts, committing a single error for a .524 hitting percentage. She added five blocks.

In the win over the Wildcats, Wopat tied career highs with 14 kills and nine blocks, while hitting .480.

Stanford travels to Oregon State for a 7 p.m. match Friday, and then meets host Oregon at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Ducks are currently tied for third in the conference, a half-game behind co-leaders UCLA and USC.

Women's crew

Stanford's eight won the collegiate eight race at the Head of the Oklahoma on Sunday with the fastest time of the day and the four collected a Night Sprint win in a photo finish.

The defending champion and course-record holder Cardinal eight led the field the length of the 4,000-meter course, pushing out to a win of nine seconds over Texas.

The Cardinal will travel to Boston in three weeks to compete at the Head of the Charles.


The Pac-12 announced Monday that Stanford's game at Washington State has been picked up by Versus and will be broadcast at 4:30 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Stanford, currently with the nation's longest current win streak at 12 games, hosts Colorado (1-4, 0-1 Pac-12 South) this Saturday with the game on Versus at 4:30 p.m.

The Cardinal is currently 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the North Division of the Pac-12.

Game times for Oregon State, Oregon and California have yet to be determined.

Men's water polo

Freshman Alex Bowen was named MPSF Mikasa Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Bowen scored 11 goals during Stanford's 4-0 run to the SoCal Tournament title, including six in the 10-9 overtime title-game win over No. 3 California.

Bowen's sixth goal of the finale served as the tournament clincher, as he netted the winner with 42 seconds remaining in the overtime session. Earlier Sunday, the Cardinal (7-2), which entered the tournament ranked fourth in the nation, had upset top-ranked USC, 6-4.

In Saturday's wins over No. 14 Princeton and No. 5 Pepperdine, Bowen netted five goals total. He opened the day with two goals against Princeton then bagged a hat trick in the 7-6 win over the Waves.

Stanford opens its 2011 home slate this Friday, hosting Pepperdine at 7 p.m. at Avery Aquatic Center.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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