Stanford women sweep MPSF weekly water polo honors


Stanford swept MPSF/Kap7 weekly honors in women's water polo on Tuesday when sophomore Katie Dudley was named the league's player of the week and freshman Kat Klass its top newcomer.

The No. 3 Cardinal started off its 2-0 week with a 16-5 win at No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on March 22 thanks in large part to Dudley's career-high five goals. The Stanford sophomore had scored two goals in a game six times in her career, but exploded for five against the Gauchos, scoring twice in the first, twice in the third and once in the fourth. Her output matched the Cardinal's single-game high this season, tying Klass' total from March 5 at San Jose State.

A two-time MPSF/Kap7 Newcomer of the Week award winner as a freshman a season ago, Tuesday's honor is Dudley's first conference player of the week accolade.

Klass scored four goals in Stanford's wins last week. She tallied her team-leading seventh hat trick of the season in the Cardinal's road victory at UCSB and added a 6-on-5 score in the second quarter of its 8-5 MPSF win over No. 6 Arizona State on Saturday. Klass, who leads MPSF freshmen in goals, is second on Stanford in that category, with 32 scores and a 1.78 goals per game average. Her goals per game mark is fifth in the conference.

It's her third MPSF/Kap7 Newcomer of the Week award this season.

Stanford (16-2, 2-0) hits the road for an MPSF match at 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 2 at CSU Bakersfield.

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The Stanford women dropped a 4-1 decision to host San Francisco on Tuesday, falling to 2-3 on the season.

"With a long break after our opening weekend, it was nice to get back on the sand and compete again," said head coach Denise Corlett. "I felt our top three pairs performed very well, and we are looking forward to getting some wins under our belts in Oregon this weekend."

USF took the upper hand in the first round of games with a pair of 2-0 wins. Stanford's No. 5 pair of Alexis Froistad and Karina Robinson fell, 21-12, 21-12, while Courtney Bowen and Jennifer DiSanto lost, 21-15, 21-13, in the number four spot.

Merete Lutz and Halland McKenna, Stanford's No. 3 pair, fought off three match points in the second set before dropping the game, 21-19, 26-24, allowing the Dons to clinch the match at 3-0.

Stanford's top pair of Hayley Hodson and Payton Chang won their match in straight sets, 21-19, 21-15.

Ivana Vanjak and Catherine Raquel rebounded from an opening-set loss to dominate the second set, 21-7, before falling short in the final set, 15-11.

The Cardinal returns to action this weekend when it travels to Portland to participate in a tournament hosted by Oregon. Stanford will play Oregon at noon and Portland at 4 p.m. on Saturday before facing Boise State at noon on Sunday.

— Stanford Athletics

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