Klineman leads No. 6 Stanford to 3-2 Win at No. 19 Arizona
Nov. 20, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team Friday at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Cardinal is now 19-7 overall and 12-4 in Pac-10 play, while the Wildcats drop to 18-8 on the season and 7-8 in conference action.
Junior Alix Klineman led the Cardinal with 23 kills, 10 digs and two blocks for her eighth double-double of the season. Senior Janet Okogbaa was 12-1-24 to hit .458, while junior Cassidy Lichtman turned in her eighth triple-double of the season with 13 kills, 20 assists and 14 digs for the Cardinal. Junior libero Gabi Ailes finished with 26 digs, two shy of breaking Stanford's single season record of 533 digs, which she set in 2007. As a team, Stanford hit .317, while holding Arizona to .251.
Redshirt freshman Jessica Walker got things going for the Cardinal as she picked up a kill, block and an ace to open the first set. Trailing the Wildcats 7-5, the Cardinal posted five unanswered points on back-to-back kills by Klineman and then by senior Alex Fisher. Ailes put down an ace to put Stanford up 10-7. The Cardinal then took a 16-10 lead as Lichtman drilled her first kill of the match. Arizona used a 4-0 run to cut the Stanford lead to two at 16-14, but the Cardinal responded with back-to-back points to push the lead back to four. Stanford would capitalize on Arizona errors as it went on to win the opening set, 25-18. The Cardinal hit .367 in the first set, while holding the Wildcats to a .167 clip. Klineman led the team with six kills and Ailes tallied nine digs for Stanford.
The Cardinal jumped out to a 7-3 lead to start the second set as Klineman, Lichtman and Okogbaa all registered kills during that stretch. Arizona came back to cut the Stanford lead to one at 12-11, but another kill by Lichtman maintained the Cardinal lead. However, another surge by the Wildcats and errors by the Cardinal gave Arizona its first lead of the set, 16-13. The Wildcats increased their lead to 20-16, but the Cardinal answered with a 4-0 run to tie the score at 20 all. Klineman recorded another kill and Walker came up with a solo block for Stanford. The teams battled point-for-point until Arizona scored three straight to pick up a 26-24 win.
Stanford fell behind 7-3 to begin the third set, but used a 3-0 run to cut the lead to one. Klineman found the back corner of the court and Okogbaa picked up a kill and a solo block for the Cardinal. Arizona would extend its lead again as Stanford searched for its offense. Freshman setter Karissa Cook put down a kill to pull the Cardinal within two at 16-14, but the Wildcats came back with a 4-0 run to go up 20-14. Stanford cut the lead to 22-19 as Lichtman, Walker and Klineman recorded kills, but it wasn't enough as Arizona went on to capture the third set, 25-21.
Arizona carried over its momentum from the third set as it opened the fourth with a 6-2 advantage. A 6-3 run by the Cardinal, which included two kills by Klineman, cut the Wildcats' lead to one. Stanford tied the set at 13-13 as Lichtman put down another kill and the Wildcats committed two straight errors. Once again the teams would trade points before Stanford used a 5-0 run to close out the fourth set with a 25-21 victory. Okogbaa drilled two kills and teamed up with sophomore Stephanie Browne for the block that secured the winning point.
The Cardinal jumped out to a 4-1 lead to start the final set as Klineman and Okogbaa each recorded a kill and a block assist. The momentum stayed with Stanford as it pulled out to a 7-3 advantage, forcing Arizona to call timeout. Out of the break, Walker and Klineman continued the scoring for the Cardinal as it had the Wildcats back on their heels. Stanford would go on to win the final set, 15-7.
Stanford wraps up the weekend at Arizona State, Saturday, Nov. 21. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT from Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.