No. 2 Stanford Fights Off No. 7 Washington
Oct. 15, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Alix Klineman led all players Friday night with 32 kills as No. 2 Stanford defeated No. 7 Washington, 24-26, 25-17, 25-16, 32-30, in front of a raucous crowd of 4,256 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal improves to 15-1 and 6-1 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies drop to 15-2 on the season and 4-2 in the conference.
Klineman tallied her seventh double-double of the year, adding 13 digs and five blocks to her stat line. It marked her second 30-plus kills match of the season and the 32 kills was ninth-best in a single match in school history. As a team, Stanford out hit Washington (.383-.268), which entered the match with the best hitting percentage in the nation.
Sophomore outside hitter Hayley Spelman set new career highs with 17 kills on 35 attempts for a .343 attack percentage. Senior setter Cassidy Lichtman posted a season high 59 assists and added 13 digs for her team-leading 10th double-double of the season. Senior libero Gabi Ailes finished with 17 digs, six assists and two aces, while junior Stephanie Browne was 8-0-14 for a .571 hitting percentage.
Stanford jumped out to an 11-8 lead early in the match as Klineman and Spelman combined for five kills. However, a 3-0 run by Washington tied the score at 11-11. Kills by Spelman, Browne and freshman Rachel Williams put the Cardinal back on top for the time being. Unforced errors by the Cardinal allowed the Huskies to rally back and capture the lead, 20-19. The teams continued to trade points until the Cardinal scored three straight to go up 24-22. Washington fought back, scoring the next four points to take the first set, 26-24.
Klineman and Spelman each picked up three kills to start the second as the Cardinal pulled out to a 7-3 advantage. Three consecutive points by Stanford, including a kill and an ace by Lichtman, increased its lead to six. Errors by the Huskies and back-to-back kills by Williams and Browne maintained the six-point lead for the Cardinal, 17-11. Then, the pair teamed up for consecutive blocks to increase the team's lead to eight. Washington cut the lead to 22-17, but kills by Klineman and Spelman and an attack error by the Huskies gave Stanford the 25-17 second-set win. As a team, Stanford out hit Washington .432 to .194 in the set.
In the pivotal third set, Stanford used a 25-16 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Klineman led the team with six kills and a solo block in the set. Browne was 3-3 for the Cardinal, who hit .444 in the third. Errors plagued the Huskies in the set as they racked up six attack errors, three service errors and three reception errors.
The teams traded points in the fourth until Washington scored three straight to take a 9-6 lead, forcing head coach John Dunning to call timeout. Down by two, Klineman and Spelman put down consecutive kills to tie the score at 12-12. More errors by Washington and kills by Williams and Klineman gave the Cardinal a two-point advantage. The Huskies came back to tie the score and the teams traded points until Stanford finally came out on top, 32-30, to win the match.
Stanford will conclude the weekend, Saturday, at it hosts the Washington State Cougars at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The Cougars dropped to 0-6 in the Pac-10 with a four-set loss at California Friday night.