Stanford's Cook is AVCA National Player of Week


Stanford junior setter Karissa Cook came up big when it counted most during a crucial volleyball match last weekend. For that effort, she has been selected the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week.

On Monday, Cook was named the Pac-12 women's volleyball Bank of the West Offensive Player of the Week.

Cook controlled the Cardinal offense in wins over Washington State on Friday and then-No. 2 Washington on Saturday. The Santa Cruz native averaged 11.00 assists per set, 1.00 kills on a .445 hitting percentage and 1.75 points per set. She also posted 3.16 digs and 0.83 blocks per set in the two matches.

Against WSU, she racked up 36 assists, three kills and six digs as Stanford defeated the Cougars for the 17th-straight time.

She helped the then-seventh-ranked Cardinal defeat the Huskies a night later by finishing with 30 assists and hitting a career-high .556 (5-0-9) in the match. She also added 13 digs and four blocks. The junior is now tied for the conference lead with 11 double-doubles on the year.

Cook is the second Pac-12 volleyball player to win offensive and defensive player of the week honors this season, joining teammate Carly Wopat. She was the defensive pick on Sept. 5. It is her second-career Pac-12 weekly recognition and Stanford's 79th all-time.

The fifth-ranked Cardinal opens the second half of Pac-12 play at Arizona and Arizona State this weekend. Stanford takes on the Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday and the Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday, Oct. 22. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Field hockey

Stanford senior goalkeeper Ale Moss was named NorPac Defensive Player of the Week and Alex McCawley was named the conference Rookie of the Week following a two-victory week in which the ninth-ranked Cardinal clinched the NorPac West Division regular season title and earned the top seed for the conference tournament to be held at Stanford beginning Nov. 3.

Moss registered her third shutout of the season against Pacific, making three saves. Against California, Moss had four saves to preserve Stanford's fifth win over a top-20 opponent.

McCawley was named the Rookie of the Week, earning her fourth honor overall and third over the last four weeks. In two starts, McCawley tallied three shots and two assists, the second leading to Emily Henriksson's game-winning goal against Cal.

Men's basketball

Stanford will be kicking off the 2011-12 campaign by pairing the annual Cardinal-White scrimmage with its first Midday Madness team day on Sunday in Maples Pavilion.

Fans are encouraged to come out early and interact with players and coaches while taking part in the Midday Madness excitement. This event is free to all fans.

The lineup of events that afternoon:

1-2 p.m.: Maples Pavilion opens, Fan Fest in concourse

2-3 p.m.: Midday Madness

(season preview from head coach Johnny Dawkins, dunk competition, skills contests, Cardinal Jams fan contest)

3-4:15 p.m.: Cardinal-White scrimmage

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford SID

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