Beating No. 5 Texas and upsetting No. 1 Penn State will get one noticed in a hurry. Accomplish that in a tournament and earn Most Valuable Player honors will get one the kind of recognition that Stanford Alix Klineman received on Tuesday when she was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week.
Klineman, a senior outside hitter, sparked the then-No. 2 Cardinal to those very big victories last weekend at the first annual Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic, hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Klineman began the weekend by chalking up 10 kills, nine digs, three blocks and two aces in Stanford's whitewashing of the Longhorns. She followed by powering the Cardinal to a 3-0 victory over the three-time defending national champion Nittany Lions, snapping Penn State's history-making 109-match win streak in the process. Klineman registered 16 kills in the match, putting her over the 1,500 kill mark for her career, and collected 10 digs and two aces to tally a double-double.
For the week, Klineman averaged 4.33 kills, 3.16 digs and 5.33 points per set. This is the second time Klineman has been honored as the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, her last nod coming Oct. 6, 2009. It also marks the 13th time an athlete from Stanford has earned the distinction.
The Cardinal, coached by John Dunning, took a 7-0 record into this week and on Monday took over the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Stanford will visit St. Mary's on Friday and USF on Saturday, both nonconference matches at 7 p.m.