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Stanford fencer Massialas qualifies for '16 Olympic Games

 

Stanford fencer Alex Massialas has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A senior from San Francisco, Massialas, will compete for the U.S. in men's foil in team and individual competition after finishing 17th last week at the World Cup in Bonn, Germany.


"Having Alex represent our country and Stanford is a huge honor for the program," said Cardinal head coach Lisa Posthumus. "To be able to train with, and be inspired by the best the sport has to offer, is a privilege for our student-athletes and coaches. We couldn't be prouder."

This will be the second Olympics for Massialas. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he finished 13th individually and fourth in team competition.

A two-time NCAA foil champion and three-time First Team All-American, Massialas competed in only one regular season meet for Stanford in 2015, posting a 20-1 record at the Northwestern Duals. A mechanical engineering major, he went 24-1 in the NCAA's and has a career mark of 148-16 in regular season bouts.

Women's basketball

Stanford junior forward Erica McCall was selected to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-District Women's Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) it was announced Thursday. McCall now advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

The academic all-district women's basketball teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada with District 8 encompassing Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.

McCall, a psychology major with a 3.53 cumulative GPA, is averaging 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in 30.8 minutes per game this season. One of four Stanford captains, she is tied for 11th in the nation with 14 double-doubles and has had at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in three straight games. McCall is fourth in the Pac-12 and 38th nationally in rebounding average (9.7) and third in the conference and 60th in the NCAA in blocks per game (1.91).

Victorious in four straight, No. 13 Stanford (19-5, 9-3) looks to win 20 games for the 15th consecutive season when it hosts Arizona (11-13, 2-10) in Maples Pavilion on Friday t 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal also will host Arizona State on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Women's tennis

No. 14 Stanford's one-match-per-week February slate continues Saturday, when No. 23 TCU visits Taube Family Tennis Stadium for a contest at noon.

The Cardinal (2-2) remains home for the entire month, hosting four matches that are all separated by at least six days of rest.

Coming off a 6-1 victory over No. 47 Saint Mary's last Friday, Stanford is looking to move above the .500 mark for the first time since a shutout of Santa Clara in its season opener. Meanwhile, TCU (2-1) has been idle for two weeks and Saturday's match is the first of three away from home for the Horned Frogs.

Despite dropping four spots in this week's poll, Stanford's lineup remains well-stacked in both singles and doubles. Three players are ranked in singles, led by Taylor Davidson (11-5 overall, 2-1 duals) at No. 30. Caroline Doyle (9-5 overall, 2-2 duals) checks in at No. 60 while Krista Hardebeck (7-5 overall, 3-1 duals) has entered the rankings at No. 66.

The pairing of Davidson and Doyle at the No. 1 spot in doubles continues to excel, compiling a 15-2 overall record and winning three of four duals.

— Stanford Athletics

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