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National volleyball honor for Stanford's Gabriel Vega

 

The awards continued to roll in for Stanford redshirt sophomore Gabriel Vega, who on Tuesday was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the week.

Vega, who nabbed the MPSF Player of the Week honor on Monday, more than doubled his season averages leading the team with 4.62 kills, 2.25 digs and 4.94 points per set. The opposite hit .375 in the two matches as Stanford captured its first wins over a ranked opponent this season.

It also marks the first time BYU has lost a match to an unranked opponent since 2011. The Cardinal moved back in to the top 15 of the AVCA Division I-II Coaches Poll as a results this week.

Vega, an electical engineering major from Kailua, Hawai'i, led all players with 16 kills on .312 hitting to go with eight digs on Friday. He followed up with a career high 21 kills (21-4-40) and hit .425 while racking up 10 digs for his first collegiate double-double. He also tallied four blocks, including one solo to seal the Cardinal's comeback in the third set.

It is the first career national player of the week honor for Vega and the first for a Stanford player this season. Cardinal players have now captured 15 Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week awards.

Men's basketball

Stanford senior guard Chasson Randle has been awarded a spot on the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District Team.

Randle was included among 11 players from District IX, which comprises the top players from California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona and Alaska. The USBWA has selected All-District Teams since the 1956-57 season, its founding year.

Named to the All-Pac-12 First Team for the second consecutive season, Randle has been mentioned among the nation's best players throughout the season as a finalist for the following: Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's (20 candidates), Naismith Trophy (30 candidates), Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award (16 candidates) and Senior CLASS Award (10 candidates). A native of Rock Island, Ill., Randle ranks second in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.1 points per game. In addition to reaching double figures in all but one game, Randle has notched 13 20-point games and three 30-point games.

Randle (2,225 career points) is 112 away from becoming Stanford's all-time leading scorer, trailing only Todd Lichti (2,336) and Adam Keefe (2,319) while ranking sixth all-time in conference history. Also this season, Randle has established school career records for three-pointers (286), field goal attempts (1,676), minutes played (4,525) and is tied with Brown in games played (137).

Diving

Stanford senior Kristian Ipsen qualified for the Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships after winning the 3-meter board at the NCAA Zone E Championships on Tuesday in Colorado Springs.

Ipsen produced 878.20 points to finish well ahead of the 831.85 score of runner-up Rafael Quintero of Arizona. Finishing in 12th for Stanford was Tarek Abdelghany (649.10) while Bradley Christiansen was 13th (648.60) and Ted Miclau 15th (625.00).

In the women's competition, Stanford's Kassidy Cook was third on the 3-meter with 606.25 points and qualified for the women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Stanford's Alex Clay was 11th (555.10) and teammate Kelly Markle 13th (545.55).

Women's water polo

Thanks to a big 12-9 overtime victory over No. 3 and host USC in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener on Sunday, Stanford swept MPSF/Kap7 weekly honors for the second time.

Sophomore Jamie Neushul was named MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week and freshman Jordan Raney earned MPSF/Kap7 Newcomer of the Week accolades on Tuesday for their performances in Stanford's 34th straight regular-season league win.

Neushul provided the three-goal difference and picked an opportune time to post her second career hat trick, pouring in three goals in the 12-9 win at USC. The sophomore tallied Stanford's first and last goal and also fired one home midway through the third quarter to lead all scorers. Neushul is tied for fourth on this year's team with 17 goals through 15 games. This is her first career player of the week honor.

Raney made it seven consecutive games in which she has scored, putting away a game-tying second quarter goal against the Trojans. Stanford would not trail the rest of the way. Raney also drew a pair of exclusions. This is her second newcomer of the week award (Feb. 24).

Stanford is the first MPSF school to sweep the league's weekly awards twice this season. Junior Gabby Stone (player) and freshman Katie Dudley (newcomer) did so on Feb. 3.

Neushul, Raney and the Cardinal are 14-1 overall and 1-0 in MPSF play in 2015. Stanford is next in action when it hosts Harvard on Friday, March 20 at Avery Aquatic Center at 7 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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