No. 5 Stanford Sweeps WSU Volleyball
Nov. 2, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. -- The Washington State volleyball team was swept by the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal 25-12, 25-19, and 25-22, Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion as the Cougars played their fifth consecutive ranked team, and the third on the road.
Washington State, now 7-15 overall, 0-11 in Pac-10 play, was led by Jackie Albright's 11 kills. Brittany Tillman added eight kills and two blocks and Brittany Johnson had six kills and two blocks. Emily Rooney contributed six kills and two aces. Freshman setter Breann Nesselhuf had 25 assists and Kelly Hyder had 10 digs.
Stanford, 19-3 overall, 10-1 in conference action, was led by Cynthia Barboza's 13 kills (.414) and Alex Klineman's 10 kills (.364). Stanford setters Cassidy Lichtman and Joanna Evans combined for 37 assists. Foluke Akinradewo and Lichtman each had four blocks and Gabi Ailes had 19 digs. The Cardinal hit .404 for the match but had 10 service errors.
The Cardinal led the first set from the first serve and went on to a 25-12 win. Four of the Cougar points came from Stanford service errors. SU hit .400 while WSU hit -.067, landing only five kills in 30 attacks.
Stanford had a five-point run early in the second set and was up 24-15 when Washington State mounted a charge, scoring four consecutive points before a service error end the set 25-19 Stanford. WSU improved to a .219 hitting percentage with Albright landing seven kills in this set.
WSU took a 10-8 lead in the third set that was tied 11 times. Stanford scored a pair of points to go ahead 18-16, when the teams traded kills until the Cardinal committed a service error and a ball handling error to knot the score at 22-each. Stanford scored the final three points to win the set, 25-22.
'We helped Stanford out a little bit in the first two sets as far as not coming out with the same intensity that we had against Cal,' WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. 'We were a little shaky in that our passing wasn't as solid and our movement of the ball wasn't as good today and we need to continue to work on that. We made some adjustments in the third set and were able to slow the ball down. But the last two points of the set were made off of our errors and we can't do that against a team like Stanford. As we try and turn to corner and become a team that can win, the intensity level has to be the same every time we come out. We don't have anything to lose when we play and we should be the most relaxed team out here.'
Washington State hosts No. 9 UCLA (15-7, 5-6) Friday, Nov. 7, and No. 12 USC (13-7, 6-5) Sunday afternoon. The Cougars play five of their last seven matches at home in Bohler Gym.