No. 6 Stanford Tops Washington State To Win Eighth Straight

10/3/2008

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PULLMAN, Wash. - The Stanford women's volleyball team swept another Pac-10 opponent tonight, coasting to a 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 victory over Washington State at Bohler Gym in Pullman, Wash. For the first time since last year's NCAA title match, all three of Stanford's All-American hitters reached double figures, and the Cardinal (12-2, 3-0 Pac-10) won its eighth straight match. Washington State evens its record at 7-7 with the loss and drops to 0-3 in conference play.

Senior Cynthia Barboza joined an elite group of Pac-10 players in the first set, nabbing the 1,000th dig of her career. The senior posted her 1,000th kill against Washington last October, and becomes just the seventh Stanford player since 1986 to record both 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. Kristin Richards `07, Kristin Klein `92, Cary Wendell `96, Kerri Walsh `00, Logan Tom `03 and Bev Oden `93 are the other Cardinal players who have accomplished the feat.

Barboza snagged her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 14 digs, while sophomore Alix Klineman turned in a match-high 13 kills. Foluke Akinradewo added 10 kills and three blocks to the Cardinal tally, and sophomore Cassidy Lichtman had 21 assists, five kills and five digs.

Led by Janet Okogbaa (.455), Klineman (.591), Lichtman (.714) and Akinradewo (.562), the Cardinal hit .380 for the match. The team held an opponent below .200 (.136) for the ninth time this year.
 
Washington State was led by junior outside hitter Jackie Albright's 10 kills.

In the first set, Stanford jumped out to a 4-1 lead on a Barboza kill, but Washington State raced back to take its only lead of the match at 5-4. Stanford fired back with an 8-2 run that was fueled by two kills and a block by Okogbaa, and the Cardinal soon had a 12-7 lead. By 14-8 Washington State needed a timeout, and Klineman kept the pressure on with two kills and a block on the first three plays out of the break, making it 17-8. At 19-10, Stephanie Browne pounded down a kill on the first play of her career, and Akinradewo put up a block with the redshirt freshman to push the lead to double-digits, 20-10. The Cardinal took set point at 24-14 on its fourth block, and Okogbaa delivered her third kill to finish things, 25-14. Klineman had six kills in the first set alone, and Stanford outhit WSU, .394 to .000.

Klineman carried her momentum into the second set, picking up kills for three of Stanford's first five points to build a 5-3 advantage. Stanford didn't shake the Cougars off quite as quickly this time, and at 12-10 the lead was still just two. Things changed fast, however, when Barboza followed a WSU service error with three consecutive kills. When those kills were followed by a Klineman ace, an Erin Waller kill and two WSU hitting errors, the Cardinal had taken eight points in a row and firm control of the set, 20-10. The team took its first 11-point lead at 22-11, then took set point on a Barboza kill at 24-13. The senior found the back line a few points later to finish another decisive Cardinal victory, 25-15. Stanford hit .333 to the Cougars' slightly improved .088, and this time Barboza put on the show with a set-two total of six kills.

The Cardinal never even gave the Cougars a chance in set three, dashing out to a 9-2 lead behind three Akinradewo kills. Klineman and Okogbaa teamed up for a block to make the lead eight at 11-3, and Washington State had an uphill battle from there. Their best efforts trimmed the lead to four at 17-13, but Gabi Ailes stepped up and served three consecutive points to reestablish a comfortable lead at 21-14. Barboza gave the Cardinal its first chance to win with a kill at 24-16, and the team took the set on a Cougar service error, 25-19. In the final set, Akinradewo recorded six of her ten kills, leading Stanford to its best hitting clip of the night (.405).

Stanford returns to the court on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. to take on the No. 9 Washington Huskies in Seattle. The showdown at Bank of America Arena will be televised live by Fox Sports Bay Area and a number of other FSN affiliates.

Article courtesy of Stanford athletics.

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