Seven Stanford Volleyball Players Garner All-Pac-10 Honors
Nov. 30, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - After clinching the Pac-10 Championship outright last week and earning the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Stanford women's volleyball team added a few more accolades to its list today when the annual Pac-10 awards were announced by Commissioner Larry Scott.
Stanford junior Alix Klineman was named to the 14-player All-Pac-10 Team for the third straight season. She is joined on the all-conference team by junior Cassidy Lichtman and senior Janet Okogbaa. Lichtman earned honorable mention honors last season, while Okogbaa is being honored for the first time in her career. Junior Gabi Ailes earned honorable mention, picking up the first all-conference recognition of her career.
Klineman, a native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., leads the team for the third straight season with 4.23 kills per set. She is also averaging 4.83 points per set. Both marks are sixth in the Pac-10 this season. She registered a new career high with 33 kills against California to lead Stanford to its fourth straight Pac-10 title last week. The junior is second on the team with nine double-doubles on the season going into postseason play.
As a setter/hitter, Lichtman has recorded 21 double-doubles out of 28 regular season matches, including an impressive nine triple-doubles. A key all-around player, she is second on the team with 3.25 kills per set, 2.77 digs per set and 3.60 points per set, while also averaging 3.32 assists per set. Okogbaa, a middle blocker, leads the team and is second in the Pac-10 with a .381 hitting percentage and third in the conference with 1.25 blocks per set.
Ailes, a libero from Bellevue, Neb., leads the Pac-10 with 5.32 digs per set during the regular season, upping that mark to 5.90 dps in conference matches. She has already broken her own school record for digs in a season as she currently has tallied 564 digs and is just nine digs away from becoming Stanford's all-time career digs leader as a junior.
Cook, a setter, ranks in the top-10 in the conference with 9.01 assists per set in Pac-10 matches, while Walker is third in the league with 0.28 aces per set and eighth with 1.07 blocks per set in conference play. A defensive specialist, Benjamin is averaging 1.47 digs per set and tallied a season-best 16 digs versus UCLA.
California senior Hana Cutura was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, UCLA's Lauren Cook was tabbed Freshman of the Year and Washington State's Andrew Palileo has earned Coach of the Year honors.
Stanford begins postseason play at home on Friday, taking on Northeast Conference Champion Long Island in the first round at 7 p.m. No. 21 Saint Mary's and UC Santa Barbara will square off in the other first round match at Maples Pavilion, with first serve set for 5 p.m. The winners will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday for a chance to advance to the Stanford Regional.