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Sports - December 21, 2012

Sports Shorts

ALL-AMERICANS . . . As the setter on the Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball team, senior Cammie Merten pretty much had a hand in which direction the Gators took this season. The fact SHP won the Central Coast Section and NorCal Division IV titles and reached the state championship match says volumes about Merten's contribution to that success. Merten, who surprisingly did not earn first-team honors on the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) honor squad, made up for that oversight by being named a first-team setter on the 2012 MaxPreps Volleyball Small Schools All-American team, released recently. Merten was one of 14 players honored on the squad and one of only two players from California (and the Bay Area) on the team. The other NorCal player was Sarah Wallace of Branson, which won the Division V state title. Merten recorded 241 digs, 867 assists and 43 aces for Sacred Heart Prep, which finished 33-6. Sacred Heart Prep senior Ellie Shannon also was accorded All-American honors by MaxPreps as she was named to the 14-player second team. The 6-foot outside hitter finished with 366 kills, 108 digs, 110 blocks and 95 percent serving (only five service errors). Shannon was the only player from California named to the second team. SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez believes this is the first time the volleyball program has earned All-American honors. Sarah Daschbach, who is a freshman at Princeton this season, was named to the MaxPreps Division IV all-state team in both her junior and senior years at SHP.

SOLD OUT . . . That tough ticket to the showdown between the No. 1-ranked Stanford women's basketball team and No. 2 Connecticut on Dec. 29 in Maples Pavilion just became an impossible ticket as the game is sold out. Stanford will put the nation's longest active home winning streak of 82 games on the line against the Huskies at 1 p.m. The contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. The last time the teams met at Maples Pavilion, on Dec. 30, 2010, Stanford defeated Connecticut, 71-59, to snap the Huskies' NCAA-record 90-game winning streak.

The contest will lead off a doubleheader of Cardinal basketball, as the Stanford men will host Lafayette at 7 p.m. Fans can show their Stanford-Connecticut tickets for a $10 general admission ticket to the men's game.

ON THE COURT . . . The 2013 Bank of the West Classic has received an early holiday gift as four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova and 2011 US Open champ Sam Stosur both have committed to playing in next year's event. With another strong player field in the making, the Bank of the West Classic once again will be the perfect place to see the world's best tennis, July 22-28 at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium. In recognition of these two early commitments the Bank of the West Classic is offering a special holiday promotion. From December 11 until December 31, fans can purchase individual session tickets for the first and second rounds (sessions 1-8) of the 2013 event at 10 percent off the regular ticket price. Simply use the code HOLIDAY when placing your order. This discount is good only for individual first- and second-round tickets and cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. The discount does not apply to tournament packages.


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