Stanford's Klineman Selected AVCA National Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The honors keep rolling in for Stanford's Alix Klineman, who was selected Sports Import/AVCA National Player of the Week, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Tuesday. Klineman wins the honor after leading the Cardinal to a win over then-No. 1 Penn State, snapping the Nittany Lions' 109-match win streak over the weekend.
Alix Klineman, a senior outside hitter from Manhattan Beach, Calif., also led the Cardinal to a win over then-No. 5 Texas before knocking off the Nittany Lions at the Nike Big Four Classic over the weekend in Gainesville, Fla.
Klineman began the weekend by chalking up 10 kills, nine digs, three blocks and two aces in Stanford's whitewashing of the Longhorns. She followed by powering the Cardinal to a 3-0 victory over the three-time defending national champion Nittany Lions, snapping Penn State's history-making 109 match win streak in the process. Klineman registered 16 kills in the match, putting her over the 1,500 kill mark for her career, and collected 10 digs and two aces to tally a double-double.
For the week, Klineman, who was named the event's Most Valuable Player, averaged 4.33 kills, 3.16 digs and 5.33 points per set.
Klineman was also selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Monday.
This is the second time Klineman has been honored as the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, her last nod coming Oct. 6, 2009. She is also the second Pac-10 player to earn the honor this season. USC's Alex Jupiter was the National Player of the Week last week.
It also marks the 13th time an athlete from Stanford has earned the distinction. The Cardinal are coached by John Dunning.
The top-ranked team in the nation this week, the Cardinal stay close to home, traveling to Saint Mary's on Friday, Sept. 17, then head to the University of San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 18.