Okogbaa Leads Stanford To 3-0 Rout Of UTSA
Sept. 10, 2009
HONOLULU, Hawai'i -- The 10th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team swept Texas-San Antonio, (25-17, 25-11, 25-9), in the opening match of the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The Cardinal improves to 4-2 on the season, while the Roadrunners fall to 3-6 overall.
Senior Janet Okogbaa registered new career highs with 16 kills, hitting a career-best .842 (16-0-19). Juniors Alix Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman had seven kills apiece as four Cardinal players hit .500 or better. For the second straight match, Stanford recorded a new season high hitting percentage (.554), while holding its opponent to just .098 for the match. The Cardinal recorded just one error for the match (42-1-74).
Stanford opened the match with a commanding 7-2 lead over UTSA with five different Cardinal players earning kills. The Roadrunners would pull within five, but an 8-5 run by the Cardinal would put the set out of reach for UTSA. Okogbaa paced Stanford in the first with eight kills, hitting .889 (8-0-9). As a team, Stanford hit .500 (16-1-30) for the set.
The Cardinal took advantage of several attack errors by the Roadrunners to begin the second set with a 5-0 lead. Okogbaa continued her hot hitting, pounding three straight kills for an 11-3 Cardinal advantage. The Roadrunners would be unable to overcome the deficit as the Cardinal led by as many as 14 points to capture the second set 25-11. Okogbaa tied her career high, posting her 12th kill of the match during the second set.
Keeping its momentum, Stanford opened the third set with a 9-3 advantage over UTSA, including three kills from red-shirt senior Alex Fisher. Klineman and red-shirt freshman Jessica Walker each posted solo blocks to push the Cardinal lead to 13-5. The Roadrunners would come within nine of the Cardinal, but Stanford's size and power would prove to be too much as the Cardinal won set three, 25-9. Okogbaa totaled four kills in the third set to earn her new career high.
Stanford will take on Weber State Friday at 5 p.m. HT at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The Wildcats faced No. 6 Hawai'i in the second match of the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge Thursday evening.
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