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Stanford women earn Pac-12 honors in track and field, tennis

 

Stanford freshman Marisa Kwiatkowski and fifth-year senior Jessica Tonn were named Pac-12 women's track and field athletes of the week -- Tonn for track and Kwiatkowski for field.

Tonn, from Paradise Valley, Ariz., ran the fastest 5,000 meters by a collegian this year and became the No. 7 American collegian ever, running 15:18.85 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on Saturday.


Tonn finished 13th in a loaded field that included an Olympic silver medalist and featured 15 runners under the World Championships qualifying standard, including Tonn. She broke her personal record by 14 seconds and moved past three-time NCAA outdoor 5,000-meter champion Lauren Fleshman into No. 2 on Stanford's all-time list and No. 2 in Pac-12 history.

Kwiatkowski, a product of Santa Clara's Wilcox High, jumped personal record distances in the long and triple jumps at the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and the Philippines, her 41-7 in the triple jump was third and would have improved upon her own Philippines junior record if it had not been aided by a 2.2 meters per second wind. She did have a wind-legal jump of 41-5, just off her junior national record of 41-5 1/4. Kwiatkowski also jumped a personal best of 19-4 -- her best by nearly four inches -- to finish 10th in the long jump.

Women's tennis

Stanford sophomores Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao earned all-Pac-12 accolades in both singles and doubles, while fellow sophomore Caroline Doyle was honored in singles, the conference announced Tuesday.

Davidson and Zhao were both named to the first team and honored for the second straight season. As freshmen in 2014, Davidson earned honorable mention status while Zhao was tabbed to the second team. Meanwhile, Doyle was awarded a spot on this year's second team.

Each member of the sophomore trio has chalked up 27 victories while combining for a 51-7 record in duals.

Davidson, Doyle and Zhao are also scheduled to compete in both singles and doubles at the NCAA Championships.

Additionally, Davidson and Zhao were voted the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year, becoming the first Cardinal duo to earn the honor since Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey in 2006.

Ranked No. 19 nationally, Davidson is 27-8 overall and 16-3 in duals, playing mainly at the No. 2 spot (14-3).

Davidson is 11-5 in tournament play, 9-6 against nationally-ranked opponents and 8-2 over her last 10 matches.

Doyle, ranked No. 25 nationally, is 27-5 overall and 17-2 in duals, playing primarily at the No. 3 position (15-2). Doyle is 10-3 in tournament play, 9-4 against nationally-ranked foes and has won seven in a row.

The second-ranked player in the country, Zhao will also be the No. 2 overall seed at NCAA Championships.

Zhao, who captured the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships title in October, is 27-4 overall and 18-2 in duals, playing all of her matches at the No. 1 spot. She is 9-2 in tournament play, 15-2 against nationally-ranked players and has won seven in a row.

Seeded No. 2 overall in the doubles draw, Davidson and Zhao are also ranked No. 2 nationally.

The duo has pocketed two titles already this season (Pac-12 Championships and NCTC Classic). Davidson and Zhao are 29-6 overall, 13-4 in duals (all at the No. 1 spot), 15-3 vs. nationally-ranked duos and riding a four-match winning streak.

No. 14 Stanford (15-5) hosts Stony Brook on Friday at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Taube Family Tennis Stadium will serve as a host site for the first and second rounds, with No. 19 Pepperdine also facing No. 43 Auburn on Friday.

Football

Stanford announced Tuesday its upcoming football series with San Diego State.

Stanford will play at San Diego State on Sept. 16, 2017, with the Aztecs scheduled to visit Stanford Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018.

The Cardinal is 3-1 all-time against San Diego State. The two programs played a four-game series from 1985-88, with Stanford claiming wins in the latest three meetings.

Stanford's 2015 season begins Sept. 5 at Northwestern, with its home opener slated for Sept. 12 against UCF at Stanford Stadium.

Men's volleyball

Stanford junior Conrad Kaminski has been selected as an honorable mention All-American, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Monday.

It is the second consecutive All-America honor for Kaminski, who also was an honorable mention recipient in 2014.

A middle blocker from New Berlin, Wis., he led Stanford and was sixth in the conference with a .400 season hitting percentage. The only Cardinal player to start all 28 matches this season, Kaminski led the team in blocks (90) and was third in kills (174).

His .453 career hitting percentage is the best in program history in the rally-scoring era. The mechanical engineering major recorded a career high, and team season-best, 12 blocks in a thrilling five-set win over CSUN on Jan. 23. Kaminski tallied six of his 12 blocks in the fifth set as the Cardinal crushed the Matadors 15-3 to seal the victory.

Stanford is the host site for the 2015 National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship, Tuesday through Saturday in Maples Pavilion. Tickets are available now by calling 1-800-STANFORD or going online to gostanford.com/tickets.

— Stanford Athletics

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