Alix Klineman Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sept. 4, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal freshman Alix Klineman has been named the Pacific-10 Player of the Week, as announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen earlier today. The outside hitter helped Stanford to three wins over ranked opponents this weekend, leading the team with 4.80 kills per game.
Playing in her first collegiate tournament, Klineman immediately rose to the top and made the difference for the Cardinal. Behind Klineman's consistent offense, the team swept through the competitive Diet Coke Classic in Minnesota, taking down three ranked opponents in less than 72 hours. Against No. 12 San Diego, Klineman led Stanford to a three-game sweep with 16 kills and a career high .414 hitting percentage. The next afternoon, she posted her first career double-double, with 17 kills and 14 digs in the team's four-game win over No. 9 Minnesota. In the tournament championship game against No. 23 Ohio, Klineman pounded down a game-high 15 kills to lead Stanford to a sweep of the undefeated Bobcats and improve to 4-0 on the year. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native hit .301 for the weekend, led the Cardinal with 48 kills in 10 games, and was one of three Stanford players named to the All-Tournament Team.
The honor is the first of Klineman's career, as the newcomer nabbed the first Player of the Week award of the 2007 season, and the 59th overall for Stanford.
The Cardinal opens the home season on Thursday, hosting Saint Mary's at 7 p.m. as part of the Stanford Invitational. The team continues action Friday and Saturday night against Cal Poly and BYU, both at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.