Women's Volleyball Signs Three Outstanding Recruits To Class of 2011

Nov. 15, 2006

Stanford Women's Volleyball has signed three outstanding recruits to the Class of 2011, including one of the mostly highly-touted recruits in the history of women's volleyball. Alix Klineman, Cassidy Lichtman and Stephanie Browne will all join the Cardinal next fall, announced head coach John Dunning.

'I would imagine this class will be one of the top recruiting classes in the country,' said Dunning. 'We are obviously very happy to have these three student-athletes joining our program.'

One of the most highly sought after recruits in the history of women's volleyball, Alix Klineman has led her club teams to three silver medals at the U.S. Junior National Championships and her high school squad to the 2004 and 2005 state championships. She was named the 2005 California Gatorade Player of the Year, as well as the 2004 PrepVolleyball.com Sophomore Player of the Year. Klineman was also honored as a 2004 and 2005 PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American. Hailing from Manhattan Beach, CA, Klineman plays for Mira Costa High School and Club Long Beach and was named the 2003 CalHiSports Freshman State Player of the Year. She was a member of the 2006 National Traveling Team that captured a gold medal at the NORCECA U-20 Tournament in Mexico, as well as the Youth National Traveling Team that finished first at the 2004 NORCECA U18 Tournament and fourth at the 2005 U18 World Championships.

'Alix has been a key part of the Junior National Team program for many years,' said Dunning. 'She has international experience, and her club and high school teams have been very successful. Alix has high level skills because she works very hard and has had excellent coaching. She is one of the few players each year who can have a serious impact on the college game.'

From Poway, CA, Cassidy Lichtman attends Francis Parker High School and plays for the San Diego Volleyball Club. She was named the 2005 Coastal League MVP, CIF San Diego Section Division IV MVP and State Championship Division IV MVP after leading her squad to the state championship. Lichtman was also named the 2004 Coastal League MVP and State Championship Division IV MVP after helping her team to the 2004 state championship. She was honored as a 2005 PrepVolleyball.com All-American, Volleyball Magazine All-American and PrepVolleyball.com National Junior of the Year finalist.

'Cassidy is very well coached and has excellent skills,' Dunning said. 'She is one of the best players to come out of San Diego in recent years. Cassidy will be able to play in almost any position on the court, except middle blocker. One of the reasons we are so excited about Cassidy is that she has a very high volleyball IQ.'

Stephanie Browne will head to The Farm from Danville, CA, where she attends for Monte Vista High School and plays for Vision Volleyball Club. Browne has been a USA Youth and Junior National Team member from 2004 to 2006 and was listed on the 'Top 100 Senior Aces' by PrepVolleyball.com in 2006. She helped guide the U.S. Team to the 2004 NORCECA gold medal in Puerto Rico. Browne also guided her Vision squad to a fifth-place finish at the 2006 USA Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships.

'Stephanie has been involved in the Junior National Team program for several years,' said Dunning. 'She is a very experienced and physical middle blocker. Stephanie works very hard and is very serious about volleyball and improving as a player.'

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