Post-Match Notes: Stanford vs. Texas
Dec. 19, 2008
With the win, Stanford has reached the NCAA championship match for the third consecutive year. The Cardinal becomes just the third team in Division I history to accomplish the feat. The other two teams are UCLA (1990-91-92) and Penn State (1997-98-99).
Stanford overcame a 2-0 deficit to come back and win the match 3-2. This was the first time in NCAA Tournament history that a team has come back from a 2-0 deficit to win in a national semifinal match.
This was the second time that Stanford defeated Texas 3-2 at the Qwest Center this season. The Cardinal won the earlier matchup on Aug. 31 in the AVCA Showcase.
Stanford is now 14-4 all-time in national semifinal appearances.
Stanford extended its winning streak to 16 matches. The Cardinal has also won 27 of its last 28 contests and have beaten 18 ranked teams this season.
Stanford has won all three five-set matches that it has played this year.
Stanford now leads the all-time series against Texas 15-6.
After hitting just .152 in the first two sets, Stanford came back to hit .436 in the final three sets and finish at a .306 mark for the match.
Coming into the match, Stanford had been holding its tournament opponents to just a .089 hitting percentage. Texas hit .316 for the match, a Stanford opponent season best.
Senior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo had 17 kills and six total blocks, while also hitting .462 for the competition. She is currently hitting .447 for her career. The NCAA DI career record is .423.
Senior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza had 19 kills and 16 digs for her 14th double-double of the year.
Sophomore setter Cassidy Lichtman dished out 57 assists and had 11 digs for her 10th double-double of the year.
Sophomore libero Gabi Ailes had a team-best 18 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Alix Klineman had a team-high 20 kills, while hitting .358 for the contest.
Barboza surpassed the 1,600-career kill mark in the victory.
Akinradewo and Klineman tied for team-high honors with 22.5 points apiece.
Texas is now 2-2 all-time in national semifinal matches.
The loss snapped a 13-match win streak for Texas.
Texas is now 1-3 in five-set matches this year.
Texas tied its season high for digs in a match with 79. The Longhorns also accomplished it in the team's regional win over UCLA on Dec. 12.
Texas had a season-high 77 kills tonight.
Junior opposite Destinee Hooker hit .362 and had a match-high 23 kills and a career-high 21 digs for her sixth double-double of the year.
Freshman setter Michelle Kocher and junior opposite Ashley Engle also added double-doubles for the Longhorns. Kocher handed out 52 assists and added 10 digs for her seventh, while Engle had 11 kills and 10 digs for her sixth.
Senior middle blocker Lauren Paolini finished the evening hitting .406 with 16 kills. She finished the season hitting .478, breaking her own school record for hitting percentage in a season. She finished second on the school's all-time list, hitting .3727493 for her career
Junior libero Heather Kisner joined Hooker in leading all players with 21 digs for the match. Hooker also led all players with 25.5 points.