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Holman does the trick in Stanford's first round victory

 

Devon Holman scored three goals in leading No. 5 Stanford past visiting Appalachian State, 7-0, in the first round of the NorPac tournament Thursday.

Colleen Ryan, Katie Mitchell, Becky Dru and Emily Henriksson also scored for the Cardinal (16-2), which meets Davidson at 1:30 p.m. in Friday's semifinal. Davidson beat UC Davis, 4-1, in the first round.

Holman put Stanford ahead in the first five minutes, collecting a loose ball off a corner kick and firing it home. Mitchell was credited with an assist.

Holman, a redshirt junior attacker, needed just four shots, three on goal, in 19 minutes to complete her hat trick.

The Cardinal outshot Appalachian State, 30-5, overall and 15-2 in shots on goal as defenders Dru and Kelsey Harbin and goalkeeper Ale Moss were the only players to remain on the field for all 70 minutes.

On Wednesday, the NorPac announced its all-conference team, recognizing Dru as the Co-Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and Tara Danielson earning Coach of the Year honors.

Dru was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and earned Co-Player of the Year honors with California's Andrea Earle. Dru leads the Cardinal in goals (14), points (35) and shots (64). With a career-high 14 goals this year, Dru is bidding to become Stanford's leading goal scorer in back-to-back seasons for the first time since Jess Zutz in 2006 and 2007.

Dru was also awarded a spot on the all-conference list, joining seniors Stephanie Byrne and Moss and freshman Alex McCawley.

Byrne, who had two assists against the Mountaineers, leads Stanford in assists (15), the most for a Cardinal player since Nora Soza dished out 17 in 2009. She has added two goals, ranks third on the team in points (17) and 17 of her 27 shots have been on goal.

Moss has played every minute in goal for Stanford this year. She has tallied seven shutouts, including Thursday against Appalachian State.

In 17 starts, McCawley ranks third on the team in goals (6) and second in shots (43). She was named the NorPac's West Division Rookie of the Week five times overall and four out of the last five weeks.

Tennis

Stanford senior Ryan Thacher defeated Illinois' Roy Kalmanovich in straight sets Thursday in the first riound of the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Thacher, who won the ITA Northwest Regional singles title in Seattle to advance, meets fifth-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke in Friday's Round of 16.

On the women's side, Cardinal senior Mallory Burdette downed Auburn-Montgomery's Ana Veselinovic, 6-2, 6-2. The fourth-seeded Burdette meets Mississippi's Kristi Boxx in the Rpound of 16.

Stanford sophomore Nicole Gibbs, seeded second, won her first-round match over Vanderbilt's Jackie Wu, 6-4, 6-3, and will play USC's Danielle Lao on Friday.

Gibbs and Burdette, the top-seeded doubles team, advanced into the with a 9-7 victory over Alabama's Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane. Their next opponents are Tennessee's Natalier Pluskota and Kata Szekely.

"This draw is so small that you're going to play good people in the first round," said Burdette. "It was a pretty good test for us and we came through and played well in the end."

Though Burdette failed to serve out the match at 7-6, her strong volleying at the net and Gibbs' well-placed strokes from the baseline allowed the Cardinal to clinch victory the second time around.

"She's the straight shooter and I have a little more of the creative lobs and touch shots," said Gibbs, who only began playing doubles with Burdette last month. "We're a really good complement to each other, and we keep each other positive to the best of our abilities."

Women's volleyball

Rachel Williams recorded 13 kills and had 10 digs to help third-ranked Stanford beat host Colorado, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15, Thursday night.

Carly Wopat added 14 kills and recorded a .385 hitting percentage for the Cardinal (12-4, 18-4), which heads to Utah for a 2 p.m. first serve Saturday.

The first set was tried at 23 when consecutive blocks from Hayley Spelman and Williams turned the tide for Stanford.

In the second set, the Buffaloes took the lead for good at 14-13, eventually working a 21-16 advantage and then holding on for the win.

Following the intermission, Stanford took an early lead in the third and fourth sets and never let up. The Cardinal scored 10 of the first 11 points of the final set.

Karissa Cook added 48 assists and eight digs for Stanford, which outhit Colorado .259 to .120. Hannah Benjamin added 13 digs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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