Dec. 4, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. -

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics

The third-seeded Stanford women's volleyball team stormed through the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Friday, with a 3-0 sweep of Albany at Maples Pavilion. Set scores were 25-12, 25-17, 25-15 as the Cardinal improved to 25-3 on the season. The Great Danes end their 2010 campaign with a 22-9 overall record.

Senior setter/hitter Cassidy Lichtman finished one dig shy of triple-double with 13 kills, 14 assists and nine digs to lead the Cardinal. Her nine digs give her exactly 1,000 for her career. Senior Alix Klineman, the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year, finished with a 14 kills on 21 attempts with no errors for a .667 attack percentage. She added 10 digs for her 13th double-double of the season. Sophomore setter Karissa Cook picked up her seventh double-double with 23 assists and 14 digs, while senior libero Gabi Ailes tallied 11 digs and tied her career high with nine assists. As a team, Stanford hit .402, while holding Albany to a .067 clip.

Stanford easily won the first set, 25-12, hitting .483 as a team. The Cardinal held the Great Danes to a .100 clip, while forcing nine errors. Lichtman led the way with seven kills, three assists and five digs in the opening set. Klineman pitched in with five kills and freshman Rachel Williams added two for Stanford. The Cardinal held a 17-9 dig advantage over the Great Danes, who were led by junior Casey Wright and sophomore Dunja Prgomet with three kills apiece.

The Cardinal cooled off a bit in the second set, but still managed a 25-17 victory. Klineman tallied another five digs to bring her total to 10 after two. Licthman continued to lead the team with 11 kills, six assists and six digs after the second set. Stanford recorded six blocks in the set, including four by freshman middle blocker Carly Wopat and three from sophomore Hayley Spelman. Cook totaled nine assists and eight digs in the second. Wright led Albany after two with six kills.

Stanford completed the sweep with a 25-15 win in the third set. Klineman and Spelman paced the Cardinal with four kills each, while Lichtman recorded eight assists. Freshman outside hitter Sam Wopat entered the match in the third and put down two kills on two attempts for Stanford. The Cardinal hit a match-best .481 in the final set, while holding the Great Danes to a .050 attack percentage.

Stanford will be back in action Saturday night as it faces the Colorado State Rams in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Rams rallied back to defeat Cal State Fullerton in five sets in the first match of the evening Friday. First serve between Stanford and CSU is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Maples Pavilion.