No. 5 Stanford Continues Pac-10 Play In Pacific Northwest

Nov. 2, 2009

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THIS WEEK: Stanford travels to the Pacific Northwest for a showdown at fourth-ranked Washington, Friday, Nov. 6 in Seattle. The Cardinal will then travel to Pullman, Wash., for a match at No. 24 Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 7. Both contests are scheduled for 7 p.m.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Cardinal will return home for two more Pac-10 matches. Stanford will take on No. 14 Oregon, Friday, Nov. 13 and Oregon State, Saturday, Nov. 14. First serve for both matches is 7 p.m.

CATCH THE CARDINAL: Stanford's match at Washington on Friday will be televised by Fox Sports net. Fan's can also catch the match with the Huskies on KZSU radio at 90.1 FM or online at http://kzsu.stanford.edu/. Live stats will be available both nights via Gametracker at www.GoStanford.com.

SOCIAL NETWORKING: Stanford Volleyball has joined Facebook and Twitter! Become a fan on Facebook by searching for the 'Stanford Women's Volleyball' page. Follow the Cardinal at twitter.com/StanfordWVB to get updates on the team this season. Both sites will be updated live during matches this year.

LAST WEEK: On Friday, Stanford completed the season-sweep of USC, defeating the Trojans 3-1. Alix Klineman led the team with 16 kills, while Janet Okogbaa pitched in with 13 kills, hitting .455. On Saturday, the Cardinal fell to then-No. 11 UCLA for the first time since 2000. Gabi Ailes broke her own school record for digs in a single match with 33 digs in the loss.

TRIPLE THREAT: Junior Cassidy Lichtman has played several different positions for the Cardinal in her career. Currently, Lichtman is second on the team with 267 kills (3.30 kps) and is hitting .257. She is also second on the squad with 251 assists (3.10 aps) and 225 digs (2.78 dps). Lichtman more than doubled her career high in kills after registering 23 aginst LSU in the season opener. Against No. 5 Florida, Lichtman turned in her first career triple-double (16 kills, 17 assists, 11 digs) and versus San Jose State, the junior set a new career high, hitting .600 (10-1-15) against the Spartans. She now has seven triple-doubles on the season.

CHASING 1,000: Alix Klineman posted her 1,000th-career kill in the opening set of the match against Saint Mary's on Sept. 19. Klineman registered a season- and team-high 24 kills at USC on Oct. 3 and tied that mark at Oregon on Oct. 17. The junior now has 1,223 career kills. She is the 12th Cardianl player to reach 1,000 career kills. The All-American leads the team and is sixth in the Pac-10 with 3.96 kills per set. She is on pace to finish her career at Stanford in the top-5 in career kills.

DIGGING HER WAY TO THE TOP: Junior libero Gabi Ailes has already claimed the top spot in the Stanford record book for digs in a season (533) and digs per set (4.26) in a season. With 1,439 digs to date, Ailes is currently third on the career list and will make a run for the record of 1,597 set by Kristin Richards from 2003-06. She needs 18 digs to move into second place on the career list. She broke her own school record for digs in a single match, set at Oregon State on Oct. 16, with 33 digs versus UCLA on Oct. 31.

BLOCK PARTY: Senior Janet Okogbaa is second in the Pac-10 and ranks 22nd nationally with 1.33 blocks per set. She registered a career high with eight blocks against Florida on Sept. 4. Junior Alix Klineman's five solo blocks at UCLA are the most by a Pac-10 player this season. As a team, Stanford is 25th in the country with 2.62 blocks per set, posting a season-high 15 blocks versus Washington on Oct. 10.

CONTROLLING THE OFFENSE: Freshman setter Karissa Cook has embraced the starting setter role for the Cardinal. She leads the team with 9.35 assists per set in conference matches, ranking 10th in the Pac-10. She tallied a season-best 49 assists at Oregon State on Oct. 16 and has posted eight double-doubles for the Cardinal this season.

ALL-AMERICAN FIREPOWER: Stanford returns two-time All-American Alix Klineman for the 2009 season. The junior outside hitter is one of the nation's six returning first-team honorees, and one of only seven two-time All-Americans back for 2009. Klineman has led the team in kills in both of her first two seasons with the Cardinal. Stanford has won back-to-back Pac-10 championships and reached the national championship match during both of those years.

ALMOST PERFECT: Senior middle blocker Janet Okogbaa was 16-0-19 against Texas-San Antonio for a career high .842 hitting percentage, marking the highest attack percentage by a Pac-10 player this season. At the Honolulu Avertiser Volleyball Challenge, the Tampa, Fla., native was 36-2-77 (4.00 kps) and a .608 attack percentage. She ranks third in the Pac-10 with a .379 hitting percentage.

NATIONAL POLL: Stanford drops one slot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll to come in tied for fifth with Illinois. Last week, the Cardinal defeated USC before dropping a five-set thriller to UCLA. Defending national champion Penn State remains in the top spot in the poll, while Texas, Hawai'i, and Washington round out the top-5.

VETERAN LEADERSHIP: The 2009 Stanford squad will rely on its upperclassmen for leadership this year. The senior class of Joanna Evans, Alex Fisher and Janet Okogbaa holds an impressive 93-11 record through three seasons, earning three Pac-10 titles and three trips to the Final Four. Juniors Gabi Ailes, Alix Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman are all returning starters who have made significant contributions in their first two years on The Farm. Overall, the Cardinal boasts 10 players who have been to a national championship match, including six who have taken the team to the coveted match twice.

CATCH A GLIMPSE: Friday's match at Washington will be televised on Fox Sports Net. The first three weekends of conference play, the Cardinal was televised, including at California, USC and versus Washington.

CHALK TALK/HOSPITALITY ROOM: The dates for the 2009 Chalk Talk and Hospitality Room for members of the Buck/Cardinal Club have been set. Coach Dunning's chalk talks will take place at 5 p.m. in the Maples Media Room on Nov. 14 vs. Oregon State and Nov. 27 vs. California. The hospitality room will be availabe postgame Nov. 14 vs. Oregon State in the Maples VIP Room.

PICKED THIRD: The Stanford women's volleyball team was tabbed by the league's coaches to finish third in the Pac-10. Stanford totaled 74 points in the preseason poll, six points below second-place California. Washington was the unanimous choice to win the conference. Once again, the Pac-10 sent six teams to the postseason in 2008. The conference has taken home five of the last eight NCAA titles. The coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in 13 of the previous 20 polls.

2008 IN REVIEW: In 2008, Stanford posted a 31-4 record and won an unprecedented 12th Pac-10 title. The team finished the year with a postseason run to its 14th NCAA title match, where it fell to Penn State in three sets. On the year, Stanford bested 16 ranked opponents, held a .314 average hitting percentage to just .164 by opponents, and won 23 matches by 3-0 margins. Three players - Foluke Akinradewo, Cynthia Barboza, Alix Klineman - were named First Team All-Americans, tying a school record for first team representatives. Akinradewo was also tabbed Volleyball Magazine Co-National Player of the Year after shattering the NCAA's career hitting percentage record by more than 20 points.

TAKING ON THE BEST: Once again, head coach John Dunning has lined up one of the most challenging schedules in the nation for the Cardinal. Stanford is scheduled to play 12 regular-season matches against teams ranked in the preseason poll, and 10 against teams that participated in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Four teams that made the preseason top-10 hail from the Pac-10 Conference.

HEAD COACH John Dunning: Now in his ninth season at the helm of the Cardinal program, head coach John Dunning is one of the most accomplished coaches in the collegiate volleyball world. Dunning has four national championships under his belt, has taken his teams to nine Final Fours and carried six of his eight teams at Stanford to the national championship match.

MILESTONE FOR DUNNING: Head coach John Dunning is nine victories away from 700 career-wins, and could reach that milestone in 2009. In 24 years as a head coach, Dunning is 691-145 (.827), giving him a winning percentage that ranks among the top five all-time for Division I coaches. Dunning is 254-43, now in his ninth season on The Farm, and the all-time winningest coach in Pac-10 history by percentage (.855).

SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies enter the weekend alone atop the Pac-10 standings with a 9-2 record in league-play. Washington leads the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.301) and opponent hitting percentage (.148). the Huskies are led by a pair of outside hitters, Kindra Carlson and Jill Collymore. Carlson boasts a team-best 3.82 kills per set, ranking seventh in the Pac-10, while Collymoreis second on the squad with 3.21 kills per set and 2.71 digs per set. Senior libero Tamari Miyashiro, the two-time defensive player of the year, anchors the defense with a league-best 5.26 digs per set.

THE SERIES WITH THE HUSKIES: Stanford holds a 44-9 all-time record against Washington. The Cardinal handed the Huskies their first loss of the 2009 season on Oct. 10. Senior Janet Okogbaa posted career highs of 21 kills on 36 attempts, while adding seven blocks in the victory. Stanford has won the last two meetings between the team's in Bank of America Arena.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: Despite knocking off rival Washington on Oct. 23, Washington State dropped both matches at the Arizona schools last weekend to fall to 5-6 in the Pac-10. Senior setter Renee Bordelon has controlled the offense for the Cougars, totaling 11.40 assists per set to rank third in the Pac-10. WSU has two middle blockers, senior Cassie Robbins and junior Brittany Tillman, who rank in the top-10 in the conference in hitting percentage at .318 and .332, respectively. Robbins is also third in the league with 1.26 blocks per set.

THE SERIES WITH THE COUGARS: The Cardinal is 45-3 overall against the Cougars. Stanford defeated WSU, 3-1, earlier this season. Junior Cassidy Lichtman recorded her fifth triple-double of the season with 19 kills, 16 assists and 10 digs against the Cougars. Head coach John Dunning is 7-1 at Bohler Gym with the lone loss coming during the 2002 campaign.

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