No. 2 Stanford Beats No. 10 USC In Four Sets
Nov. 21, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. -- Foluke Akinradewo had a match-high 19 kills and hit .571 (19-3-28) as the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal defeated the No. 10 USC Women of Troy, 3-1 (25-10, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18), in a Pac-10 Conference match. Alix Klineman chipped in 17 kills for a Stanford squad that hit .331 on the evening while USC committed 26 hitting errors.
Stanford improved to 23-3 on the season and 14-1 in Pac-10 play while USC fell to 16-9 overall and 8-7 in conference.
Cassidy Lichtman had 48 assists for the Cardinal, adding seven digs and five blocks while Cynthia Barboza had 10 kills, 13 digs, three aces and two blocks. Gabi Ailes had 24 digs to lead Stanford.
Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) led USC with 12 kills and hit .550 in the match (12-1-20) with three blocks. Jessica Gysin added 11 kills for the Trojans while Alex Jupiter recorded 10 kills. Junior All-America setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had four kills, 39 assists, 10 digs and three blocks and became just the second setter in USC history to record 4,000 career assists.
Akinradewo went back-to-back as Stanford raced to a 6-0 start in the first set. Kimmee Roleder finally broke the streak for USC as a 4-1 run brought the Trojans within three at 7-4, but a service error and two straight attack errors put the Cardinal back in the six-point lead, 10-4. Barboza's service ace capped an 8-2 run as the Cardinal won easily with Klineman later finishing the set with another ace. The Cardinal hit .440 in the set (13-2-25) as the Trojans committed eight errors in the set.
Zoe Garrett's kill gave USC a 6-5 lead in set two before Janet Okogbaa tied it and the Cardinal added to more points for the 8-6 margin. Roleder and Garrett teamed on a block to tie it at 8-8, but Klineman and Akinradewo completed a long rally but recording the block for the 10-8 Stanford advantage. Back-to-back errors by the Women of Troy increased the Cardinal lead to 16-12, but a Carico/Garrett block helped as USC would trail, 17-15. Gysin and Williams recorded solo blocks against Akinradewo, but Barboza's kill kept Stanford ahead at 20-18. Stanford's service error provided the key for USC as Williams followed with an overpass kill and the go-ahead kill for a 21-20 USC lead. Akinradewo evened it after the Stanford timeout as both teams traded a point for a 22-22 score. Carico then sneaked a shot as USC retook the lead and Gysin hit a pile driver for set point. Carico delivered again with the "310" kill to tie the match.
Klineman made it a 5-4 score for the Cardinal in the third set. Garrett started three straight as USC took the lead at 7-5. Lichtman snuck a kill as the Cardinal trailed, 11-10, but the Trojans were able to make it a three-point lead later as Jupiter and Garrett made it a 15-12 USC margin. Stanford quickly regained the momentum as Akinradewo completed a 5-2 run with her overpass kill handing the Cardinal the 17-16 lead. Gysin tied it, but Akinradewo and Klineman put Stanford ahead, 20-17. After USC burned its final timeout of the set, Akinradewo got the Maples Pavilion crowd going with another kill as the Cardinal pushed it to set point at 24-18. Roleder gave a gleam of hope as kills from Carico and Williams made it a 24-21 score before Barboza recorded the kill off the block for a 2-1 Stanford lead in the match.
In the fourth set, the Cardinal mirrored its performance from the first set as Stanford rattled off four straight points at the start. Gysin got USC's first point, but Lichtman's service ace gave Stanford a six-point lead at 10-4. With a 16-9 deficit, the Trojans looked to mount a comeback with a 6-3 run. Both teams traded points as Akinradewo kept the Cardinal lead at five, 22-17. The 4-1 run by the Cardinal finished the match win with Akinradewo providing the finishing touch.
USC travels to No. 7 Cal tomorrow night for a 5 p.m. match that will be broadcast on FOX Sports Net.
Notes: Taylor Carico needs 233 assists to break the USC career mark of 4,258, set by Janice Mounts (1995-98)...Carico registered double digits in digs for her third straight match and her fifth in her last seven matches...USC's 10 points in the first set were the fewest scored this season (games 1-4)...Lauren Williams recorded eight straight kills in the match before her first error...Williams registered double-digit kills for the eighth time this season...Williams hit over .500 in a match for the fourth time this season (10 or more attempts)...Roleder's four kills matched her lowest kill total this season (two other times).
USC 10-25-21-18 STAN 25-22-25-25