Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics

SEATTLE - In a complete team effort, the No. 2 Stanford women's volleyball team won a 3-1 decision at No. 11 Washington, 21-25, 26-24, 25-22, 26-24 in front of more than 4,000 fans at Hec-Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle. The Cardinal move to 22-2 overall and 13-2 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies fall to 18-7 on the season and 7-7 in the conference.

Senior Alix Klineman led the Cardinal with 24 kills and 10 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Senior setter/hitter Cassidy Lichtman recorded her second triple-double of the season with 12 kills, 30 assists and 13 digs, while senior libero Gabi Ailes posted a season-best 27 digs for her fifth 20+ digs match of the year. Sophomore setter Karissa Cook added her sixth double-double for the year with 24 assists and a new career high 20 digs. As a team, Stanford out hit Washington .289 to .241.

Stanford dropped the first set, 25-21, after hitting .211 and allowing Washington to post a .300 attack percentage. Errors hurt the Cardinal in the opening set as it tallied five attack errors and three service errors. Klineman, Lichtman, Spelman and freshman Carly Wopat all recorded three kills in the first. Ailes led the defense with eight digs. Senior outside hitter Kindra Carlson led the Washington attack with seven kills.

The second set was a battle from the beginning, but the Cardinal managed to escape with a 26-24 win to tie up the match. Klineman led the way with six kills as the team posted a .271 attack percentage. Spelman added four kills, while Lichtman and Wopat each chipped in with three kills apiece. Cook and Ailes anchored the defense with six and five digs, respectively. Senior outside hitter Becky Perry paced the Huskies with seven kills in the second set.

The third set mirrored the second as there were 12 tie scores and three lead changes. With the Cardinal trailing by one, two consecutive attack errors by the Huskies put the Cardinal back on top, 23-22. From there Klineman and Spelman registered back-to-back kills to give Stanford the 25-22 third-set win. Ailes totaled 10 digs in the set, including three consecutive pancake digs during an early rally. Klineman continued to lead the team with four digs in the third, while Spelman added three for the Cardinal. Stanford held Washington to a .067 attack percentage in the set.

The fourth set proved to be yet another nail biter as Stanford edged Washington 26-24. The Cardinal found itself trailing 22-24, but Klineman went to work drilling four consecutive kills to seal the win for Stanford. Both teams hit over .400 in the fourth, and the Cardinal tallied a season-high 89 digs on the night.

Up next, Stanford will battle Bay Area rival California on Friday, Nov. 19 in Berkeley with first-place in the Pac-10 on the line. First serve is schedule for 7 p.m. from Haas Pavilion.