Dunning Earns 700th Career Win In Season Opener
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Stanford head coach John Dunning captured his 700th career victory as the fourth-ranked Cardinal women's volleyball team downed Tulane, 25-11, 25-16, 25-19, Friday, at the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. In the season opener for both teams, the Cardinal moves to 1-0 on the year, while the Green Wave falls to 0-1.
Stanford was led by senior setter/hitter Cassidy Lichtman, who recorded her 11th career triple-double with 13 kills, 19 assists and 10 digs. Three-time senior All-American Alix Klineman tallied a match-high 15 kills on 28 attempts (.429). Sophomore Hayley Spelman was 8-9 with two blocks, while redshirt freshman Charlotte Brown had four kills in her first collegiate match. As a team, Stanford outhit Tulane .438 to .088.
Stanford opened the match with a 25-11 first-set win over Tulane. The Cardinal spread the wealth as six different players registered at least one kill. Klineman and Lichtman led the way with seven each. Klineman added six digs to her .667 attack percentage, while Lichtman was a perfect 7-7 with four assists and two digs. As a team, Stanford hit .621 while holding Tulane to a .077 clip.
The Cardinal captured the second set, 25-16, and was led by freshman middle blocker Carly Wopat, who earned her first collegiate start. The Santa Barbara, Calif., native was 3-3 with a solo block in the set. Lichtman added three kills, seven assists and six digs to her stat line. Stanford outscored Tulane 8-1 down the stretch.
Tulane put up a fight in the third as the team's traded points until Stanford took a 9-7 lead on two kills by Klineman and a block by Spelman and Jessica Walker. Errors by the Green Wave allowed the Cardinal to give itself a cushion with a 15-11 advantage. Consecutive blocks by Stanford increased its lead to 18-13. The Cardinal would close out the match with a 7-6 run, including kills from Klineman, Spelman, Lichtman and Wopat.
Stanford continues the three-day tournament Saturday as it faces Pepperdine at 11:30 a.m. MT at the Johnson Center. The Waves took on host New Mexico in the second game of the evening, Friday.
-Article courtesy Stanford athletics.