The nationally No. 3-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team already has some standout freshman on its current roster, but more are headed its way next season.
Three members of the MaxPreps 2015 Preseason Volleyball All-American team have committed to the Cardinal for the fall of 2016 -- Jenna Gray, Kathryn Plummer and Morgan Hentz.
The 6-6 Plummer is the tallest player on the All-American team. She is from Laguna Niguel High in Aliso Viejo. She helped her team win the CIF Southern Section D-1A title last fall. She had 244 kills, 123 digs and 472 assists from her position as setter. She is a two-time member of the U.S. Girls Youth National Team.
The 5-7 Hentz is from Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Ky. She was one of 12 players on the U.S. Girls Youth National Team that competed at the U18 World Championships. She. like Plummer, is listed as an all-around player while Gray is a setter.
In other volleyball news:
Palo Alto High grad Kimmy Whitson helped Pacific sweep three matches and the title at the SDSU/USD Challenge in San Diego on Saturday. Whitson finished with 106 assists plus 16 digs in the victories over San Diego State, Dartmouth and Oregon State.
Princeton went 1-2 at the George Washington Invitational over the weekend to open its season. Menlo School grad Maddie Huber of Palo Alto had a career-high 25 digs in a 3-2 opening win over Radford. In a 3-1 loss to George Washington, senior co-captain Sarah Daschbach from Sacred Heart Prep had 21 digs. In a 3-0 loss to UC Davis to close the tourney, Huber had seven digs.
Meanwhile, a Menlo School trio is playing volleyball for Brown, which opened its season going 2-1 in the Sacred Heart Invitational (Connecticut). Junior outside hitter Emma Thygesen, a starter, logged a career-high 12 kills in a three-game loss to Bucknell. Sophomore libero Melissa Cairo had 13 digs and freshman Elisa Merten picked up a pair of aces in a win over Hartford. Cairo posted a career-best 19 digs over Bucknell.
Kyle Perez, a freshman midfielder, kicked the winner in Washington-St.Louis' 3-2 overtime soccer win over No. 2-ranked Wheaton. The win marked Washington-St.Louis' first over a ranked opponent in three years.
Third baseman Danny Diekroeger (Menlo Class of '10) went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI in Palm Beach's regular-season finale, an 8-3 win over Jupiter. The St. Louis Cardinals Class-A Advanced affiliate, Palm Beach is the Florida State League Southern Division champion and dropped a 14-1 decision to Charlotte in the opening round of the playoffs on Tuesday.
Second baseman Kenny Diekroeger (Menlo Class of '09) is batting .260 for Northwest Arkansas, a Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Naturals, the North Division's first-half winner, plays host to second-half winner Arkansas in a playoff series, beginning Wednesday.
Former Stanford standout Stephen Piscotty had two hits in four at-bats and drove in two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals dropped an 8-5 decision to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Piscotty is batting .331 with 54 hits and 28 RBI.