Spelman, Williams ably handle hitting duties in volleyball win

Top-ranked Stanford beats Oregon State in three sets

With senior Cassidy Lichtman turned full-time setter, the Stanford women's volleyball team turned to a pair of younger players to complement the dynamic swings from senior outside hitter Alix Klineman.

Sophomore Hayley Spelman recorded 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .550, freshman Rachel Williams added 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .625, Klineman had 16 kills and hit .417 and the top-ranked Cardinal downed visiting Oregon State, 25-15, 25-17, 25-19, in a Pac-10 Conference match on Friday night.

Stanford (3-0, 12-0) plays host to Oregon on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Ducks were knocked off the ranks of the undefeated when California (3-0, 13-0) swept them in Berkeley, also Friday.

Oregon (2-1, 14-1) beat Stanford in Eugene last year.

Sophomore Karissa Cook, who normally shares setting duties with Lichtman, was unavailable against the Beavers due to an injury. She remains doubtful for the Oregon contest.

Lichtman, arguably the most versatile volleyball player in the nation, seamlessly slipped into her setter's mode and recorded a season-best 41 assists.

Senior libero Gabi Ailes added 16 digs.

Women's swimming

Freshman Andi Taylor won three events and Stanford beat visiting San Jose State, 187-100, in a nonconference meet Friday.

Taylor won the 200 free with a B time of 1:48.58, two seconds ahead of fellow freshman Maya DiRado (1:51.02), the 200 fly (2:02.58), a second a head of classmate Kirstie Chen (2:03.69) and the 500 free (4:53.31) ahead of classmate Allison Arnold (5:05.69).

Kate Dwelley had the top time in the 100 fly at 54.27 with a B standard, after Stanford stopped scoring following a large lead.

Stanford freshman Stephanie Phipps won the 1-meter diving (215.18 points) and DiRado won the 200 back with a B standard of 1:58.60. Stanford All-American Meg Hostage took the 3-meter diving (263.25).

Sophomore Andi Murez won the 100 back (56.97) and the 100 free (50.53).

Stanford won all but one event, as Betsy Webb, Liz Smith, Sam Woodward and Dwelley began things off with the 200 medley relay title (1:43.11), followed by Kelsey Ditto (10:01.01) in the 1000 free, and Smith in the 100 breast (1:03.69). Webb also won the 50 free, beating off teammate, Woodward by three hundreths of a second, 23.33 to 23.36.

Webb, Woodward, Dwelley and Murez closed out the meet with a time of 1:33.82 in the 200 free relay.

Former All-American Julia Smit, swimming unattached, won the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.37. Smith had the top current varsity time at 2:02.76.

— PA Weekly Online Sports

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