Oct. 3, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - -

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics

The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team swept No. 11 Oregon, 25-10, 25-16, 25-21, Saturday at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal remains undefeated on the season with a 13-0 record and a 4-0 mark in the Pac-10, while the Ducks drop to 14-2 and 2-2 in the conference.

Senior Alix Klineman led the team with 17 kills on 33 attempts with just two errors for a .455 attack percentage. Senior libero Gabi Ailes tallied 18 digs and a career high five aces. Sophomore Hayley Spelman and freshman Rachel Williams posted identical .389 attack percentages (9-2-18). As a team, Stanford hit .443, while holding Oregon to a .223 clip.

Stanford came out fired up as Ailes put down four aces and the Cardinal jumped out to a 9-0 lead. Klineman and junior Stephanie Browne each picked up two kills during the opening run. Unforced errors by Oregon allowed Stanford to increase its lead to 18-7. The Cardinal closed out the set with a 7-3 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Stanford hit .435 in the opening set and never trailed on the scoreboard.

The Cardinal pulled ahead 8-3 to begin the second set. Klineman registered two kills, while Lichtman, Browne and Spelman each tallied one. Stanford increased its lead to 14-6 as Spelman recorded three consecutive kills for the Cardinal. Oregon went on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 19-12. However, Stanford went on to win the second set, 25-16. Klineman had 11 kills and Ailes totaled 17 digs after two sets.

Stanford took an early 13-9 lead in the third as five different players registered at least one kill. Oregon cut the lead to one at 13-12, but Stanford went on a 3-0 run to give itself a cushion. Errors by the Ducks and two kills by Klineman gave the Cardinal an eight-point advantage. Oregon fought back to cut the lead to 23-20, but Klineman finished them off for a 25-21 third-set win.

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Stanford continues Pac-10 play next week in Los Angeles as it faces No. 4 USC on Friday, Oct. 8 and No. 12 UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 9. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.