Nov. 5, 2010

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. - Behind seniors Alix Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman, the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 10 UCLA 25-23, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23, Friday, in front of more than 3,300 fans at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal improves to 19-2 overall and 10-2 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins drop to 17-6 on the season and 7-5 in the conference.

Klineman finished with 20 kills, 12 digs and six blocks for her ninth double-double of the season and surpassed the 1800 career kills mark in the process. Lichtman also registered a double-double with 17 kills, 29 assists, seven digs and five blocks. Sophomore Hayley Spelman was 12-3-22 for a .409 hitting percentage, while freshman Carly Wopat tied her season high with eight blocks.

Senior Gabi Ailes finished with 23 digs and three assists. She now needs just 22 digs to become the seventh player in Pac-10 history to reach the 2,000 career digs plateau. As a team, Stanford hit .252, while holding UCLA to a .181 clip.

The Cardinal edged the Bruins, 25-23, in the opening set as it out hit UCLA .205 to .156. Klineman and Lichtman combined for nine of the team's 15 kills. Klineman also registered six digs and three blocks in the first set, which saw 13 tie scores and four lead changes.

Stanford remained focused in the second set as it downed the Bruins, 25-16, and never trailed. The Cardinal posted a .481 attack percentage while taking advantage of 11 UCLA errors. Spelman led the way offensively in the second with five kills. Lichtman added four kills and seven assists, while Ailes tallied five digs for the second consecutive set.

UCLA forced a fourth set with a 26-24 win in the third. The Bruins held the Cardinal to a .091 clip and just 12 kills in the third. Senior outside hitter Dicey McGraw led UCLA with eight kills in the set, while the Bruins also tallied five blocks. Klineman and Lichtman each recorded four kills for Stanford.

The Cardinal sealed the match with a 25-23 victory in the fourth set. Klineman put down 10 kills in the set and Lichtman registered 10 assists and four kills. Ailes led the defense with nine digs and Stanford out hit UCLA .325 to .250 in the final stanza.

Stanford wraps up the weekend against seventh-ranked USC on Sunday, Nov. 7. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Maples Pavilion.