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Klineman shoulders load for Stanford women's volleyball

Fourth-ranked Cardinal (2-0) beats Pepperdine in four sets at Lobo Classic

Senior outside hitter Alix Klineman recorded 18 kills and the Stanford women's volleyball team beat Pepperdine, 25-14, 25-17, 21-25, 25-16, at the Elegante Lobo Classic in Albuquerque Saturday.

Freshman Carly Wopat added 13 kills and hit .600 and senior Cassidy Lichtman had 10 kills to go with 24 assists and five blocks for the fourth-ranked Cardinal (2-0), which plays host New Mexico on Sunday.

Klineman played with shoulder problems last year and now says the shoulder is nearly 100 percent. She's led Stanford in kills and hit over .400 in each of the first two contests. A sure sign she's ready for another All-American season.

Wopat added a match-high eight blocks, one solo, as the Cardinal outblocked the Waves, and outhit them, .322-.157. Senior libero Gabi Ailes had 11 digs.

Stanford went up, 6-1, in the first set and never looked back. Pepperdine was within 8-6 in the second set before kills from Lichtman and Jessica Walker sparked a Cardinal rally.

The third set was tied at 15-all when the Waves went on a 6-1 run to take control. Stanford never trailed in the fourth set, opening up a 12-5 advantage en route to the victory.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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