Stanford Downs Oregon State for Win No. 15
Oct. 4, 2007
Corvallis, Ore. - Led by Cynthia Barboza's 17 kills and ninth double-double of the year, the Stanford women's volleyball team continued its 2007 run in Corvallis, Ore., taking down the Oregon State Beavers 30-21, 30-20, 30-25. The win was the 15th straight for the undefeated Cardinal, and improved the team to 4-0 in the Pac-10. Oregon State fell to 8-9 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10 with the loss.
Junior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo also had a notable night, tallying 15 kills, including the 1,000th of her career, and a team-high seven blocks. Senior setter Bryn Kehoe climbed 44 assists closer to the program's career record, and now stands just 117 assists short of becoming the school's all-time leader. Sophomore Rachel Rourke led the Beavers with 20 kills on the night.
Stanford took control of game one early, using Akinradewo's 998th and 999th career kills and an Akinradewo/Kehoe block to take a quick 5-1 lead. Back-to-back kills by Barboza helped push the score out to 9-3, and, before long, the junior outside hitter was pounding down a kill to make it 18-10. The lead became double-digits on a cross-court kill by Franci Girard at 20-10, and sophomore Janet Okogbaa delivered up two blocks and a kill to help Stanford maintain that lead at 24-14. Stanford hit its largest lead on a Beaver hitting error at 26-15, and again on a block by freshman Cassidy Lichtman to give Stanford game point at 29-18. After three OSU points, Akinradewo made her milestone kill count, pounding No. 1,000 straight to the floor to finish off game one, 30-21. Barboza led the team with six kills in the game, and Stanford out-hit Oregon State .314 to .041.
The Beavers saw their first leads of the match early in game two, but it wasn't long before Stanford righted the ship and was back on top. Freshman Gabi Ailes served an ace to give the Cardinal its first lead at 8-7, and Stanford cruised from there. Ailes' ace became the second step in a 5-0 Cardinal run, and Stanford soon had an 11-7 lead. Rourke, who had eight of the Beavers' 14 kills in game one, added two more to close the gap to one at 14-13, but that was as close as OSU could come. Led by Barboza, the Cardinal calmly put together an 8-2 run that stretched the lead to 22-15. Three points later, Stanford strung together three consecutive points to establish firm control at 26-17, and Klineman put the team one point away with a kill at 29-20. Game two ended at 30-20 on a block by Okogbaa and Klineman, Stanford's 12th team block of the night. Barboza added five more kills in the game to lead the team, and the Cardinal out-hit the Beavers .375 to .026.
Akinradewo was unstoppable in game three, shelling the Beavers with four kills in the first eight points and adding her sixth block to propel Stanford to a 7-2 opening lead. The Cardinal maintained the five-point lead, then surged ahead to 15-8 on another pair of consecutive kills by the junior middle blocker. Stanford's lead was seven again after two Barboza kills at 23-16, but Rourke delivered back-to-back kills of her own to help OSU cut the lead to three at 24-21. After seeing the lead cut to three once again at 26-23, the Cardinal raced ahead and finished things. Klineman gave Stanford game point at 29-23, and two points later a block by Akinradewo and Waller gave Stanford the win, 30-25.
Stanford will finish its Oregon road trip tomorrow, taking on the 19th-ranked Oregon Ducks at McArthur Court in Eugene at 7 p.m.
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