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Foresight is 20/20: The art of scouting an opponent

An intense debate has broken out in the Maples locker room of the women’s volleyball team as to whether the numbered dial on the toaster corresponds to the toasting time (in minutes) or some enigmatic level of toastiness. The bagels spring back up, and the distraction means an official verdict is never reached. Each player finds a spot on a couch or the floor and the conversations turn from toasters to Oregon.

Tara VanDerveer: Stanford women’s basketball head coach discusses the season to come

In anticipation of the 2019-2020 season, Stanford women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer sat down, for the second straight year, with The Daily’s Daniel Martines-Krams. Last year’s Pac-12 Tournament champion was picked by the media to finish second to Oregon, who received 19/20 first place votes. The Cardinal, and their No. 2 recruiting class, take to the court Tuesday for the first of two exhibition games.

Andrew Thomas’ next pset: Stanford goalie discusses life on and off the field

Earlier this year, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Thomas was the only collegiate player to be invited to the U-23 Men’s National Team camp. The team highlights the best soccer players from across the nation and is often an indicator of America’s future Olympic and World Cup prospects. His spot on the team followed a decorated season as a redshirt freshman with the men’s soccer team, which is currently ranked fifth in the nation.

Senior Spotlight: Jenna Gray

Through her first three years on the Farm, Jenna Gray has emerged as one of college’s top multi-sport athletes. As the starting setter of the women’s volleyball team, Gray helped lead the Cardinal to two conference championships (2017, 2018) and two NCAA titles (2016, 2018). She has also placed second in javelin at the 2017 NCAA championships.