No. 10 Stanford Volleyball Takes Out Weber State, 3-0
Sept. 11, 2009
HONOLULU, Hawai'i -- The No. 10 Stanford women's volleyball team defeated Weber State, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16, on the second day of the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The Cardinal is now 5-2 overall, while the Wildcats drop to 1-8.
Junior Cassidy Lichtman posted her fourth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 14 assists. Junior All-American Alix Klineman totaled five kills, six digs and two service aces for the Cardinal, while junior libero Gabi Ailes had 10 digs and a season-high five assists. As a team, Stanford hit .319, while Weber State was held to a .081 clip.
Stanford opened the match with a 6-4 lead over Weber State with kills from red-shirt freshman Jessica Walker and senior Alex Fisher. With the set tied at eight, the Wildcats would register three straight points to take an 11-8 lead, forcing the Cardinal to call timeout. In addition to an attack error on the Wildcats, Stanford would get kills from Klineman and sophomore Stephanie Browne to tie the set at 11. The Cardinal would pull ahead on a kill by Lichtman. Errors by WSU would increase the Stanford lead and provide momentum to close out the set 25-16.
The Cardinal kept its momentum in the second, opening with a 6-2 lead, including kills from Klineman, Lichtman and freshman Hayley Spelman. Two consecutive blocks from Walker and Fisher would push the Stanford lead to 12-6. Weber State would make a run of its own to pull within three on multiple occasions, but the Cardinal would hold off the Wildcats' attack to win set two, 25-20. Klineman recorded four kills in the second, while Lichtman and Okogbaa each added three to lead the Cardinal offense in set two.
Stanford fell behind early in the third, but offense from Browne and Okogbaa would eventually give the Cardinal an 8-6 edge. A solo block from Walker and another kill by Lichtman would add to Stanford's lead at 16-9. Two straight kills by Browne would put the set out of reach for the Wildcats as the Cardinal would go on to capture set three, 25-16.
Stanford will close out the three-day tournament with a match against sixth-ranked Hawai'i. The Rainbow Wahine swept Weber State Thursday and faced Texas-San Antonio following the Cardinal's match Friday night.