Stanford freshman earns Newcomer award in water polo


Stanford freshman Jordan Raney was named MPSF/Kap7 Newcomer of the Week in women's water polo when the conference announced its weekly honors on Tuesday afternoon.

It's the second such accolade for a first-year Stanford player this season following freshman Katie Dudley's award on Feb. 3. The Cardinal and USC are the only schools with multiple Newcomer of the Week winners in 2015.

Raney had the most successful weekend of her young career in a Cardinal cap at the UC Irvine Invitational over the weekend.

After scoring just three times in Stanford's first eight games and only once in the past six, Raney unleashed five goals on Stanford's tournament opposition.

She scored in each game, including a multi-goal effort in the opener against No. 19 Pacific. Raney, along with All-Americans Jamie Neushul, Maggie Steffens and Kiley Neushul, were Stanford's scorers on Sunday against No. 4 Cal and No. 2 UCLA.

The Cardinal finished in second place at the UC Irvine Invitational. Stanford defeated No. 19 Pacific (13-3), No. 9 CSUN (16-3) and No. 4 California (7-6) to run its overall winning streak to 27 games and reach the title game against No. 2 UCLA.

The Bruins came out with a 7-6 victory in overtime on Sunday evening, handing the Cardinal its first loss in a year and earning UCLA its first win over Stanford in five tries.

Stanford returns home on Thursday when it hosts Santa Clara and Sonoma State at Avery Aquatic Center. The ball drops against the Broncos at 3:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. The game against the Seawolves is currently scheduled for a 5:15 p.m. start.

Men's tennis

David Wilczynski played his first match at No. 1 singles and Brandon Sutter played his first college match ever. It all worked out as Stanford beat Hawaii, 7-0, Tuesday in a nonconference match.

The Cardinal (6-2) travels to top-ranked USC for a 1 p.m. match Friday, to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Stanford plays at UCLA at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Stanford, winners of five straight, earned the doubles point and freshmen Wilczynski and David Hsu surrendered only seven games combined in winning their singles matches ahead of Sutter, who clinched the win at the No. 6 spot.

Wilczynski, who took over for freshman Tom Fawcett, has now played a match at every position in the singles lineup.

Women's golf

Mariah Stackhouse and Casey Danielson each shot a 74 to lead Stanford on the final day of the UC Irvine Invitational at Santa Ana CC on Tuesday.

Lauren Kim was the top Cardinal golfer overall, with a three-round total of 218, good for an 18th-place tie, and seven strokes off the lead.

Stanford finished 11th in the event with a team total of 901. Washington led from start to finish, winning with a score of 854.

Stanford returns to action Monday at the Bruin Wave Invitational in Tarzana.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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