Valencia Xu of Stanford University named Academic All-American

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Valencia Xu of Stanford University named Academic All-American
Valencia Xu of Stanford University named Academic All-American

Sophomore Valencia Xu of Stanford University is named a second-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Communicators. Xu is only one of three sophomores from the country named in this exclusive list. She played most of the season in singles on fives, going 13-6, along with a 3-0 record on fours.

Overall in singles, Xu boasted a 26-8 record. In doubles, Xu partnered primarily with Connie Ma and enjoyed immense success on court three as the pair went 17-3 this spring. Xu finished her season by winning six singles matches in a row and was 3-0 in the NCAA Tournament.

She went 3-1 on the year against ranked opponents. Xu joins Emily Arbuthnott (2019, 2020, 2021), Alice Barnes (2006), Julie Scott (1998), Heather Willens (1993), and Sandra Birch (1989, 1990, 1991) as Stanford players to earn the status of Academic All-America.

This is the first year that tennis is a separate category for the award, having previously been awarded in the at-large category.

About Stanford University

The Stanford University is a private university in the United States of America located in California, in the county of Santa Clara, about sixty kilometers south of San Francisco and adjacent to the city of Palo Alto, effectively extending into the heart of Silicon Valley.

Stanford University opened its doors in 1891, after six years of planning, by the will of benefactors Jane and Leland Stanford who had decided to found a university to educate California boys in memory of their son, who died of typhus in Florence.

The university is also home to the SLAC particle accelerator.
Stanford hosts Stanford Stadium on its campus and has sports teams, called Varsity. There are men's varsity teams in sixteen disciplines: track and field, baseball, soccer, rowing, cross country, American football, gymnastics, golf, wrestling, swimming and diving, basketball, water polo, volleyball, fencing, tennis, and sailing.

There are nineteen women's teams: Track and Field, Rowing, Lightweight Rowing, Soccer, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Golf, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Swimming & Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Basketball, Water Polo, Volleyball, Fencing, Softball, Squash, Tennis and sail.

Photo credits: Stanford University website