Sept. 13, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Alix Klineman has been named the Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week after leading the Cardinal to sweeps over two top-5 opponents to remain perfect on the season at 7-0.
Klineman led Stanford as it made history at the inaugural Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic in Gainesville, Fla. The Cardinal swept No. 5 Texas on Sept. 10, and then defeated No. 1 Penn State in three sets in the championship match. Stanford's win broke the Nittany Lions' 109 match-win streak, the second longest streak in NCAA history for any sport. The Cardinal was also the last team to defeat Penn State, back in 2007 when Klineman was a freshman.
A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Klineman led all players against Texas with 10 kills, nine digs, three blocks and two aces. In the championships against Penn State, she recorded her third double-double of the season and again led all players with 16 kills and 10 digs. The senior became the 10th player in Stanford history to register 1,500 career kills and now holds 1,515. For her efforts, Klineman was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, marking the third-consecutive week she has walked away with that honor.
Klineman was also named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week, marking the fifth time in her career she has received the honor. This is the fourth Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor for the senior.
Up next, the Cardinal remains in the Bay Area this weekend for road matches at Saint Mary's on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. and at San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.