No. 6 Stanford Sweeps Arizona State For 20th Win Of The Season
Nov. 21, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team swept Arizona State (25-21, 25-15, 25-20) to post its ninth consecutive 20-win season, Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinal (20-7) is now 13-4 in Pac-10 play, while the Sun Devils fall to 13-15 overall and 3-13 in conference action. Junior libero Gabi Ailes broke her own school record for digs in a season, currently totaling 547 digs in 2009.
Junior Cassidy Lichtman came up one kill shy of a triple-double as she posted nine kills, 14 assists and 10 digs to lead the Cardinal. Junior All-American Alix Klineman hit .433 with 14 kills on 30 swings with just one error, while senior Janet Okogbaa also hit at the .400 mark with seven kills on 15 attempts with one error and added six blocks. The Cardinal hit .370 as a team, while holding the Sun Devils to a .213 attack percentage.
Stanford jumped out to a 7-2 lead over ASU, capitalizing on Sun Devil errors. Klineman, Lichtman and sophomore Stephanie Browne all tallied kills during the opening run. ASU cut the lead to 10-7, but Stanford answered with 9-5 run to extend its lead to 19-12. However, the momentum switched over to the side of the Sun Devils as they used an 8-2 run to pull within one of the Cardinal. Stanford countered with back-to-back kills by Okogbaa to seal the first set, 25-21. The Cardinal hit .310 to open the match as Ailes set the new school record, totaling four kills in the set.
The Cardinal pulled out to a 9-3 lead to start the second set as Jessica Walker and Stephanie Browne teamed up to record two blocks. From there, Klineman kept the offense rolling for Stanford, picking up four kills as the Cardinal pulled out to a 19-11 advantage. The Sun Devils tallied more attack errors and Okogbaa, Lichtman and freshman setter Karissa Cook all picked up kills as Stanford easily won the second set, 25-15. Lichtman recorded five assists and four digs to anchor the Cardinal.
Freshman Hayley Spelman started the scoring for Stanford in the final set, registering two kills. ASU remained close as it tied the score a 10-10, but the Cardinal responded with an 8-2 run behind kills by Klineman and Okogbaa to take an 18-12 advantage. The Sun Devils rallied to cut the Cardinal lead to 20-18, but Stanford closed out the set with three consutive kills and completed the sweep, 25-20.
Stanford returns to The Farm for Senior Night, Friday, Nov. 27 as it hosts Bay Area rival California at 7 p.m. from Maples Pavilion.