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Sports - August 16, 2019

Sports Shorts

CRYSTAL BALL . . . The Stanford women's soccer team was voted the Pac-12 Conference favorite by conference coaches. Stanford, which ranks No.3 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, is the four-time defending conference champion and appeared in the Women's College Cup the past two years. The Cardinal has won eight Pac-12 titles in the last 10 years and 13 all-time. Eight-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year Paul Radcliffe returns two-time espnW Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy winner Catarina Macario and four other All-Pac-12 honorees in Kiki Pickett, Sophia Smith, Naomi Girma and Madison Haley. Macario and Smith are both on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list . . . The two-time defending Pac-12 champion and defending national champion Stanford women's volleyball team enters the season as the conference favorite in a poll of Pac-12 coaches. The Cardinal has won nine of the last 13 conference championships. Stanford returns six starters from last season's squad, which went 34-1 overall and won an unprecedented eighth NCAA title. Among the returners are reigning two-time AVCA Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer, and two-time AVCA First Team All-Americans Jenna Gray and Morgan Hentz. Senior Audriana Fitzmorris is a two-time second team pick, while junior Meghan McClure landed on the honorable mention list in 2018.

READY TO TOUR . . . Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy has always wanted to test his game against the best players in the world. Now, he will have the opportunity. On Sunday, the former Stanford All-America was presented with his 2019-20 PGA Tour card after placing No. 23 on the Korn Ferry Tour. The top-25 on the points list secured promotions. "It's funny," McNealy said. "Growing up, the PGA Tour wasn't really on my radar. It wasn't until halfway through college that I thought I could be good enough to do this. I saw a lot of my teammates and friends make the jump to that next level and started to believe I could do it."

TOP HONORS . . Stanford senior Andrea Lee earned the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading women's player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. As a result, Lee will be awarded exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Women's Open and AIG Women's British Open if she remains an amateur, as well as an invitation to join the 2020 USA Curtis Cup Team.

LACROSSE TRYOUTS . . . NorCal Rize is currently accepting registration for all new and returning girls' lacrosse players between the seventh and 12th grades as of the upcoming school year. Tryouts will be conducted on Sequoia High's Terremerre Turf Field in Redwood City (corner of El Camino Real and James Ave.) on Sunday, Aug. 25 beginning at 10 a.m. for middle school, junior varsity high school and new players. Varsity high school level players will begin tryouts at 1 p.m. The club does not cut players and will find a team to suit every experience level from beginners to advanced. Prospective players can begin the process by visiting the NorCal Rize website.

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