Stanford's Williams earns MPSF weekly water polo honor


Freshman Bennett Williams has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo Newcomer of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Williams led Stanford offensively this past week with four goals in two matches. He scored a pair of goals each against No. 7 UC Santa Barbara and No. 8 Pepperdine.

Bennett Williams
In the 9-5 victory over the Waves on Sunday, he was the lone Cardinal with multiple scores in the match. His goal in the first quarter broke a 1-1 tie and put Stanford ahead of Pepperdine for good in the Cardinal's 9-5 win.

Williams has scored in 11 of Stanford's 15 matches and leads all freshmen with 18 goals on the year. The scoring total ranks fourth on the team this season.

The MPSF honor for Williams, the first of his career, marks the fourth time a Cardinal has been recognized in the weekly awards this season.

Sophomores Blake Parrish and Mitchell Mendoza were named the Player of the Week on Oct. 10 and Sept. 5, respectively. Freshman Andrew Chun was named the Newcomer of the Week on Sept. 5.

Stanford (12-3, 0-1 MPSF) will return to MPSF play this weekend when the Cardinal heads to Los Angeles to face top-ranked UCLA on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The match will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

Women's tennis

Stanford freshman Emma Higuchi beat teammate Caroline Lampl, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, in the semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regional at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center on Monday.

Higuchi, ranked among the top 50 in national 18s singles, meets Cal's Karla Popovic in Tuesday's 10:30 a.m. championship match. The winner earns a trip to the ITA National Indoor Championships in New York in November.

The fifth-seeded Popovic beat unseeded Sybille Gauvain of San Jose State, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, to advance.

Lampl still gets a chance to make the trip east, along with Kimberly Yee, as the Cardinal pair beat San Jose State's Tamara Culibrk and Miyo Kobayashi, 6-4, 6-1, in the doubles semifinal.

Lampl and Yee face Cal's Popovic and Olivia Hauger in the championship match following the singles.

Women's golf

The third-ranked Stanford women's golf team surged into the lead after two rounds of the inaugural Pac-12 Preview at Nanea Golf Club.

The 12-team field, which includes 11 Pac-12 schools and Hawaii, played 36 holes Monday.

The Cardinal recorded scores of 294-298 on the hilly, par-73 layout above the Pacific Ocean and has a two-round total of 8-over 592.

Stanford was third after the morning 18, but picked up 10 strokes on Arizona in the afternoon, sharing the low team total with Arizona State. The Sun Devils and Wildcats are tied for second at 10-over 594.

Stanford was led by senior Casey Danielson, who equaled her career-low in the morning by shooting a 5-under 68. She tallied six birdies and only one bogey and is fourth individually at 2-under 144.

Freshman Albane Valenzuela is tied for sixth at even-par 146. She sparkled in the afternoon with a 1-under 72 and played the last 12 holes in 1-under. Valenzuela produced nine-straight pars on the front nine.

Senior Jisoo Keel and freshman Andrea Lee are tied for 21st at 5-over 151. Each carded five birdies during the day.

Senior Quirine Eijkenboom shot 80 in the morning but did not play in the afternoon.

Playing as individuals, junior Shannon Aubert is 12th at 2-over 148 and junior Calli Ringsby is tied for 53rd. Aubert fashioned five birdies in the morning round.

— Stanford Athletics

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