Sixth-Ranked Stanford Takes Out Arizona, 3-0

Oct. 25, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 6 Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 16 Arizona (25-22, 25-21, 25-23), Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (14-5 overall) is now tied for first place in the Pac-10 with Washington with a 7-2 conference record. Arizona drops to 15-5 on the season and 4-5 in Pac-10 play.

Junior All-American Alix Klineman totaled 11 kills and five digs, while senior Janet Okogbaa was 11-2-21 (.429) and added four blocks for the Cardinal. Freshman setter Karissa Cook controlled the offense with 27 assists and junior Cassidy Lichtman pitched in with nine kills, nine assists and seven digs. Stanford outhit Arizona .269 to .234.

Stanford got off to a slow start in the opening set, falling behind 8-3. The Cardinal put together a 5-1 run, which included two kills by Klineman, to pull within one of the Wildcats. An attack error by Arizona and a block by freshman Jessica Walker and sophomore Stephanie Browne tied the set at 10. Klineman's third kill of the set gave Stanford its first lead, 12-11. The Cardinal would increase its lead by three as Lichtman recorded back-to-back kills. Arizona would regain the lead, 19-18, but a service error by the Wildcats and consecutive kills by Lichtman and Browne put the Cardinal ahead 21-20. Stanford would go on to win the first set, 25-22. The Cardinal hit an even .300 in the opening set.

The Cardinal jumped out to an early 8-3 lead in the second as Okogbaa drilled two kills and Lichtman tallied consecutive aces. A 5-1 run by the Wildcats cut the Cardinal lead to one at 11-10. However, Stanford would use a 5-1 run of its own to push the lead back to five, 16-11. The Wildcats tied the score at 18, but kills from Cook and Klineman would put the Cardinal back on top for good as Stanford went on to capture the second set 25-21.

Lichtman kept Stanford close to start the third set, putting down three kills for the Cardinal. Three service errors by the Wildcats and a kill by Klineman tied the score at nine. Arizona used a 5-1 run to go up 14-10, but a kill by Okogbaa and attack errors by the Wildcats trimmed the lead to one. Two kills from Klineman sandwiched a solo block by Okogbaa to give the Cardinal a 16-15 advantage. Freshman Hayley Spelman ripped two kills to tie the set at 21 all. An attack error by the Wildcats and another kill by Lichtman put Stanford ahead 23-22, eventually winning the set 25-23.

Stanford will begin the second half of Pac-10 play at home against the USC Trojans, Friday, Oct. 30. The Cardinal will host the UCLA Bruins, Saturday, Oct. 31. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.

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