Stanford athletes earn weekly honors in three different sports


Stanford volleyball junior setter Madi Bugg, cross-country runner Maksim Korolev and water polo goalie Drew Holland all have received weekly honors following standout performances last week.

Bugg was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Monday.

A political science major from Apex, N.C., Bugg averaged 3.56 digs and 0.44 blocks per set last week in wins at Colorado and Utah. She also posted 11.44 assists and 1.00 kills per set in the two matches.

At Colorado, Bugg tied her career high with 17 digs to go with a career-best seven kills and 51 assists. At Utah, she finished with a match-high 15 digs and three blocks while collecting 52 assists. As a team, Sanford tied its season high with 15.0 blocks, holding the Utes to a .178 attack percentage.

It marks the first defensive player of the week nod for Bugg, who was also named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in 2012. It is the 91st weekly award for Stanford all-time, which leads the conference.

Stanford, which is off to its best start to a season at 18-0 since 1994, returns to The Farm this week to play host to No. 17 UCLA on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 19 USC on Sunday at 5 p.m. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Cross country

Stanford graduate student Maksim Korolev was named NCAA Division I cross country National Athlete of the Week for by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.

Korolev, in his first major race for Stanford, won the Wisconsin adidas Invitational among a field that included 19 teams ranked among the nation's Top 30. Korolev covered the 8-kilometer (4.97-mile) Thomas Zimmer Course in 23:43 to capture perhaps the strongest invitational race in the country this season.

Korolev, a native of Harrison, Mo., graduated from Harvard in the spring with a degree in human development and regenerative biology, but had a fifth season of eligibility to use. He is working toward his master's in management science and engineering, and made his debut Sept. 27 at the Stanford Invitational, running with teammate Joe Rosa for a 1-2 Cardinal finish.

Men's water polo

Stanford sophomore goalkeeper Drew Holland was named MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week on Monday for his performances in the Cardinal's weekend victories against No. 1 USC and No. 8 UC Santa Barbara.

The Miramonte High School product tallied a career-high 20 saves, including a staggering 14 in the first half, in Stanford's MPSF triumph on Saturday, an 11-10 win over No. 1 USC at Avery Aquatic Center. Holland's 10 goals allowed were more than six under the Trojans' scoring average and the Cardinal never trailed in its victory.

Stanford has played two home matches this season against UC Irvine and USC and in eight quarters at Avery, Holland has totaled 37 saves. His career performance on Saturday topped his previous best of 17 saves, which he registered Oct. 4 against the Anteaters on The Farm.

In a 13-6 road win at No. 8 UCSB on Sunday, Holland made another 10 stops in three-and-a-half quarters of work.

Holland is averaging 9.68 saves per game (144 total) and has a goals-against average of 6.18.

This is Holland's third career player of the week honor and second this season after winning on Oct. 6. He's the first MPSF player to win multiple times in 2014. Holland also claimed his first such weekly award on Oct. 21, 2013.

The Cardinal will be back in action when it has its third meeting of the season with UCLA (19-2, 3-0) in Westwood on Friday. at 4 p.m. in a match televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The two are tied atop the MPSF standings with 3-0 records and have split the previous two matches in 2014.

— Stanford Athletics

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