Ray Holley, a former Orange Coast College tailbck, has signed with the NFL Baltimore Ravens. (FILE PHOTO / May 1, 2013)

San Jose State is 19-5.

— From staff reports

Locals stand out

Three local players helped the USC women's water polo team defeat Stanford, 11-7, to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship in Berkeley on Sunday

The next day, the Trojans were awarded the top seed for the NCAA Championship that begins May 10 at Harvard.

USC (24-1) features junior co-captain Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Harbor High) and seniors Nicolina McCall (Newport Harbor) and Chelsea Silvers (Newport Beach-Mater Dei). Gilchrist's 41 goals rank second on the team. USC opens the national championships against No. 8-seeded Pomona-Pitzer.

Stanford (27-2), the two-time defending NCAA champion, was awarded an at-large berth and the No. 2 seed for the eight-team tournament. The Cardinal feature former CdM standout Kate Baldoni in goal, and has Victoria Kennedy (CdM) and Catherine Carpenter (Newport Harbor) on the roster.

Stanford opens the NCAAs against No. 7-seeded Iona.

UCLA received the other at-large berth and the No. 3 seed. The Bruins (26-6) feature former Newport-Mesa standouts Victoria Kent, Leslee Kaczmarek and Alex Musselman (CdM), as well as Maddy McLaren (Newport Harbor).

UCLA opens its tournament against No. 6-seeded Princeton. The Tigers won their second straight Collegiate Water Polo Assn. Eastern Division championship Sunday, earning the automatic NCAA bid by defeating Michigan, 7-5.

Princeton (26-5) features former CdM standout Diana Murphy, a freshman who has 36 goals, tied for fourth on the team in 2013.

Freshman Presley Pender (Newport Harbor) scored her fourth hat trick of the season for Michigan in the Wolverines' loss. Pender led Michigan with 34 assists to go with 34 goals for the season.

The other first-round matchup pits No. 4 Hawaii (21-9) against No. 5 UC San Diego (25-13). Both teams earned automatic bids, by winning the Big West Conference and Western Water Polo Assn., respectively.

— Matt Szabo

Stalford lauded

Vanguard University sophomore Rachel Stalford was named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week in softball on April 22.

Stalford threw a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Hope International on April 20 and also held No. 3-ranked Cal State San Marcos to one run in six innings of a 1-0 loss April 16.

Stalford finished the season with a 9-12 record and a 2.06 earned-run average. She allowed 104 hits in 1121/3 innings with 72 strikeouts and 20 walks.

— From staff reports