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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Inky Ajanaku had 15 kills and nine blocks and Stanford beat second-ranked Minnesota in four sets Thursday night to reach the NCAA womens volleyball final. Cheap NMDs Real .The 6-foot-6 freshmen hitting duo of Kathryn Plummer and Audriana Fitzmorris combined for 25 kills in the 26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22 victory.Plummer, Fitzmorris and the 6-4 Ajanaku consistently got touches at the net on the majority of Minnesotas attacks. Morgan Hentz and setter Jenna Gray made up the rest of the freshmen quartet that proved vital in leading Stanford (26-7) to its first national final since 2008.People have been talking about our freshmen all week, about whether theyre going to play like freshmen or not, Stanford coach John Dunning said. And what I say is, yeah, they played like freshmen. Theyre really good. Theyre poised for freshmen, and they can handle it and theyre continuing to learn and handle it better.Stanford will face the Nebraska-Texas winner in the final.Down 20-17 in the fourth set, Minnesotas Samantha Seliger-Swenson blocked Stanfords Ivana Vanjak to tie the set at 21. Ajanaku, then, ripped a kill down the middle on the next play to put Stanford ahead for good. At 24-22, Fitzmorris killed an overpass at the net to send the Gophers home.Big Ten Player of the Year Sarah Wilhite led the Gophers with 25 kills on 70 attempts. She had 10 kills in the first set. Freshman Alexis Hart was second on the team with 11 kills, five of which came in the first set.Following a tight first set, the Cardinal defense took over. Plummer, Ajanaku and Fitzmorris assisted on eight blocks in the second set. Gray had three kills on four attempts for Stanford. Kelsey Humphries had eight of her 17 digs in the set.Stanford is a great blocking team, Wilhite said. They played great out there. They played hard. I just think as hitters we really had to mix up our offense and our shots to kind of combat the tall block.Stanford hit just .188 in the match with the Gophers swinging at a rate of .149. The Gophers had won 14 straight games before Thursday. Clearance Adidas NMD . Just as Montreal was settling into the first full working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new head coach. Adidas NMD Sale . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. http://www.clearancenmd.com/ . Collaros, 25, was solid last season, posting a 5-2 record as the starter while incumbent Ricky Ray was injured. Collaros also started Torontos 23-20 regular-season finale loss to Montreal — Ray didnt dress because the Argos had already clinched first in the East Division — but was one of three quarterbacks to play that day.Paris, France (Sports Network) - Swiss icon Roger Federer was an easy second- round winner Wednesday at the 2013 French Open. The second-seeded former world No. 1 superstar dismantled helpless Indian Somdev Devvarman 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in a brisk 82-minute affair on Court Lenglen. Devvarman was a two-time NCAA champion while attending the University of Virginia. "I tried to finish the match quite quickly, because I was afraid it would rain," Federer said. "So I was very focused, and Im very happy for that." Federer boasts a mens-record 254 Grand Slam singles match victories and is now third on the mens Open-Era list with 56 wins at the French. The 31-year-old veteran is the all-time mens leader with 17 Grand Slam singles titles, including last years Wimbledon championship and the 2009 French Open crown. The Swiss great is also a four-time Roland Garros runner-up to Rafael Nadal, who also beat his long-time rival Federer in the Rome Masters finale just two weeks ago. Federers third-round opponent will be quality Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who upset the Swiss legend in Rotterdam earlier this season. Meanwhile, fourth-seeded David Ferrer and sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also secured spots in the third round. Ferrer, a semifinalist at Roland Garros last year, broke serve eight times in routing fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 on the famed red clay in Paris. Montanes was fresh off his clay-court title in Nice. The gritty Ferrer will next take on another compatriot, Feliciano Lopez, who beat Portuguese Joao Sousa by a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 margin. The heavy French crowd favorite and former Australian Open runner-up Tsonga discarded veteran Finnish left-hander Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-3, while 10th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic handled promising Aussie Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 on Day 4. Nieminen was a runner-up in Germany last week. In other second-round play involving top-16 seeds, No. 11 Spaniard Nicolas Almagro drubbed Frances Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 6-4, 6-3, formidable No. 14 CCanadian Milos Raonic defeated quality French left-hander Michael Llodra 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, and No. Adidas NMD Clearance Sale. 15 Frenchman Gilles Simon overcame Uruguays Pablo Cuevas 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Also in the second round, 18th-seeded American Sam Querrey erased Czech Jan Hajek 6-4, 7-5, 6-4; 20th-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi (20) outlasted Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-0, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (2-7), 4-6, 6-3; 23rd-seeded South African slugger Kevin Anderson overcame Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-7 (8-10), 6-1, 7-5, 6-2; 25th-sdeeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy bested Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 7-5, 6-4; a 30th-seeded Benneteau snuck past German Tobias Kamke 7-6 (11-9), 7-5, 5-7, 0-6, 6-4; and 32nd-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo fought back from two-sets-to-love down to beat down Dutchman Igor Sijsling 6-7 (2-7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1. In some first-round action on Wednesday, No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia topped Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 and 24th-seeded rising Frenchman Benoit Paire defeated former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 6-4. Some other second-round results saw flashy French crowd favorite Gael Monfils dismiss talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 and Serb Viktor Troicki outlast Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4. Monfils was last weeks runner-up in Nice. Additional opening-round wins came for Pole Lukasz Kubot and Argentine Horacio Zeballos, who stunned Nadal in a clay-court final in Chile back in February. On Thursday, second-round matches will come for current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and the third-seeded former top-ranked Nadal. Djokovic will play rising Argentine Guido Pella, while the seven-time French Open champion Nadal will encounter Slovak Martin Klizan. Nadal beat the reigning Aussie Open champ Djokovic in last years marquee French Open finale. Thursdays schedule will also feature seventh-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet, Tipsarevic and ninth-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka. ' ' '