Volleyball Falls in Three Games at No. 2 Stanford
Oct. 11, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State senior Adetokunbo Faleti led the volleyball team with 15 kills, hitting an outstanding .400 for the match but WSU was bested by the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal 30-23, 30-19, 30-22, Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.
'Tokunbo Faleti had a great night,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'She did an awesome job on the left side of exploiting some of the seams of the Stanford block. As a team, I thought we played pretty well. From the service line we were very, very good and overall this is probably the toughest serving team that we have faced over the course of the year. Our serve-receive was pretty good tonight. A good team effort and we're looking forward to playing Cal tomorrow.'
Faleti, who has suffered with knee soreness that has forced her to sit out several matches this season had only one error in 35 attacks against a strong Stanford front line. Other Cougar highlights from the match include Maureen Perez with 27 assists, Tara West's four blocks, and Kelly Hyder added a match-high 16 digs while Stephanie Weishaar added 12 more digs.
Stanford freshman Alix Klineman led the match with 16 kills (.441) and Cynthia Barboza added 12 kills and three aces. Bryn Kehoe had 26 assists while Gabi Ailes contributed 15 digs and three aces. Foluke Akinradewo had the match-high four blocks. The Cardinal landed 11 service aces.
In the first game, the Cougars led early as Stanford had a slow start. WSU scored four straight points to tie the game at 17-all followed by Stanford's 13 to 5 run to win the opener, 30-23. SU hit a mere .188 but held WSU to a .106 hitting percentage. The Cardinal turned up the offense in the second game, hitting .381 while the Cougs hit .175, with Stanford winning, 30-19. The third game was tied at 13, but the Cougars watched Stanford race ahead, 23-14. WSU made a late-game surge but the Cardinal prevailed 30-22.
Stanford remains undefeated at 17-0 overall, 6-0 and tied with Washington for the lead in the Pacific-10 Conference. WSU drops to 9-11 overall, 0-6 in league matches.
Washington State travels to play at No. 10 California Friday night in a 6 p.m. match at Haas Pavilion.
No. 2 Stanford (17-0, 6-0) def. Washington State (9-11, 0-6) 30-23, 30-19, 30-22KILLS - WSU 36 (Faleti 15), SU 53 (Klineman 16)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .106, SU .248ASSISTS - WSU 31 (Perez 27), SU 47 (Kehoe 26)DIGS - WSU 56 (Hyder 16), SU 61 (Ailes 15)BLOCKS - WSU 9.5 (West 4), SU 8 (Akinradewo 4)SERVICE ACES - WSU 3 (Albright 1, West 1, Small 1), SU 11 (Barboza 3)Attendance: 1,473.