No. 11 Stanford Volleyball Blanks San Jose State, 3-0

Sept. 5, 2009

STOCKTON, Calif. -- The No. 11 Stanford women's volleyball team routed San Jose State, 3-0, in the consolation match of the 31st annual UOP Banker's Classic at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif. The Cardinal improves its overall record to 3-2, while the Spartans remain winless at 0-4. Stanford is now 26-11 all-time against SJSU.

Junior Cassidy Lichtman once again led the offense, posting 10 kills while hitting a career-high .600 (10-1-15). Junior All-American Alix Klineman added eight kills, also hitting a career high .667 (8-0-12), while red-shirt freshman Jessica Walker was 7-0-8 (.875). As a team, Stanford recorded a season-high .420 hitting percentage, holding SJSU to a .094 clip.

Stanford capitalized on San Jose State miscues early, opening with an early 8-4 lead in the first set. In addition to errors by the Spartans, kills from Lichtman and Klineman and a block by seniors Janet Okogbaa and Alex Fisher would give the Cardinal a comfortable 17-9 advantage. Stanford would go on to win set one, 25-12. Lichtman led the team with six kills, hitting .625 (6-1-8) in set one.

A service error by the Spartans and an ace from junior Gabi Ailes gave the Cardinal two quick points in the second set. Walker registered her first kill of the match to give the Cardinal a 4-1 edge. SJSU would hang around, pulling within three of Stanford at 15-12. However, the Cardinal would post four-straight points to put the set out of reach for the Spartans. Walker totaled X kills, while Klineman and Okogbaa each added three in the second.

The third set began with a service error and a net error by the Cardinal, giving the Spartans an early 2-1 edge. However, Stanford would come together and consecutive kills by Walker would tie the score at four all. Stanford would take an 11-7 lead, but SJSU would hang around. Red-shirt sophomore Stephanie Browne would get in on the action, ripping four kills in the third for a 17-12 Cardinal advantage. Stanford would go on to seal the match, 25-17.

Stanford will travel to Hawai'i next week to participate in The Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. The Cardinal will face UT-San Antonio in the opener Thursday, followed by a match with Weber State Friday. Stanford will conclude the tournament with a showdown against fourth-ranked Hawai'i on Saturday.

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