Saturday September 11, 2010No. 2 Stanford Ends No. 1 Penn State's Streak
Alix Klineman turned in a match-high 16 kills and 10 digs to lead No. 2 Stanford to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-12, 25-18) win against No. 1 Penn State on Saturday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Stanford (7-0) broke Penn State’s NCAA Division I volleyball record 109-match win streak, giving the Nittany Lions their first loss since the Cardinal defeated them on Sept. 15, 2007.
Klineman, the Nike Volleyball Classic Most Valuable Player, totaled 18 points to lead all players. Cassidy Lichtman added 12 kills, 22 assists and seven digs, while libero Gabi Ailes had a match-high 14 digs.
“I think it’s really exciting for my team. We had lost some really big matches in that streak to Penn State, so to have a chance to win a match against them was really great,” Stanford head coach John Dunning said. “They’re a great team and have been for a long time.”
The Nittany Lions were led by All-Tournament selection Blair Brown with 11 kills and five digs.
“I thought Stanford played terrific,” Penn State head coach Russ Rose said. “We’ve played a lot of good matches with this team. Through the streak, we’ve had a lot of ups, downs, and all-arounds, but tonight, they played a lot better than we did. They had three veteran players that played great and they just outplayed us. I thought we had a chance in the first game to win, but they kind of slipped away from us. We played real poorly in the second game and that’s how it went.”