No. 5 Stanford Falls At No. 15 Oregon In Five

Oct. 17, 2009

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The No. 5 Stanford women's volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 15 Oregon in Eugene, Saturday, at MacArthur Court. Scores were 23-25, 25-22, 32-30, 22-25, 11-15 as the Cardinal drop to 12-5 on the season and 5-2 in Pac-10 play. Oregon (14-3) improves to 4-3 in conference action.

Junior Alix Klineman led the team for the second straight night, posting 24 kills, 10 digs and three blocks. Junior Cassidy Lichtman registered her sixth triple-double of the season with 16 kills, 17 assists and 17 digs, while Janet Okogbaa added 15 kills, hitting .303, and seven blocks. As a team, Stanford was held to .264 hitting, while Oregon posted a .289 clip.

Klineman got the Cardinal started in the opening set, picking up a kill, an ace and an assist for an early 3-0 lead. Oregon went on a 4-0 run to take its first lead in the match at 4-3. The teams would trade points, seeing the score tie six times, before a kill and a block by Klineman put Stanford up two, 10-8. However, the Ducks wouldn't allow the Cardinal to pull away and eventually took the lead back, 17-15. Oregon would increase its lead on Stanford errors, pulling ahead 22-18. The Cardinal would tie the score at 23 as senior Janet Okogbaa drilled two straight kills, but the Ducks would respond, winning the first set, 25-23.

Lichtman kept Stanford in the second set early, connecting on three kills, while Okogbaa registered her sixth kill to tie the score at six all. The Cardinal took an 11-9 lead as Klineman put down two kills. The Ducks would outscore the Cardinal, 6-1 to regain the lead, 15-12. Stephanie Browne would post a kill and a service error by Oregon would cut the lead to one, but another run by the Ducks would push their lead back to five, 19-14. Down 18-20, Klineman would post four consecutive kills and Walker would add one more to give Stanford the 23-20 edge. Klineman would pick up another kill and then team up with Walker to record the block that would give the Cardinal the 25-22 second-set win. Stanford hit .447 in the second, while Klineman posted nine kills to lead the Cardinal.

The Cardinal opened the third set with a 9-7 advantage as Browne picked up two kills, while Okogbaa pitched in with a kill and two blocks. Stanford would take advantage of Oregon miscues to increase its lead to three, but the Ducks would come right back with a 3-0 run to tie the score at 13. The Ducks would pull ahead, 18-14, before the Cardinal would use a 5-1 run to tie the score once again. An error by Oregon and a block by Okogbaa and Browne would give Stanford the 21-19 advantage. The teams would trade points back and forth as the crowd came alive before Stanford finally come out on top, 32-30. Klineman picked up seven kills, while Okogbaa added five in the thrilling third set.

Stanford began the fourth set with a 4-1 lead as Lichtman drilled three kills for the Cardinal. Oregon would come back to take the lead, but a service error by the Ducks and a kill by Browne would tie the score at nine. The teams remained tied at 14 as Okogbaa recorded another block, but Oregon would go on a 5-1 run to take a 19-15 lead. The Cardinal would pull within two, 23-21, on three consecutive miscues by the Ducks, but would be unable to catch them as Oregon took the fourth set, 25-22.

The Cardinal fell behind early in the final set, 2-7, forcing head coach John Dunning to use both his timeouts early. Three straight errors by the Ducks would bring the Cardinal within four, but the damage was done as Oregon would go on to win the fifth set, 15-11.

The Cardinal returns home to host Arizona State, Friday, Oct. 23 at Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. Following the match with the Sun Devils, Stanford welcomes No. 18 Arizona to The Farm, Sunday, Oct. 25. First serve against the Wildcats is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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