No. 6 Stanford Volleyball Sweeps Arizona State

Oct. 24, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 6 Stanford women's volleyball team swept Arizona State (33-31, 25-21, 25-20), Saturday, at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal improve to 13-5 overall and 6-2 in Pac-10 play, while the Sun Devils drop to 11-9 on the season and 1-7 in the conference. The win is the 11th straight sweep for Stanford over Arizona State, and the Cardinal are now 17-0 against the Sun Devils under head coach John Dunning.

Junior Alix Klineman led the offense for Stanford, posting 19 kills while also adding eight digs and two blocks. Freshman Hayley Spelman recorded a season-high 10 kills, while senior Janet Okogbaa chipped in with seven kills, hitting .353. Junior libero Gabi Ailes finished with 25 digs for the Cardinal. As a team, Stanford hit .259, while holding ASU to a .152 clip.

Stanford gave up the first four points to Arizona State before Klineman put down her first kill. The Cardinal trailed the Sun Devils, 10-7, before putting together a 5-0 run which included a kill and a solo block by Klineman. With the score tied at 15, ASU regained the lead, but Stanford came back with two blocks to take a one-point advantage. The score would once again tie at 20 as Klineman registered her fourth kill, however, the Sun Devils would take the lead back, 23-22. A service error by ASU and another kill by Klineman would put Stanford ahead, 24-23. The Sun Devils would come back to tie it at 24. The teams would trade points, until the Cardinal would go ahead 32-31 on a kill by Klineman and then capture the first set on an ace by freshman Jessica Walker. Klineman led the team with 10 kills, hitting .375 after one.

The Cardinal fell behind, 8-2, to open the second set. Still trailing, Stanford posted four straight kills, by freshman Karissa Cook, Okogbaa, Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman, to cut the lead to three. The Cardinal would put together a 3-0 run, including two consecutive kills from Spelman, to cut the Sun Devils lead to one. Kills by Okogbaa, Klineman and Lichtman would put the Cardinal ahead, 18-17. An attack error by ASU sparked another 3-0 Stanford run, capped off by two kills by Okogbaa to tie the set at 21-21. A kill and a block by sophomore Stephanie Browne gave Stanford a two-point advantage, 23-21. Then it was Okogbaa's turn, registering a block and a kill to give the Cardinal a 25-21 second-set win.

Stanford once again got off to a slow start in the third set, trailing ASU 12-6. A solo block by Okogbaa and errors by the Sun Devils cut the lead to two. A kill and a block by Cook tied the score at 12 all. Lichtman's eighth kill gave Stanford the one-point advantage at 16-15. Errors by the Sun Devils and timely blocks by the Cardinal increased Stanford's lead at 22-19. Two kills by Klineman and a kill by Spelman sealed the match, 25-20. Stanford held ASU to a .049 hitting percentage in the third set, while recording five blocks.

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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