Stanford's Quantrill is named Pac-12 baseball's Freshman of the Year


Cal Quantrill was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and seven Stanford players earned All-Pac-12 honors, the conference announced Wednesday.

Palo Alto resident Alex Blandino, Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger, John Hochstatter, Austin Slater and Quantrill were on the all-conference team, while Zach Hoffpauir and A.J. Vanegas earned honorable mention.

Blandino and Diekroeger also were named to the All-Defensive Team.

Quantrill went 5-5 with a 2.92 ERA to become Stanford's third freshman of the year pick in the past five years, joining Kenny Diekroeger (2010) and Brian Ragira (2011).

A Friday night starter throughout the season, Quantrill highlighted the Cardinal's freshman class of pitchers that started 42 of 53 games.

The Port Hope, Ontario native was 3-3 with a 2.49 ERA against Pac-12 teams. He was Stanford's first freshman starter on opening day since Mike Mussina in 1988.

Women's tennis

Stanford was well-represented among this year's All-Pac-12 Team with four selections, as announced Wednesday by the conference office.

Senior Kristie Ahn was the Cardinal's lone representative on the first team after receiving second-team accolades last year.

Freshman Carol Zhao received second-team accolades while fellow rookie Taylor Davidson and sophomore Krista Hardebeck were included among the honorable mention.

Meanwhile, Ahn and Zhao received ITA All-America honors by reaching the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship. Both players also have an opportunity to be recognized in doubles, but would have to finish among the top-10 of the ITA rankings.

A three-time All-American, Ahn was also named ITA National Senior Player of the Year after compiling a 29-5 overall record and finishing 15-3 in duals, playing all of her matches at the No. 1 spot.

Ranked No. 3 in the country, Ahn was 20-4 against nationally-ranked opponents and captured singles titles at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships and NCTC Classic.

Ahn finished her career with a 97-17 overall record and never lost back-to-back matches during her time on The Farm.

Tabbed the ITA Northwest Region Player to Watch, Zhao finished 30-7 overall and 19-2 in duals, playing all but three matches at the No. 3 spot.

Ranked No. 21 nationally, Zhao notched 27 of her 30 wins in straight sets and enjoyed a 17-match winning streak that spanned from Jan. 19-April 12. In addition to reaching the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Championships and ITA Northwest Regional Championships, Zhao provided the clinching point in four matches.

Davidson also put the finishing touches on an impressive debut season, earning the ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year honor.

Davidson, who reached the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship, finished 26-8 overall and was 17-3 in duals while consistently overpowering opponents at the No. 4 spot. Ranked No. 50 nationally, Davidson also reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Northwest Region Championships.

Hardebeck is a two-time all-conference honoree, earning a spot on last year's second team. Ranked No. 51 nationally, Hardebeck finished 17-15 overall and 11-8 in duals, playing all but one of her matches at the No. 2 position while providing the clinching point in three matches.

Hardebeck also reached the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship, upsetting No. 4 seed Julia Elbaba of Virginia in her first match.


The No. 2 Stanford women's team collected several awards from the Collegiate Coaches Rowing Association on Tuesday.

Head coach Yasmin Farooq, who led the Cardinal to its first Pac-12 Championship in school history, was selected as the CRCA West Regional Coach of the Year. It is the first such honor for Farooq and the Stanford program.

Four Cardinal rowers earned All-Region honors in the West, including three first team selections. Seniors Anna Dawson, Daphne Martschenko and Kristy Wentzel were all first team honorees as Stanford tied with Washington for the most individuals on the first team. Sophomore Filippa Karrfelt received her first All-Region honor as a member of the second team.

Martschenko picked up her second career first team All-Region selection as she was also honored in 2012. Wentzel was a second team choice in 2012, while Dawson was a second team pick in 2011.

Seven individuals were named CRCA Scholar Athletes. The list included senior human biology major Christina Bax, junior French major Naomi Cornman, senior computer science major Ali Fauci, graduate student in management science and engineering Valerie Frank, sophomore Emily Grundman, anthropology and Slavic language and literatures major Daphne Martschenko and sophomore Ellie Parker.

Bax, Fauci and Martschenko all made the list for the third straight year, while Cornman has made it in back-to-back seasons. Frank, Grundman and Parker were all first time honorees.

Stanford will begin competition at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. on Friday.

Men's tennis

John Morrissey was named to the All-Pac-12 second team selection for the second straight season.

Morrissey, who was also named a Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team honoree as a sophomore in 2013, posted a 15-10 overall record during his junior campaign.

Morrissey checked in at No. 118 in the latest edition of the national rankings and finished 11-5 in duals, playing all of his matches at the top spot of the lineup.

Morrissey was also recently recognized on a higher level, receiving the ITA Northwest Region's Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

Morrissey has excelled in his role as someone who leads by example, providing personal guidance both on and off the court to an underclassmen-laden Cardinal team.

In addition to participating in various community service initiatives during his first three years on The Farm, Morrissey is viewed by the coaching staff as a thoughtful leader who always places the welfare of his teammates first.

A native of Dublin, Ireland, who participated in Davis Cup competition for his home country earlier this year, Morrissey is also a tireless promoter of his sport, continually looking for innovative ways to encourage student attendance at home matches.

An International Relations major, Morrissey has maintained a cumulative 3.54 GPA through his first three years.

— Stanford Athletics

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