Stanford women honored on TopDrawer All-America team


Andi Sullivan was named to the Postseason Best XI First Team and five Stanford players earned Freshman Best XI honors.

Sullivan had an outstanding season and continued to establish herself as one of the nation's best two-way midfielders with elite distribution, defending and attacking abilities. The sophomore co-captain was named the 14th NSCAA first-team All-American in Stanford history and was selected as one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy.

Sullivan was the only Pac-12 representative on the All-America first team and is one of five Pac-12 players to receive All-America recognition. She was the only sophomore and one of two underclassmen on the first team.

Kyra Carusa (F), Jordan DiBiasi (M) and Alana Cook (D) were named to the Freshman Best XI team, while Michelle Xiao (M) and Tegan McGrady (D) earned second-team recognition.

The Cardinal's freshman class made an immediate impact and all five on the Freshman Best XI team were regular starters throughout the season.

Stanford went undefeated in Pac-12 play with a 10-0-1 record en route to the program's 10th conference title and ended the season on a 15-game unbeaten streak. The Cardinal has won at least 19 games in seven of the past eight years and extended its NCAA Tournament home unbeaten streak to 29 games.

In other soccer news, Maddie Bauer was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America, as announced Thursday by the organization.

Bauer was named to the third team and is the only Pac-12 representative on any of the three teams. The standout center back and co-captain holds a 3.49 GPA as an international relations major. She was named an NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team selection, earned her third consecutive All-Pac-12 second team honor and second straight Pac-12 All-Academic award earlier this year.

Bauer anchored Stanford's defense at center back and helped Stanford record 12 shutouts and limit opponents to 13 goals on the season (0.55 GAA). The junior co-captain's experience, speed and ability to halt opponents' attack was undeniable and forced the opposition to find alternate routes to the goal.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford was ranked eighth in the 2016 preseason national coaches poll and picked to finish third in the Pac-12 in a vote by conference coaches.

All but one of the Cardinal's nine regular season meets will feature at least one top-25 opponent. Stanford faces nine teams ranked in the top 25, including six meetings against programs in the top 10.

Stanford received 1,863 votes in the national coaches poll to join Pac-12 counterparts Utah (No. 4) and UCLA (No. 6) in the top 10.

The Cardinal was picked to finish third in the Pac-12 in a vote by the conference's head coaches and received one first-place vote.

Stanford returned to the NCAA Championships for the 12th time in the past 15 years in 2015, with six gymnasts combining for nine All-America honors. The Cardinal finished fifth at the NCAA Championships with a 197.250 -- the team's second-highest score ever at an NCAA Championships competition.

Stanford is one of seven teams in the nation to make at least seven Super Six appearances in the past 14 years (2002-15).

The Cardinal returns four All-America gymnasts who have combined for 10 honors, including defending NCAA vault champion Elizabeth Price and beam runner-up Ivana Hong.

— Stanford Athletics

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