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Stanford's Fawcett, Goldstein receive tennis honors

 

The Stanford men's tennis team was represented with two selections among the ITA Northwest Region's award winners, making the duo eligible for national consideration.

Freshman Tom Fawcett was named the region's Rookie of the Year for his performance in leading the Cardinal. Ranked No. 26 nationally, Fawcett leads Stanford with a 26-11 overall record and is 14-7 in duals, playing all of his matches at the top spot of the lineup.

Fawcett also owns a 12-4 record in tournament matches and has chalked up seven wins against nationally-ranked players.

Fawcett, who will participate in next week's NCAA Singles Championship, also captured the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships title in October.

In doubles play, Fawcett is ranked No. 69 with Maciek Romanowicz and the duo has combined for an 18-4 overall record.

Meanwhile, first-year skipper Paul Goldstein was tabbed the region's Coach of the Year.

Goldstein directed Stanford (18-7, 6-1 Pac-12) to its first NCAA Tournament win in three seasons and a share of the regular-season conference championship for the first time since 2010.

Showcasing a lineup that featured three freshmen, the Cardinal entered the postseason ranked No. 23 in the nation and also reached the Pac-12 Tournament for the first time in school history.

Goldstein was introduced as the 10th head coach in school history on June 24, 2014.

Goldstein enjoyed a stellar collegiate career from 1995-98, leading the Cardinal to a 104-6 overall record while becoming the first player in NCAA history to compete as a starting member of four consecutive national championship teams. Goldstein was honored as an All-American in each of his four years.

Women's soccer

Margueritte Aozasa has been named assistant coach for the Stanford women's soccer program, head coach Paul Ratcliffe announced.

Aozasa, who grew up in nearby Mountain View, starred at Los Altos High School and was a four-year starter at Santa Clara University.

She replaces Nicole Van Dyke, who was named head coach at University of Pennsylvania. Aozasa has been coaching with the Mountain View-Los Altos Soccer Club – a club she represented as a player – for the past six years.

"Margueritte's an incredible person," Ratcliffe said. "She has great integrity, she's a hard worker. She was someone I always believed had the qualities to be a good coach in the future. Technically, she was a really solid player and always had a strong level of intelligence with her decision-making. She'll be a great addition to our staff."

Aozasa, who earned West Coast Conference All-Academic honors in college, was happy to join such a high-level environment.

"The opportunity to be here is absolutely amazing," Aozasa said. "I'll be surrounded by so many people that I can learn from. As for what I have to offer, I coach very similarly to how I played soccer. I bring an intensity, a passion to the game. At the same time, I bring a curiosity and respect for the game, and an understanding that I have so much to learn."

As a player, Aozasa began her association at MVLA at age 10 and helped the MVLA Mercury to three State Cup titles and to three regional title matches.

She describes Albertin Montoya, her MVLA coach and now the club's technical director, as her mentor. Montoya also served as a Stanford volunteer assistant under Ratcliffe.

"Albertin really preaches a style that fosters creativity, but at the same time, there's a lot of purpose behind it," Aozasa said. "Albertin and Paul understand that possession is done with a purpose and the purpose is to create opportunities, and to use that flair and creativity to create dangerous chances."

Montoya and Ratcliffe share many of the same coaching philosophies in terms of style and stress skillful play. Those are areas that Aozasa developed as a player and have passed along as a coach.

Aozasa played a midfield role in club that allowed her the freedom to play offensively and defensively.

At Santa Clara, where she played from 2008-11, she split positions between midfield and center back, a spot that allowed her to take advantage to her ability to read the field.

She graduated from SCU in 2012 with a major in psychology and minors in public health and Spanish.

— Stanford Athletics

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