No. 11 Stanford Sweeps No. 13 USC At The Galen Center
Oct. 3, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Junior outside hitter Alix Klineman had 24 kills and 11 kills as the No. 11 Stanford Cardinal swept the No. 13 USC Women of Troy, 3-0 (25-23, 35-33, 25-18), in a Pac-10 Conference match at the Galen Center. Klineman hit .357 for the match (24-4-56) while teammate Cassidy Lichtman registered the triple double with 12 kills, 13 assists and 14 digs.
Stanford improves to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10 after sweeping the L.A. schools while USC falls to 13-3 overall and 2-2 in conference. The Cardinal handed the Women of Troy its first home loss of the season.
Senior All-American Jessica Gysin had another strong effort for the Trojans with 19 kills, seven digs and three solo blocks while sophomore Alex Jupiter added another double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams had nine kills while sophomore setter Kendall Bateman had 41 assists and career-high 13 digs.
Gabi Ailes recorded 30 kills for the Cardinal.
Three straight Cardinal errors gave USC a 5-2 lead in the first set. Hannah Benjamin served an ace to tie it at 6-6. Ailes later served another ace as Stanford held the lead, 10-8. Jupiter went back-to-back to start an 8-2 run as USC led 15-12 at the media timeout. The Cardinal came back with three straight as Janet Okogbaa and Stephanie Browne stuffed a USC attempt to tie for a 15-15 score. Down 18-17, Stanford rattled off four straight points with Alex Fisher and Jessica Walker recording the block for the 21-18 Cardinal lead. Klineman put two more down for a 23-20 lead. Williams and Kimmee Roleder blocked a Stanford hit to get within one at 23-22. USC then served into the net before Gysin got another kill. Klineman answered with the set winner from the back row.
Both teams gave the crowd of 1,576 some extra volleyball in the second set. Roleder made it 9-5 in favor of the Trojans. Klineman responded with two kills and back-to-back USC hitting errors tied it at 10-10. Stanford used a 5-2 run to take the 15-13 lead at the media timeout, but USC came back with three straight to retake the lead at 16-15. Klineman used one of her many roll shots on the evening to lead Stanford to a 19-17 score. A service error and hitting error by the Trojans kept Stanford up, 22-20. After Gysin and Roleder tied it, Lichtman hit back-to-back kills for the Cardinal's first set point at 24-22 before Gysin and Jupiter pushed it to a 24-24 tie. USC would battle as Stanford forced four more set points. A Stanford error gave USC its first set point at 29-28. Both teams went back-and-forth as it was USC's turn with five straight set points. Okogbaa tied it at 33-33 and followed with a solo block down the middle after Gysin tried to deliver a backrow attack. Klineman gave Stanford the 2-0 lead to end the long set.
It was a heavy dose of Klineman in the third set as the Cardinal took the 10-4 lead. USC would rally and tie it up at 18-18, but Stanford used a timeout and came out to roll a lucky seven with seven straight points to finish the sweep.
USC travels to UCLA next Friday (Oct. 9) for a Pac-10 Conference match at 7 p.m.
Notes: USC is now 45-5 overall at the Galen Center with three of those losses coming at the hands of Stanford...Jessica Gysin recorded 40 kills this weekend...Alex Jupiter registered a double-double in both matches this weekend and now leads the team with five on the season.
STAN 25-35-25USC 23-33-18
Records: USC (13-3, 3-2), Stanford (9-4, 2-1)Kills: Alix Klineman 24 (STAN), Jessica Gysin 19 (USC)
Team: STAN USC1 .211 .1522 .286 .2373 .283 .176Match .265 .192
USC head coach Mick Haley post-match quotes
'We made the same errors tonight that we made in last night's win against Cal. I did think this was a really good match for us to have to play in and try to come out of and win, but we weren't successful. There were some really good things like having to focus on a long set (in the second) after an emotional five-set match last night. The second set was good to get back into it, but not to finish it was a real mistake. In the third set, we fought back to tie it at 18, (Stanford) took a timeout and we gave up two points quickly which mean we relaxed. It's a matter of mental maturity and responsibility. I think we can learn that if the players stress themselves with that.'
'I think even had we won the second set, we would have been in another five-set match tonight. It would have been back and forth and would have given us some confidence. I don't think we can lose our confidence so quickly just because we didn't play as well as we wanted to. I thought we should have won the first set. We made some sloppy errors. We fought in set two. We had our chances.'