No. 6 Stanford Crushes Oregon State In Pac-10 Opener
Sept. 26, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Cynthia Barboza came out with another outstanding performance, helping the Cardinal begin its defense of two Pac-10 titles on the right note tonight at Maples Pavilion. In front of more than 2,000 fans, the senior ripped 15 kills and posted a .462 hitting percentage. Stanford (10-2, 1-0 Pac-10) hit above .300 for the fifth consecutive match, and handed the Beavers just their third loss of the year (11-3, 0-1 Pac-10).
In addition to her hot hitting night, Barboza added to her impressive night by joining Stanford's all-time top-10 servers with her 104th career ace. Sophomore Alix Klineman also had a solid night, turning in 11 kills, and senior Foluke Akinradewo added eight kills and three blocks. Sophomore setter Cassidy Lichtman tallied 25 assists over the three sets.
Junior outside hitter Bree Knitter led Oregon State with 10 kills and a .474 hitting percentage on the night. The Cardinal outhit Oregon State .371 to .133, marking the sixth match in a row that Stanford has held an opponent below .200.
Stanford took the first three points of set one, and with the help of Barboza's initial kills, the team soon had a 9-3 lead. The Beavers cut the lead to three on a Rathgeber kill at 10-7, but could come no closer. Senior opposite Erin Waller and Klineman each had two kills to help Stanford take six of the next eight points, 16-9, and Akinradewo and Lichtman teamed up for their second block of the night to push the lead to 19-10. Stanford forged ahead, and the Beavers could do nothing but fight to keep the lead in single digits. Junior middle blocker Janet Okogbaa picked up two kills and a solo block for the final three points of the opening set, sealing the win, 25-16. Barboza led all players with four set-one kills, and Stanford hit .452 while holding Oregon State to just six kills and a .000 hitting percentage.
Two more Barboza kills and more OSU hitting errors made for an 8-2 Stanford run early in the second set, and the Cardinal took a quick 10-5 lead. At 12-7, Barboza served the 104th service ace of her career. The Beavers crept back within two at 12-10, but Stanford would have nothing of a close set. By 15-10, the Cardinal had its five-point lead back, and after another Oregon State hitting error capped a 4-0 Cardinal run, the margin was 20-12. Barboza slammed her ninth kill of the night to give Stanford set point at 24-15, and Alex Fisher entered the match and chipped in the winning point, 25-16. Barboza added five kills to her tally in the second set, and Stanford led in the set-two hitting column, .500 to .269.
Akinradewo drove two kills to the floor to set the tone for set three, and the Cardinal jumped out to another early lead, 8-3. Stanford held on and a Beaver error sent the set to the media break at 15-9. Oregon State used the timeout to its advantage, however, stopping the Stanford momentum by taking seven consecutive points out of the break. Incensed by the comeback, Barboza demolished an overpass to stop the run and tie at 16. The senior then pounded kills for the next two Cardinal points, giving the Cardinal back the lead and giving the team the energy to race ahead. A Beaver service error and a Klineman kill helped Stanford build back a three-point lead at 21-18, by Oregon State wouldn't let down. The Beavers battled back to tie at 23 on a kill by Lauren Rinderknecht, forcing Stanford to take a timeout. Lichtman finished a long rally with her fifth kill to take set point at 24-23, and a Beaver attempt sailed deep to end things, 25-23.
Stanford returns to the court tomorrow night, taking on No. 11 Oregon to conclude its first weekend of Pac-10 play. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.