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Plenty of local water polo players at the Stanford Invitational

 

Gunn grad Caroline Anderson and Atherton resident Katherine Moore will be in familiar waters this weekend as members of the seventh-ranked Michigan women's water polo team.

The Wolverines (7-2) open the Stanford Invitational on Saturday at 11 a.m. against the top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Cardinal.

Anderson, Moore and Michigan freshman Anna Edington, who grew up in San Carlos and played with Moore at Saint Francis, all played for the Stanford Water Polo Club.

Anderson, who turns 20 later this month, set a Michigan record with 56 assists last year and is enjoying another banner year this season. She ranks second on the team with 13 goals and leads the Wolverines with 18 assists.

Moore, who played with Anderson at Stanford between 2010-14, has appeared in four games this season in goal. Edgington, who has seen action in a pair of games, participated with the Stanford club team the past 10 years.

San Jose State senior Brittany Krappe, a Menlo-Atherton grad, has been somewhat of a good luck charm for the Spartans, who play the Cardinal at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. San Jose State is 6-0 in games she has scored a goal since the beginning of last season.

Krappe played for the NorCal club team and was coached by former Stanford standout Chris Dorst.

The host Cardinal (4-0) also plays Loyola Marymount on Sunday at 8 a.m. The final round begins with placement games at 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. and will match bracket finishers against each other.

Bracket B includes California, UC Davis, UC Irvine and Pacific.

Harvard freshman Sam Acker, a Gunn grad, made her college debut a successful one as she started in goal and made four saves in a 14-4 victory over Villanova in the Harvard Mini during the weekend.

The Crimson also defeated Iona, 14-5, to start the season 2-0 under coach Ted Minnis, the former Castilleja coach.

Men's tennis

Former local tennis standouts Nicky Hu from Palo Alto High and Andy Zhou from Gunn have been making solid contributions to the Harvard men's tennis team this season.

The No. 33-ranked Crimson is off to a 5-2 start after defeating visiting Drake, 4-3, and Boston University, 7-0, on Sunday.

Hu played at No. 1 singles against Drake and posted a victory to give Harvard a 3-2 lead. Zhou sat out the Drake match, but started at No. 1 against Boston. He won in singles, 7-6, 6-4, and teamed to win at No. 1 doubles, as well.

Zhou also won at No. 5 singles last Friday in a 4-3 loss to Tulane.

Biathlon

Palo Alto native Joanne Reid, a Gunn High graduate, will be racing as part of the U.S. World Cup biathlon team near Calgary, Alberta this weekend. On Friday, she raced the women's 7.5km sprint and may qualify for either the pursuit or the relays on Saturday or Sunday.

Biathlon is a cross country ski race where contestants carry rifles and shooting accuracy is combined with skiing speed to determine the winners. Biathlon is currently the most watched winter sport in Europe, with 5 million live viewers for World Cup events.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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