Four Stanford Volleyball Players Earn AVCA All-America Honors

Dec. 16, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. - Four Cardinal women's volleyball players earned All-America honors when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its selections today. Junior setter/outside hitter Cassidy Lichtman was tabbed a First Team selection, while senior Janet Okogbaa and junior Alix Klineman were both named to the Second Team. Junior libero Gabi Ailes earned honorable mention accolades.

The selections bring Stanford's total AVCA All-America award count to 63 honors spread over 26 players. This marks the third All-America honor for Klineman, while Ailes, Lichtman and Okogbaa are being recognized for the first time in their careers.

As a setter/hitter, Lichtman recorded a team-leading 22 double-doubles, including an impressive 10 triple-doubles. A key all-around player, she finished second on the team with 3.16 kills per set, 2.78 digs per set and 3.55 points per set, while also averaging 3.25 assists per set. The Poway, Calif., native was also a 2009 All-Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region teams selection, and the only Cardinal player to earn all-tournament honors in all three regular season tournaments Stanford competed in this season.

Klineman, a native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., led the team for the third straight season with 4.25 kills per set. She also averaged 4.82 points per set. Both marks were 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 in the conference finale. The junior ended the year tied for second on the team with 10 double-doubles on the season. A three-time All-Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region selection, Klineman was named to the All-Stanford Region team after tallying 18 kills and a solo block versus Michigan.

Okogbaa finished her career at Stanford first on the team and is second in the Pac-10 with a .387 hitting percentage and 1.26 blocks per set. She earned All-Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region honors for the first time this season. Okogbaa 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., led the Pac-10 with 5.23 digs per set this 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 in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. She completed her junior season with 1,641 career digs, which is ninth-best in Pac-10 history. Ailes also set new records this season for digs in a season (617) and digs in a single match (33).

The Pac-10's only other first team selection was California's Hana Cutura, the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year. In total, 17 players from the conference earned AVCA All-America honors in 2009.

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