No. 7 Stanford Stuns No. 3 Washington, 3-2
Oct. 10, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 7 Stanford women's volleyball team upended third-ranked Washington (19-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12), Saturday, in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal, winners of four straight matches, are now 11-4 on the season (4-1 Pac-10), while the Huskies lose their first match of the year and stand at 15-1 (5-1 Pac-10).
Senior Janet Okogbaa led the offense, setting a new career high with 21 kills, hitting .528. Junior Alix Klineman totaled 14 kills and five blocks, while freshman setter Karissa Cook finished with a season-high 45 assists and added 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. As a team, Stanford hit .257 for the match and defeated its third straight ranked opponent.
Klineman got the Cardinal started drilling the matches first kill. With the score tied at four, the Huskies put up four straight points before Okogbaa ended the run. Stanford then scored five consecutive points, capped off by an ace from junior Cassidy Lichtman for a 9-8 Cardinal lead. Washington would regain the lead, outscoring Stanford 9-4. Two straight points by the Cardinal, including a block by Okogbaa and Cook, cut the Huskies' lead to two. Washington would pull away once again, 20-15, putting the set out of reach for Stanford. The Huskies hit .500 and posted 20 kills in the first set.
The Cardinal opened the second set with a 3-0 lead as Klineman and sophomore Stephanie Browne registered kills, and freshman Jessica Walker recorded a solo block. Five consecutive points by the Cardinal, including two kills and a huge solo block by Okogbaa, increased the lead to 10-3. UW would fight back, but two more kills from Klineman and an ace by Gabi Ailes would push the Stanford advantage to 18-8. Okogbaa's 10th kill of the match gave the Cardinal the cushion it needed as Stanford handed UW its first set-loss of the 2009 season. The Cardinal hit. .344 in the set, while holding the Huskies to a .128 clip.
Stanford took advantage of UW errors to open with a 3-1 lead to start the third set. Washington would regain the lead, but a service error by the Huskies and an ace from Klineman would tie the set at nine. Three consecutive kills by the Cardinal, including two from Browne, put Stanford back on top, 12-11. After errors by both teams, UW stole the lead back, 18-16. Browne kept the Cardinal close, earning her sixth and seventh kills of the match. Stanford pulled within one, 21-20, after Okogbaa downed another kill and posted a solo block. A crafty kill from Klineman tied the set at 22, forcing Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin to call timeout.
The Cardinal fell behind early to start the fourth set, 6-2. Errors by the Huskies brought the Cardinal within one at 8-7. Stanford would use two kills by Lichtman and one each from Okogbaa and Browne to keep pace with the Huskies. A solo block by Klineman would tie the set at 15. The Cardinal would take a 17-15 advantage as Okogbaa drilled her 17th kill, giving the senior a new career high. The Huskies would take the lead back, but a kill from Klineman and to attack errors by UW would put Stanford ahead 20-19. More errors by both teams led to a tie score at 23 all. Two straight kills by Okogbaa finished the Huskies off as Stanford won the fouth, 25-23.
Okogbaa downed her 20th kill of the match and recorded two straight blocks to put Stanford up 7-4 in the final set. UW would fight back, but another kill by Klineman would sustain the Cardinal lead at 9-7. Two kills by Browne and Okogbaa gave the Cardinal a 13-11 lead. Lichtman's 11th kill and a block by Okogbaa and senior Alex Fisher sealed the deal for Stanford, capturing the final set 15-12.
Up next, the Cardinal hits the road again, traveling to Oregon State, Friday, Oct. 16, and No. 11 Oregon, Saturday, Oct. 17. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.