No. 6 Stanford Volleyball Downs Cougs
Oct. 3, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team was swept by the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal 25-14, 25-15, and 25-19, before a crowd of 1,231 fans at Marcia Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym Friday night. The Cougars wore pink uniforms as part of the Breast Cancer Awareness matches being held this month by Pacific-10 Conference schools.
Washington State, now 7-7 overall, 0-3 in Pac-10 play, was led by 10 kills of Jackie Albright (.259). Freshman setter Breann Nesselhuf had 25 assists and a team-high 9 digs. Brittany Johnson and Brittany Tillman each contributed six kils while Meagan Ganzer and Cassie Robbins added another five kills each. WSU had only three blocks - all solos - against the much taller Stanford team.
Stanford, 12-2 overall, 3-0 in conference action, was led by sophomore Alex Klineman's 13 kills (.591) while Cynthia Barboza had 12 kills and Foluke Akinradewo added 10 more kills. Klineman and Akinradewo each had three blocks. Stanford setters Cassidy Lichtman and Joanna Evans combined for 38 assists. The Cardinal hit .380 for the match.
Stanford opened the match hitting .394 in the first set and holding WSU to eight kills and eight hitting errors in 30 attacks (.000). The 6-foot, 4 inch Klineman had six kills in this set (.750) to lead the Cardinal to the 25-14 win.
The Cougars battled well early in the second set and tied it up at 7 points. But the Cardinal came back and laced together 10 straight points to pull ahead 20-10. WSU found some success late in the set with a key kills from Tillman, Robbins, Ganzer and Nesselhuf before the visitors took the 25-15 win.
'When we were able to pass the ball I thought we were able to run some of the system we've been working on,' Cougar first year Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. 'Breann Nesselhuf and Meagan Ganzer did a great job of coming in and hitting the ball pretty hard, especially Meagan who we worked with this week to get her more playing time. After the way she played tonight, she definitely will start seeing the court a little more. Stanford showed why they are a great team. They had a lot of great players in there and we needed to come up and push back a little bit. Meagan did a good job and Jackie had one of her better nights as well as far as hitting percentage and overall game. We worked on our motivation and energy and while I don't think it was at the disappointing level that it was at Arizona State, I still think it could have been a lot better.'
Washington State hosts No. 8 California (13-1, 3-0) Saturday, Oct. 4, for a 7 p.m. match in Bohler Gym, after the Golden Bears defeated No. 9 Washington 28-26, 25-22, 25-23, Friday night in Seattle.