Klineman Leads No. 5 Stanford To Season-Best Fifth Straight Victory

Oct. 16, 2009

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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- After dropping the opening set, the fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated Oregon State (22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19), Friday, in Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. The Cardinal, winners of a season-high five straight matches, are 12-4 overall (5-1 Pac-10), while the Beavers drop to 11-7 and 2-4 in Pac-10 play. Stanford remains undefeated against Oregon State, holding a 49-0 all-time record against the Beavers.

Junior All-American Alix Klineman paced the Cardinal with 20 kills and 17 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Junior libero Gabi Ailes set a new career-high with 32 digs for the Cardinal, while Cassidy Licthman chipped in with 17 kills and 16 digs for her team-leading 11th double-double on the year. Freshman setter Karissa Cook controlled the offense with a season-high 49 assists, while adding 11 digs giving the rookie her fifth straight double-double of the season. As a team, Stanford hit .215, while Oregon State finished the match hitting .157.

Stanford opened the match with an 8-3 lead, which included two kills from Lichtman. The Cardinal increased its advantage as senior Janet Okogbaa drilled her first kill and Stephanie Browne connected on her second to put Stanford up 12-8. The fourth service error by Oregon State pushed the Cardinal lead to 16-10. Then, three attack errors by the Beavers gave the Cardinal a nine-point advantage and a comfortable 20-11 lead. However, OSU would post four-straight points, forcing Stanford to call timeout. The Beavers continued their scoring run to six points before committing a service error to cut the Cardinal lead to four at 21-17. Two consecutive kills by OSU's Jill Sawatzky tied the set at 22 and the Beavers would go on to steal set one, 25-22. The Cardinal was held to nine kills, hitting .105 in the opening set.

The Cardinal fell behind 4-1 to start the second set with Okogbaa getting the lone kill. Two straight kills by Klineman cut the lead to 5-4. Browne's fourth kill of the match tied the set at six. Two consecutive blocks by Jessica Walker and Browne gave the Cardinal its first lead at 9-7. Stanford would post a 5-0 run, which included three consecutive kills from Lichtman, to go up 15-10. OSU would pull to within two at 17-15, but two more kills by Klineman and an ace by Ailes would push the lead back up to five. The Cardinal would hold off a late Beaver run as Lichtman registered her eighth kill of the match to provide Stanford with the 25-21 second-set win. The Cardinal posted 19 kills, including six each by Lichtman and Klineman.

The two teams traded points early before the Beavers used a 4-0 run to go up 8-4. Stanford would use its own 4-0 run to tie the score at eight. The Cardinal would get two kills by Browne and one from Lichtman during the stretch. OSU would regain the lead, but Okogbaa's seventh kill would cut the lead to one. Kills by Klineman and Browne tied the set once again, 14-14. Klineman pounded her 14th kill from the back row to give the Cardinal an 18-17 edge. With the score tied at 22, OSU made two attack errors before senior Rachel Rourke connected for her 15th kill of the match to cut the Cardinal lead to one, 24-23. At set-point, Walker and Browne came up with a huge block to secure the Cardinal win, 25-23.

Stanford opened the fourth set with a 10-5 advantage as Lichtman recorded two kills and Walker and Klineman each registered solo blocks before teaming up for another stuff. The Cardinal would increase its lead to 16-10 on several miscues by the Beavers. OSU would come back with a 4-0 run, but Okogbaa's 10th kill ended the streak and gave Stanford a 17-14 lead. The Cardinal would use a run of its own, in which Klineman would register her 20th kill of the match, to go up 22-15. Stanford would go on to capture the fourth set, 25-19.

Up next for the Cardinal is a showdown against No. 15 Oregon in Eugene, Saturday. The Ducks swept California Friday. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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