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Sports - December 24, 2010

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SOCCER HONOR . . . Stanford senior forward Christen Press was named Soccer America's Women's Player of the Year on Wednesday. Press became the second straight Cardinal to win the award, following Kelley O'Hara last year. Press came out of O'Hara's shadows, leading the nation in goals (26), points (60) and scoring 10 game-winning goals. She also broke Stanford career records in goals (71), assists (41), and points (183). "It was great experience playing with Kelley," said Press. "I learned so much from her. And we definitely had a great connection. This year, we've been attacking as a team a lot more and we have people coming from all positions and all angles. Rachel Quon comes up the outside, Teresa Noyola sneaks up the middle, so it's opened up a lot of opportunities for all of our team to put balls in the back of the net." Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said Press's influence extended to beyond the playing field. "Christen has emerged as a fantastic leader," he said. "Everyone talks about what a talented player she is, but for me, her leadership skills have been tremendous this year. She really cares about everyone on the team, she works so hard in training, and she's an example for all the younger players. She has really emerged as a great leader and that's been a big part of our success." The honor was the third time for a Stanford player, as Soccer America named Julie Foudy the Player of the Year in 1991.

STANDOUT YEAR . . . Freshman Erin McLaughlin from Castilleja School has been honored for her stellar play after helping the New York University women's volleyball to an outstanding season. McLaughlin was named second-team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) in her first collegiate season. She also was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA New York Regional, leading NYU to a berth in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Tournament. McLaughlin played in 127 sets at outside hitter, finishing second on the Violets in kills (342), kills per set (2.69) and service aces (68) and third on the team in digs (356). She played at her best when it mattered most, finishing first in UAA play in service aces per set (0.62), 12th in digs per set (3.30) and 16th in kills per set (2.47). With McLaughlin's help, NYU finished the season seventh in Division III in kills per set (13.59). NYU advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and ended the season ranked No. 12 in Division III. The Violets posted a record of 38-6, their highest win total since 2004, when they reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. The squad captured five tournament championships, hosted the New York Regional of the NCAA Tournament and defeated then-No. 1-ranked Washington University, 3-2, in one of the biggest wins in school history.

COACH HONORED . . . Stanford women's volleyball associate head coach Denise Corlett has been named the Division I National Assistant Coach of the Year, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced. Corlett, now in her 22nd season with the Cardinal and her 15th as the associate head coach, helped Stanford to another impressive campaign. The Cardinal reached the NCAA quarterfinals, where it lost a tough 3-2 decision to Pac-10 rival USC. Stanford, with Corlett's assistance, rattled off a 27-4 record this season and earned a share of the Pac-10 title with a 15-3 league record, the fifth straight for the program. In Corlett's tenure on The Farm, the Cardinal has compiled a 619-103 (.857) record and has captured 13 league titles and six national championships. She has also helped guide 21 players to 55 AVCA All-America awards and seven players have earned national player of the year honors during her time on The Farm.


The St. Elizabeth Seton School Athletic Director Rudy Lopez is in need of girls' basketball coaches for grades 4, 5 ,6 & 7. The basketball season runs January-March. The girls participate in the Menlo Park Recreation League and the games are played at the Burgess Recreation Center. The coaching commitment involves two afternoons a week (after school), one hour a week for practice and 1-2 hours for pregame practice/game day. Those interested can contact Mr. Lopez at


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