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1995 NCAA championship semifinalist team, including all starters, have returned to join VanDerveer in another run toward a national title. (Stanley is coaching women’s basketball at Cal.) Even in VanDerveer’s absence the Cardinal women reached the Final Four for the fifth time in the 1990s (one of only three teams to do so). They won the seventh Pac-10 championship in eight years; and set a record of 29-3 (18-0 in conference play). In Stanford’s five Final Four appearances, the team has won two national titles. VanDerveer’s time off was well spent. She led the USA Women’s National Team to an undefeated year of international play. Their crowning glory was a gold medal in Atlanta. The 1996 Cardinal women got a well-earned lagniappe during the fall ­ a five-game overseas trip, which the NCAA permits once every four years. In 1992, it was to France. This time, the team went to Italy. Both trips were funded by a devoted ­ but anonymous ­ Stanford supporter.

Women’s Tennis Gets Lift  The upgraded stadium will not hurt for local talent. Three stellar frosh are joining Coach Frank Brennan’s women’s tennis team. Lilia Osterloh, from Columbus, Ohio, is the No. 1 ranked junior in the world, and was the Wimbledon Junior doubles champion. At the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival in Colorado, Teryn Ashley, from Chestnut Hill, Mass.,

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