No. 7 Stanford Volleyball Downs No. 16 Oregon

Nov. 13, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 7 Stanford women's volleyball team took out No. 16 Oregon, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23, Friday at Maples Pavilion in front of a crowd of 2,712. The Cardinal improve to 17-7 on the season and 10-4 in Pac-10 play, while the Ducks fall to 16-7 overall and 6-7 in conference action.

Junior Cassidy Lichtman led the team with 16 kills, 14 assists and seven digs, picking up her team-leading 17th double-double of the season. Junior Alix Klineman pitched in with her seventh double-double of the season with 14 kills and 10 digs. Junior libero Gabi Ailes finished with 22 digs, while senior Janet Okogbaa went 11-2-16 to hit .562. As a team, Stanford posted a .378 hitting percentage to Oregon's .298.

Neither team was able to establish momentum to start the match as the score was tied eight times before Stanford used a 4-0 run to take a 12-8 lead. Klineman tallied two kills and Cook put down an ace for the Cardinal during that stretch. Trailing by five, Oregon used a 4-0 run of its own to cut the Stanford lead to one at 14-13. The Cardinal would maintain a two-point edge for the remainder of the opening set, earning the 25-23 victory. Klineman led the team with seven kills, while Ailes totaled 10 digs in the first set.

Stanford jumped out to a 5-1 lead to start the second, forcing Oregon head coach Jim Moore to call timeout. Klineman, Lichtman and sophomore Stephanie Browne all picked up kills during the scoring run. The Cardinal would pull ahead, 13-7, as it continued to spread the offense around. A 4-1 run by the Ducks cut the Stanford lead to three at 14-11, but the Cardinal responded as Browne drilled another kill and senior Janet Okogbaa recorded a solo block and a kill. Stanford would cruise to a 25-16 second-set win as seven different Cardinal players registered kills in the set. As a team, Stanford hit .500, while holding Oregon to a .281 clip in the second.

The Cardinal fell behind early to start the third, 7-3, but errors by the Ducks and back-to-back kills by Klineman and a block by Okogbaa and senior Alex Fisher tied it up at seven all. A 3-1 run gave Stanford the lead 10-8 as Fisher and redshirt freshman Jessica Walker each picked up kills. Oregon would not go away without a fight as it came back to take the lead, 16-15, as Sonja Newcombe recorded a kill and an ace for the Ducks. Lichtman tallied her 14th kill to put Stanford back on top, 17-16. Oregon stayed close, tying the set at 23-23. Out of a timeout, Okogbaa drilled two straight kills for the 25-23 third-set win to complete the sweep.

Up next, Stanford continues conference play as it hosts Oregon State, Saturday at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

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