Nov. 8, 2009

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team swept No. 24 Washington State, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22, Saturday at Bohler Gym. The Cardinal improve to 16-7 on the season and 9-4 in Pac-10 play, while the Cougars drop to 16-8 overall and 5-8 in conference action.

Junior Alix Klineman led the team with 18 kills, nine digs and two blocks. Junior Cassidy Lichtman recorded her team-leading 16th double-double of the season with 12 assists and 12 digs, while adding seven kills. Freshman setter Karissa Cook controlled the offense with 27 assists and picked up nine digs in the win. Junior libero Gabi Ailes finished with 25 digs as the Cardinal hit .229, while holding the Cougars to a .108 attack percentage.

Sophomore Stephanie Browne got the Cardinal on the board to start the match, drilling two kills and teaming up with freshman Jessica Walker for a block. Stanford pulled out to a 7-4 lead as Lichtman picked up two kills and senior Janet Okogbaa earned a solo block. The Cardinal extended its lead to 14-7 as Klineman got in on the action recording two kills and junior Gabi Ailes put down an ace. The Cougars cut the Stanford lead to four with a 4-1 run, but Klineman steadied the Cardinal, leading to a 25-17 first-set victory. Stanford hit .310 in the opening set, while holding WSU to a .059 clip. Klineman paced the team with six kills and three digs.

Stanford fell behind early to start the second set, 5-1. The Cardinal used a 3-0 run to cut the lead to one as Okogbaa and Lichtman picked up kills and freshman Hannah Benjamin recorded an ace. Stanford took its first lead of the set as senior Alex Fisher and Klineman recorded three straight kills for the Cardinal. WSU regained the lead 19-18, but a kill by Okgobaa off the block and a solo stuff by Klineman put Stanford back on top, 20-19. The Cardinal closed out the second set with a 4-1 run as Okogbaa and Klineman recorded kills, Fisher and Walker posted a block and Ailes tallied her second ace.

Washington State jumped out to an early 8-3 lead to start the third set, forcing head coach John Dunning to call timeout. Out of the break, Stanford used a 5-0 run to tie the set, including kills by Lichtman and Klineman. The teams traded points as the scored tied nine times before Klineman and Browne recorded consecutive kills to take a 19-17 Cardinal lead. Stanford maintained its two-point advantage as Browne put down another kill and the Cougars recorded a service error. After a WSU timeout, Stanford registered two straight blocks to go up 23-19. Browne downed her ninth kill and the Cardinal completed the sweep, 25-22.

Stanford returns to The Farm for two Pac-10 matches next weekend. The Cardinal faces No. 14 Oregon, Friday, before taking on Oregon State on Saturday. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. from Maples Pavilion.