Jan. 25, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's three senior women's volleyball players have all earned All-America honors by Volleyball Magazine. Alix Klineman, the Player of the Year, was named to the First Team, while Gabi Ailes and Cassidy Lichtman were selected to the Second Team.
Klineman becomes the ninth Stanford player to garner National Player of the Year honors. She is a four-time Vollyeball Magazine and AVCA All-American. Ailes picks up her second career honor from Volleyball Magazine, while Lichtman is being recognized for the first time by the publication.
Klineman, a native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., was also the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year. With 89 kills in four NCAA Tournament matches, the outside hitter became the sixth player in Pac-10 history and just the second in school history to record 2,000 career kills. She finishes her career fifth all-time in Pac-10 history with 2,008 kills. Earlier this season she became the eighth Stanford player to register both 1,000 career kills and digs. Klineman led the Pac-10 in kills (5.55) and points per set (6.25), while also ranking second in the nation in both categories. Her 605 kills this season and her .372 hitting percentage were both career highs.
As a setter/hitter, Lichtman led the team with 18 double-doubles, including four triple-doubles in her final season on The Farm. A key all-around player, she is averaged 2.28 kills, 7.92 assists and 2.48 digs per set this season. Her 2,366 career assists ranks eighth-best in Stanford history. Lichtman earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice this season for her efforts against the Los Angeles and Arizona schools in November. She finished with a double-double in three of the team's four NCAA Tournament matches.
Ailes, a libero from Bellevue, Neb., broke every Stanford digs record during her time on The Farm. The career leader with 2,147, Ailes became just the seventh Pac-10 player ever to record over 2,000 digs and finished her career fourth all-time in conference history. She averaged 4.64 digs per set this season, upping that mark to 5.23 digs per set in conference play, and recorded double-digit digs in 30 of the team's 31 matches this season.
The Pac-10 totaled nine selections, the most by any conference. Joining Klineman on the first team is California's Carli Lloyd and Tarah Murrey and USC's Alex Jupiter. Joining Ailes and Lichtman on the second team is USC's Lauren Williams, while the Trojans' Kendall Bateman and Washington's Kindra Carlson were selected to the third team.