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All-American volleyball honors for three Stanford players

 

The Stanford women's volleyball team had three players recognized when Volleyball Magazine announced its All-America selections on Thursday. Senior Carly Wopat earned first-team honors, while sophomore Jordan Burgess was a second-team selection and sophomore Inky Ajanaku was named to the third team.

Wopat receives first-team recognition for the third straight season. Burgess and Ajanaku are both being honored for the first time by the publication. Wopat and Ajanaku were named AVCA First Team All-Americans in December, while Burgess was an honorable-mention pick.

Stanford ended the season with a 27-6 overall record and advanced to the Lexington Regional Final, where it fell to second-seeded Penn State in five sets. The Cardinal finished second in the Pac-12 race (17-3), made its 33rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and reached a regional final for the eighth time under head coach John Dunning.

Men's gymnastics

Stanford's Akash Modi was named the College Gymnastics Association National Gymnast of the Week for his outstanding performance in the Cardinal's season-opening victory at No. 7 California, as announced Thursday by the organization.

Modi earned three individual titles in his collegiate debut, finishing first in the all-around (88.150), floor (15.350) and parallel bars (15.250). He also contributed big scores on vault (15.000), rings (14.650) and pommel horse (14.250).

The freshman from Morganville, N.J., helped lead No. 3 Stanford to a 431.100-425.650 victory at No. 7 California. The Cardinal outscored the Golden Bears in four of six events. It was Stanford's eighth consecutive victory over Cal dating back to the 2013 season-opener, also in Berkeley.

The national award is the first of Modi's collegiate career. He was honored earlier this week as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week.

Stanford will see Cal again this weekend in its own home-opener on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Football

Stanford received a soft verbal commitment from Nifae Lealao, a defensive end out of Sacramento, on Thursday.

It's been a big week for the Cardinal, which also got commitments from Compton defensive end Uriah Leitaua and tight end Dalton Schultz, a highly-regarded prospect out of Utah, earlier this week.

— Stanford Athletics

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