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Stanford women in position to sweep ITA tennis titles

 

Perhaps it's appropriate that the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in women's tennis is being held at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium this year.

If nothing else, it makes travel sense as both singles finalists and one doubles finalist hail from Stanford.

Tuesday's singles final at the Regional championships will be an all-Stanford affair with Mallory Burdette opposing Nicole Gibbs at noon.

During Monday's semifinal action, the second-seeded Burdette defeated third-seeded Denise Dy of Washington, 6-4, 6-1, while the fourth-seeded Gibbs upended top-seeded Jana Juricova of California 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, the defending NCAA singles champ.

Meanwhile, the doubles team of Stanford's Stacey Tan and freshman Ellen Tsay also has earned a spot in the doubles final, which will be played at 10:30 a.m.

Tan and Tsay advanced with an 8-4 win over Cal's Annie Goransson and Annett Schutting. In the quarterfinals, Tan and Tsay bounced Kelly Chui and Megan Heneghan of UC Davis, 8-5.

Men's tennis

Stanford will be well-represented in both the singles and doubles finals on Tuesday at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in Seattle.

Top-seeded Ryan Thacher will battle California's Ben McLachlan in the singles final, while the doubles team of Walker Kehrer and Robert Stineman faces California's duo of McLachlan and Carlos Cueto.

It's already been an impressive tournament for Stineman, who captured the consolation singles title on Monday afternoon with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Scott Sullivan of Gonzaga.

Football

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is among the 16 semifinalists for the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, as announced by the Davey O'Brien Foundation on Monday.

Narrowed down from all 120 quarterbacks from NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools, semifinalists were selected by The O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

The 2011 O'Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: Big 12 (5), Pac-12 (4), Big Ten (3), ACC (1), Conference USA (1), MWC (1) and SEC (1).

The list features returning finalists Luck (Sr., Stanford) and Kellen Moore (Sr., Boise State) as well as 2009 O'Brien Finalist Case Keenum (Sr., Houston). Returning semifinalists include: Matt Barkley (Jr., USC), Kirk Cousins (Sr., Michigan State), Robert Griffin III (Jr., Baylor), Landry Jones (Jr., Oklahoma), Denard Robinson (Jr., Michigan) and Darron Thomas (Jr., Oregon).

Field hockey

Another week, another NorPac Rookie of the Week award for Stanford freshman Alex McCawley.

McCawley was named the NorPac's West Division Rookie of the Week for Oct. 25, collecting her fifth such honor this year and fourth over the last five weeks.

McCawley registered one goal, one assist and three shot attempts in Stanford's 5-0 rout of UC Davis on Oct. 21. The Cardinal (13-2, 6-0 NorPac) closed out conference play with an undefeated record and completed a season sweep of the Aggies.

McCawley figures to be the front-runner for the West Division's NorPac Rookie of the Year, as she has totaled five goals, four assists, 14 points and 39 shots through 15 games.

With a minimum of five games remaining in the season, Stanford is within striking distance of the school record for victories (17) established in 2009. The Cardinal has secured the West Division's No. 1 seed for the NorPac Championship and will open play on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford SID

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