No. 10 Stanford Volleyball Drops 3-0 Match To No. 6 Hawai'i
Sept. 13, 2009
HONOLULU, Hawai'i -- The No. 10 Stanford women's volleyball team had its three-match win streak snapped by sixth-ranked Hawai'i, 27-25, 25-21, 25-22, on the final day of the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The Cardinal drop to 5-3 on the season, while the Rainbow Wahine stand at 7-2.
Senior Janet Okogbaa led the Cardinal offense with 14 kills, hitting .565. Juniors Alix Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman totaled 11 and seven kills, respectively, while junior libero Gabi Ailes added 13 digs in the loss. Stanford hit .314, while allowing Hawai'i to post a .392 clip. Okogbaa, Lichtman and Ailes were each named to the all-tournament team.
Both teams came out fired up as they traded points back and forth until the Cardinal were able to put up three straight due to miscues by the Rainbow Wahine. Kills from Klineman and red-shirt freshman Jessica Walker increased the Cardinal lead to 12-7. Two aces by Hawaii's Aneli Cubi-Otineru would tie the set at 13. Two consecutive kills from Okogbaa would tie the score again, this time at 21. With the set point on the line for the Rainbow Wahine, Klineman would come through for the Cardinal to tie the score at 24. However, a service error by the All-American and a kill by Hawai'i would seal the first set for the Rainbow Wahine, 27-25. Overall, the opening set would see the score tie 13 times as four different Cardinal players would amass at least three kills.
The second set picked up right where the first one left off with both teams trading points. Stanford would pull out to a 6-3 lead, taking advantage of Hawai'i errors. Kills from Okogbaa and Lichtman would maintain the lead at 9-6, but the Rainbow Wahine would outscore the Cardinal 8-2 forcing head coach John Dunning to call timeout. Out of the break a huge block from Walker and freshman Hayley Spelman would end UH's scoring run. Unfortunately, the damage was done and Stanford would be unable to overcome the deficit.
The Rainbow Wahine would outscore the Cardinal 4-0 before a kill by Okogbaa would put Stanford on the board. Another run by Hawai'i would add to its lead, but three straight Cardinal points would cut it to 9-7. Okogbaa would lead the Stanford offense in the third, registering six kills, but the Cardinal would be unable to make up for lost points, dropping the third set, 25-22.
Stanford will return to the Farm for its home openers Friday, Sept. 18 against San Francisco and Saturday, Sept. 19 versus Saint Mary's as part of the Pac-10/West Coast Conference Challenge. First serve against the Dons is set for 7 p.m. PT from Maples Pavilion.