No. 11 Stanford Volleyball Downs Saint Mary's

Sept. 19, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 11 Stanford women's volleyball defeated Saint Mary's, 25-13, 25-14, 12-25, 25-19, Saturday at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. Stanford is 7-3 overall as it goes into conference play next week, while SMC also stands and 7-3 on the year.

Two-time All-American Alix Klineman picked up her 1,000th career kill in the opening set Saturday. The junior finished with 11 kills in the match for a career total of 1,009. Junior Cassidy Lichtman turned yet another solid performance with 17 kills and seven digs for the Cardinal, while junior libero Gabie Ailes totaled 19 digs and a career high four service aces. Stanford hit .266 for the match, while SMC posted a .185 clip.

The Cardinal came out sluggish to start the first set, falling behind 5-2. However, five straight kills by Stanford, including three from Lichtman gave the Cardinal its first lead of the match. Putting Stanford ahead, 13-9, Klineman pounded her 1,000th career kill. A 7-1 run by Stanford would push the lead to 19-10, eliminating any chance for the Gaels. The Cardinal would claim the opening set, 25-13, as Lichtman would lead the team with six kills and two block assists.

Stanford was able to take advantage of attacking errors by SMC to take a 6-4 lead in the second set. Two consecutive solo blocks from senior Janet Okogbaa and Lichtman, and another miscue by the Gaels would add to the Cardinal lead. Ailes showed off her serving skills, registering two straight aces, while leading Stanford in a 5-0 run. Two consecutive blocks from Klineman and red-shirt freshman Jessica Walker put the Cardinal up 22-10 over the Gaels. Stanford would win the second set, 25-14, on a solo block from Okogbaa.

Saint Mary's would come out fired up after the break, taking a 7-3 lead over Stanford. Kills by Okogbaa and Klineman kept the Cardinal close, and a diving dig by Ailes that led to a kill by Lichtman from the back row tied the set at 11. The Gaels would go a 7-1 run, forcing the Cardinal to call timeout, but the damage was done. SMC would take the third, 25-12, force the match to continue.

The Cardinal began the fourth with a 5-0 lead as Lichtman registered two kills and a block assist. Stanford kept its foot on the gas, pulling out to a 9-2 advantage before SMC would cut the lead to two at 14-12. Errors by the Gaels would provide a cushion for the Cardinal. Red-shirt sophomore Stephanie Browne recorded four of her 10 kills in the fourth as Stanford pulled past SMC, 25-19, for the victory.

Stanford will open the Pac-10 season next Friday, Sept. 25 at Bay Area rival California. First serve against the Bears is set for 7 p.m. as the match will be televised live by FSN.

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