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Stanford tennis nets top male, female recruits

 

The Stanford men's tennis program will get a little stronger next year with the addition of recruits Trey Strobel and Nolan Paige, ranked 13th and 14th, respectively, on national recruiting lists.

Stanford coach John Whitlinger announced their signing Thursday.

"I'm very excited to welcome Nolan and Trey as part of our program," Whitlinger said. "They are excellent players and I'm looking forward to their contributions both on and off the court. Nolan and Trey will be a big part of our future success."

A product of Hopkins School in Connecticut, Paige won the USTA National Open in Mobile, Alabama, in late November, downing San Jose's David Hsu (a sophomore in high school) in the finals.

Paige is the captain of his school's basketball team in addition to being the top-ranked tennis player in New England. He peaked at No. 5 in last year's national rankings and earned four USTA balls along the way: a gold, a silver and two bronzes.

Strobel, who attends Florida Virtual School, recently qualified for the prestigious Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships in Florida and posted a victory as a wild card in his first-round match. Strobel has enjoyed success in both singles and doubles on the ITF circuit.

Women's tennis

Stanford received a commitment from Krista Hardebeck, consistently ranked first or second in the nation.

The Santa Ana native told Colette Lewis of tennisrecruiting.com that she choose Stanford over UCLA. Duke was also in the running.

"I've always wanted to go to Stanford, since I was maybe 7 or 8," Hardebeck told Lewis. "I was still pretty set on Stanford up until I took my UCLA visit, but I really liked UCLA, so I had a really big decision, a really tough one. But I remembered all the great things at Stanford, and I decided to choose them."

Men's volleyball

Stanford will finish third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation if the survey of conference coaches, released Wednesday, turns out to be correct.

The Cardinal, which finished third last season in the nation's toughest conference, received one first-place vote. BYU was the coaches' choice and UC Irvine was second.

Stanford (19-9 overall in 2011, 15-7 in the MPSF) returns two first-team All-Americans in outside hitter Brad Lawson and libero Erik Shoji, and six of its seven starters, including three from the Cardinal's 2010 national championship team.

Senior middle blocker Gus Ellis, entering his third season as a full-time starter, and senior setter Evan Barry are among the veterans. And Eric Mochalski, the school season record-holder in hitting percentage, returns for his sophomore season.

Lawson was the 2010 MPSF Player of the Year and Shoji, Stanford's career digs leader, has a chance to be Stanford's first four-time first-team All-America.

In addition, sophomores Mochalski, Brian Cook, and Steve Irvin played on the United States junior national team that finished fourth at the World Championships in Brazil over the summer.

Stanford's sixth-year coach John Kosty fully expects the Cardinal to be in the hunt for a national title with a veteran roster that includes seven seniors.

Synchronized swimming

Stanford will be presented by five athletes, all members of the U.S. national team, at the FINA World Trophy in Beijing, which gets underway on Saturday.

Morgan Fuller, Megan Hansley, Maria Koroleva, Michelle Moore and Olivia Morgan will join the team in China. The U.S. faces Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Russia and Spain at Beijing's National Aquatics Center.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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