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Stanford volleyball players honored on All-Pac-12 team

 

Four Stanford women's volleyball players have been honored with Pac-12 all-conference selections, which were announced Tuesday by Commissioner Larry Scott.

Stanford sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat were named to the 14-player All-Pac-12 Conference team. It is the second career honors for the pair, both of whom were selected to the All-Freshman team in 2010.

Stanford junior setter Karissa Cook is an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention pick, earning all-conference honors for the second time in her career. She was an All-Freshman pick in 2009.

Williams leads the Cardinal with 4.32 kills per set (fifth in the Pac-12) and 4.94 points per set (fifth in the Pac-12). She leads the conference this season with 19 double-doubles on the year and has registered eight 20-plus kills matches. She set career highs with 24 kills and 22 digs against Duke in the Stanford Invitational. She was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after wins over Penn State and Florida in the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic.

Wopat is the Pac-12 leader in blocks per set (1.59), which ranks third nationally. She ranks third in the conference with a .393 hitting percentage and 10th with 4.11 points per set. She has earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, becoming the first player to garner both accolades this season. She posted a career high 22 kills versus Cal in the regular season finale, and recorded a career-best 11 blocks against Oregon State.

Cook has controlled the offense from the setter position for the Cardinal this season. She is averaging 11.36 assists per set (fourth in the Pac-12) and 3.10 digs per set. She also has registered 95 kills and 72 blocks this season. She is second in the Pac-12 with 18 double-doubles. She was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 18 and has been selected both the Pac-12 Offensive and Pac-12 Defensive Players of the Week this season.

Redshirt freshman Lydia Bai was named to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team. She is third on the team this season with 1.96 kills per set and 2.38 points per set. She hit a career high .588 (10-0-17) versus Colorado and posted a career-best 16 kills at Arizona State.

USC, which finished atop the Pac-12 standings with a 20-2 conference record, took home four of the five individual awards. The Trojans' Alex Jupiter was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, Kendall Bateman was selected as Setter of the Year, Natalie Hagglund was chosen Libero of the Year and Mick Haley snagged Coach of the Year honors. Washington's Krista Vansant was named Freshman of the Year.

Stanford begins postseason play at home on Friday, taking on Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart in the first round at 7 p.m. Baylor and Michigan will square off in the other first round match at Maples Pavilion, with first serve set for 4:30 p.m. The winners will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday for a chance to advance to the Gainesville Regional.

Men's water polo

Freshman utility Alex Bowen was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year, headlining five all-conference selections for Stanford Tuesday.

Bowen also earned all-MPSF first team honors, joining redshirt sophomore two-meter Forrest Watkins.

Senior driver Jacob Smith was named to the second team while seniors Peter Sefton and Brian Pingree were named honorable mentions.

Bowen becomes Stanford's third MPSF Newcomer of the Year, following Will Hindle-Katel in 2005 and Drac Wigo in 2006.

Bowen led the Cardinal with 53 goals in 2011 to become the first true freshman to lead the Cardinal in scoring since Wigo accomplished the feat in 2006. Olympian Tony Azevedo led Stanford as a freshman in 2001.

Bowen recorded 17 multi-goal games, including 12 hat tricks.

Women's swimming

Gunn High senior Julia Ama was joined by five others who were officially announced as signees by Stanford for next year.

Pleasanton resident Allison Brown is Stanford's highest rated recruit by collegeswimming.com, ranking No. 13, followed by No. 20 Sarah Haase (Rockville, MD), No. 24 Julia Anderson (Fort Worth) and No. 36 Kaylin Moss (Wilton, CT).

Ama is rated No. 81 and Michigan state record holder Jaynie Pulte (Bloomfield Hills) is also in the class.

Women's basketball

Fifth-ranked Stanford takes on visiting UC Davis at 7 p.m. Wednesday, its last home game before a two-week break for final exams.

The Cardinal (4-1) has won four straight in the series with the Aggies, including the first round of the NCAA tournament last year.

Former UC Davis all-star Jenny Gross is in her first year as head coach following the retirement of Hillsdale High grad Sandy Simpson.

Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 with her 25.6 scoring average. She is the reigning conference Player of the Week.

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