Oct. 3, 2009

LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 Stanford women's volleyball team earned its first Pac-10 win, Friday, at No. 16 UCLA, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20, in front of a crowd of 1,875 in Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Stanford is now 1-1 in the Pac-10 and 8-4 overall, while UCLA drops to 1-2 in the conference and 11-5 overall. The Cardinal remains undefeated against the Bruins in the John Dunning era.

Junior All-American Alix Klineman led the team with 23 kills on a season-high 65 attempts. She also added 10 digs, earning her third double-double of the season, and a season-high five solo blocks. Junior Cassidy Lichtman was one kill shy of a triple-double, totaling nine kills, 10 assists and 16 digs. As a team, Stanford hit an even .200, while holding the Bruins to a .137 clip.

Stanford fell behind in the opening set, 6-1, forcing head coach John Dunning to call a quick timeout. Out of the break, the Cardinal earned three points on a kill from red-shirt sophomore Stephanie Brown and two service errors by the Bruins. A four-point run by UCLA increased its lead to 13-5, and Stanford failed to get its offense in synch for much of the first set. Errors by the Bruins and a run by the Cardinal, which included kills from freshman Hayley Spelman, red-shirt senior Alex Fisher and senior Janet Okogbaa brought the Cardinal within four, 24-20, but it was not enough as UCLA captured the first set, 25-20.

Junior Cassidy Lichtman earned her first kill of the match in the second set as Stanford once again trailed UCLA. Two attack errors on the Bruins pulled the Cardinal within one at 5-4. Klineman's second solo block of the match tied the set at eight. Stanford would take its first lead of the match at 10-9 on an attack error by UCLA. A service ace by red-shirt freshman Jessica Walker put Stanford up 17-13, and the Cardinal went on to win the second, 25-20.

Klineman opened the third with six kills, tying the set at eight. UCLA would pull ahead, 15-9. Stanford would post six straight points, including two kills and two block assists by Browne, to pull within one. The Cardinal would take the lead on a kill by freshman setter Karissa Cook. Stanford would take advantage of UCLA miscues and increase its lead to 20-17 and go on to take the third, 25-21. Klineman totaled nine kills in the set. As a team, Stanford registered five blocks in the third set.

The fourth set remained close at the beginning, as the score was tied four times. Stanford pulled ahead, 10-7, on a huge spike by Okogbaa. The Cardinal would go up 15-10, getting two solo blocks and two kills from Klineman. UCLA would make a run of its own to come within three, 17-14, but another huge kill by Okogbaa would give Stanford the cushion it needed, capturing the set 25-20. The victory marked the Cardinal's first win over a ranked opponent this season.

Stanford will take on No. 13 USC at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Saturday, at 7 p.m. The match against the Trojans will be televised by FSN.