Kansas men to play a little hoops in Maples Pavilion


The Stanford men's basketball program has announced an agreement on a four-game series with Kansas.

The Cardinal and Jayhawks will meet in each of the next four seasons, beginning Dec. 3 at Allen Field House in Lawrence, Kansas.

"This is great for Stanford and great for college basketball," said Jerod Haase, Stanford's Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men's Basketball. "A four-game series to ensure we have a game in front of our fans at Maples Pavilion is something we worked diligently to execute. We are excited to have the Jayhawks be a part of our nonconference schedule each of the next four seasons."

The original agreement was for two years, with a game in the 2017-18 season slated to be played Dec. 21 at Golden 1 Center, in Sacramento, California.

With Stanford's appointment of Haase, a former standout at Kansas from 1994-97, the two programs agreed on an extended series that includes games in 2018 and 2019.

Stanford will return to Allen Field House in Lawrence on Dec. 1, 2018, and host the Jayhawks at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 29, 2019.

The two teams last met on March 23, 2014, in St. Louis in the NCAA Tournament, where Stanford posted a 60-57 upset over Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16. The Jayhawks lead the all-time series, 8-3.

This season's matchup will be Stanford's first trip to Lawrence, Kansas, since Dec. 18, 1967.

Women's volleyball

Stanford outside hitter Kathryn Plummer earned Pac-12 Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday.

Plummer led Stanford, offensively, to a pair of road sweeps at Arizona State and Arizona last week, averaging a team-best 4.67 kills and 5.17 points per set. She hit a combined .333 in the two matches while also collecting 2.83 digs and 0.50 blocks per set.

At ASU, the Aliso Viejo, California native registered a match-high 13 kills on a .360 attack percentage to go with seven digs, three blocks and an ace. At Arizona, she recorded her team-best eighth double-double with a match-high 15 kills on .312 hitting and 10 digs.

It marks the third freshman of the week honor for Plummer and the 20th all-time for the Cardinal, which is the most in the conference. It is the first offensive honor for the rookie and the 100th player of the week all-time for Stanford.

Stanford closes out Pac-12 Conference play this week, hosting No. 19 Oregon on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Bay Area rival California on Friday at 5 p.m. Cardinal seniors Inky Ajanaku and Kelsey Humphreys will be recognized before the Cal match.

Men's water polo

Sophomore Blake Parrish was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team on Tuesday, to highlight four members of the Stanford men's water polo team recognized in the group's postseason awards.

Parrish was joined on the All-MPSF teams by juniors Cody Smith (second team) and Oliver Lewis (honorable mention), and freshman Bennett Williams (honorable mention). All four members of the Cardinal were first-time MPSF selections.

A driver, Parrish led Stanford in scoring this season, with 48 goals on the year. He finished second in the MPSF in scoring with an average of 2.29 goals per game. The sophomore scored at least one goal in 18 of Stanford's 21 games with multiple scores in 14 contests. He registered a career-high seven goals in the win over Santa Clara during the year.

Smith finished second on the Cardinal roster with 37 goals on the year. Williams made an immediate impact in his first season on The Farm, finishing the year with 21 goals.

Lewis was active in front of the cage, averaging 10.08 saves per match on the year. The junior posted a career-best 16 saves against USC in a home match in September. He started 16 matches in goal for the Cardinal overall, with a 7.75 goals-against average. Lewis recorded double-digit saves in 11 contests on the year.

Stanford, ranked sixth in the latest national poll, concluded its season 13-8 overall with a fourth-place finish in the MPSF Tournament last week.

— Stanford Athletics

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