STANFORD, Calif. - Behind Alix Klineman's 18 kills, the third-seeded Stanford women's volleyball team advances to its fifth consecutive regional with a 3-0 win over No. 17 Colorado State, Saturday at Maples Pavilion. Set scores were 28-26, 25-13, 25-15 as the Cardinal move to 26-3 on the season. The Rams finish their season with a 26-5 overall record.
Klineman was the lone player from either team to reach double-digit kills Saturday. She added five digs, three solo blocks and an ace to her stat line. Sophomore Hayley Spelman recorded nine kills and a .462 attack percentage, while freshman Rachel Williams finished with eight kills and a .438 clip. Senior setter/hitter Cassidy Lichtman tallied six kills, 20 assists and six digs, while senior libero Gabi Ailes registered 14 digs and eight assists. As a team, Stanford hit .330, while holding Colorado State to a .158 hitting percentage.
Stanford took a 1-0 lead in the match with a 28-26 win over Colorado State. Despite being out hit .312 to .154, the Cardinal capitalized on four service errors and two reception errors by the Rams. Klineman led the way with nine kills and a .429 attack percentage. She, along with Lichtman and Williams, recorded a solo block in the opening set. Redshirt junior Katelyn Steffan paced the Rams with five kills and four block assists.
The Cardinal downed the Rams in the second set, 25-13. Stanford posted a .405 attack percentage, while holding the Rams to a .024 clip. Klineman led the team with six kills, while Spelman registered four. The Cardinal recorded five blocks in the set, including two solo blocks by Klineman. No Colorado State player picked up more than two kills in the set, which saw eight attack errors by the Rams.
Stanford finished off Colorado State with a 25-15 win in the final set. The Cardinal hit a match-high .481 and picked up 15 kills and 13 digs. Williams led the Cardinal with four kills, while Klineman and Spelman each added three. Sophomore setter Karissa Cook tallied seven assists and three digs in the set to finish one dig shy of a double-double (17 assists, nine digs). Senior Danielle Minch finished with a team-high nine kills, four digs and four blocks for Colorado State.
Stanford will now head the Dayton Regional and to face Ohio State in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday, Dec. 10. Should the Cardinal advance, it will meet the winner of the USC-Indiana match on Saturday, Dec. 11.