No. 5 Stanford Volleyball Drops 3-0 Match At No. 4 Washington

Nov. 6, 2009

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SEATTLE -- The No. 5 Stanford women's volleyball team fell on the road at fourth-ranked Washington, 3-0 (21-25, 23-25, 19-25) The Cardinal drops to 15-7 on the season and 8-4 in conference play, while the Huskies improve to 20-2 and 10-2 in Pac-10 action. The loss marks the first time the Cardinal has been swept by a Pac-10 opponent since the 2006 season.

Junior Cassidy Lichtman led the team with 14 kills, nine assists and six digs. Junior Alix Klineman added 12 kills, eight digs and two solo blocks, while junior libero Gabi Ailes tallied 29 digs for the Cardinal. Washington outhit Stanford .262 to .226.

Stanford opened the first set with a 5-1, including two kills by Lichtman. Washington would put together a run of its own, taking its first lead, 7-6, behind two service aces from senior Jill Collymore. The Huskies jumped out to a six-point advantage as the Cardinal posted three consecutive attack errors. Klineman registered three kills to cut the Washington lead to 20-16, but the Cardianl failed to find its rhythm and dropped the first set, 25-21. The Huskies outhit the Cardinal .303 to .194 in the opening set. Lichtman led the team with six kills, hitting .417 after one.

Redshirt freshman Jessica Walker recorded the first Stanford point of the second set with a solo block, but the Cardinal quickly fell behind, 4-1. Trailing 8-3, Stanford earned three straight points which included a kill and block by Lichtman to cut the Washington lead to two. Lichtman continued her strong play, recording two more kills and an ace to pull the Cardinal within one. A 10-4 run by Washington gave the Huskies a 20-16 lead, but senior Janet Okogbaa drilled two consecutive kills and an attack error by Washington cut the lead to one once again. Stanford tied the score at 22 as Klineman recorded two straight kills, however, the Huskies closed out the set with a 3-1 run to capture the second set 25-23. Ailes totaled 13 digs in the set, while Klineman led the way with six kills.

The Cardinal pulled out to a 5-2 lead to start the third as the Huskies committed three errors, while Klineman earned a kill and Walker put down an ace. Washington fired back with a 5-0 run behind the serving of Collymore to take a 7-5 lead. Consecutive kills by Okogbaa and Lichtman tied the score at 7-7. Washington would use an 8-3 run, capitalizing on Stanford errors, to pull out to a 15-10 lead. The Cardinal would be unable to recover from the deficit as the Huskies went on to complete the sweep with a 25-19 third-set win.

The Cardinal will continue conference play at No. 24 Washington State, Saturday in Pullman. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Bohler Gym.

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