Four Stanford Volleyball Players Earn AVCA All-Pacific Region Honors

Dec. 9, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Four Cardinal women's volleyball players were named to the All-Pacific Region Team when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its selections today. Senior middle blocker Janet Okogbaa, junior outside hitter Alix Klineman and junior setter/outside hitter Cassidy Lichtman were listed among the top 14 players in the nation's most competitive region. Junior libero Gabi Ailes earned honorable mention accolades.

Klineman earned a spot on the team for the third straight season, while Okogbaa, Lichtman and Ailes are all being honored for the first time in their careers. Klineman went on to become an AVCA All-American last season.

Stanford's four selections tied for the most of any school in the region, as Washington also had four players recognized. Thirteen of the 14 players picked were from the Pac-10 Conference. Players listed in the top 14 are now eligible to become 2009 AVCA All-Americans.

Klineman, a native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., leads the team for the third straight season with 4.24 kills per set. She is also averaging 4.82 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. The junior is tied for second on the team with 10 double-doubles on the season.

As a setter/hitter, Lichtman has recorded 22 double-doubles out of 30 matches, including an impressive 10 triple-doubles. A key all-around player, she is second on the team with 3.19 kills per set, 2.78 digs per set and 3.58 points per set, while also averaging 3.30 assists per set.

Okogbaa leads the team and is second in the Pac-10 with a .388 hitting percentage and 1.26 blocks per set. She was 13-0-16 to hit .812 against Long Island in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. That mark is the highest hitting percentage ever recorded by a Cardinal player in postseason play.

Ailes, from Bellevue, Neb., leads the Pac-10 with 5.30 digs per set during the regular season, upping that mark to 5.90 digs per set in conference matches. She became Stanford's all-time career digs leader after tallying 11 digs against Long Island last weekend. She currently has 1,628 career digs, which is ninth-best in Pac-10 history. Ailes also set new records this season for digs in a season (604 and counting) and digs in a single match (33).

Stanford continues NCAA Tournament play on Friday, meeting 13th-seeded Michigan at 7 p.m. PT in the Stanford Regional at Maples Pavilion. The 2009 All-America teams will be announced on Dec. 16.

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