No. 11 Stanford Volleyball Earns 3-1 Win Over USF

Sept. 18, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 11 Stanford women's volleyball picked up a 25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22 win over San Francisco Friday in the team's home opener at Maples Pavilion. Stanford had three players post double-digit kills as it improved its overall record to 6-3, while USF dropped to 5-6 on the year. The Cardinal are now 17-0 all-time against the Dons.

Junior Cassidy Lichtman registered her second triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 20 assists and 14 digs, while junior All-American Alix Klineman posted her second double-double of the year with season high in kills (17) and digs (17) for the Cardinal. Senior Janet Okogbaa also recorded 13 kills as the team hit a .257 clip on the night.

Stanford came out fired up for its first home match, pulling out to an early 9-3 lead. Lichtman, red-shirt freshman Jessica Walker and Okogbaa each registered two kills during the stretch. Feeding of the energy of the crowd, the Cardinal increased its lead to 13-6, forcing the Dons to call a timeout. A 7-3 run by Stanford put the set out of reach for USF as Klineman got rolling, recording three kills and a block assist. Stanford held off six straight USF points to win the set, 25-18 behind Klineman's four kills and six digs.

The Cardinal trailed early in the second set before two kills from Klineman would give Stanford the 9-7 edge. While USF remained close throughout the set, two huge kills by Okogbaa sustained the Cardinal lead. After the Dons tied it at 16, a kill by Lichtman and a block from Walker and freshman Hayley Spelman would once again put Stanford on top. Four consecutive points by the Dons would give them a 21-19 lead as they would go on to tie the match with a 25-22 second set victory. It is the first time USF has won a set against Stanford in the series history.

Stanford would jump out tot a 6-1 lead early in the third, taking advantage of sever USF errors. Freshman setter Karissa Cook was subbed into the set, seeing the court for the first time since the team's season opener against LSU on Aug. 28. The Dons would come back to tie the set at nine keeping the Cardinal in their sights. Two huge kills from Klineman and Lichtman would give Stanford a 16-13 advantage. Keeping its momentum, the Cardinal would be able to hang on to its lead as Klineman totaled four kills in the third to lead the team.

The Cardinal fell behind early in the fourth set, but was able to pull it together to take a 10-9 advantage. Kills by Okogbaa and Cook caught the Dons off guard to increase the lead. Three straight kills by the Cardinal, including two by Okogbaa, pushed the score to 15-12 in favor of the home team. USF would tie it at 16 and eventually take a 21-17 advantage. Klineman would earn a kill and an ace and Lichtman would record a solo block two cut the lead to one. An attack error by the Dons would tie the score at 21 as the Cardinal would regain control of the match and go on to win the fourth set, 25-22.

USF was led by Sarah Mandala who totaled 26 kills as the Dons hit .167 for the match.

Stanford will take on Saint Mary's Saturday to conclude the Pac-10/West Coast Conference Challenge. First serve against the Gaels is set for 4 p.m. PT from Maples Pavilion.

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