Klineman leads top-ranked Stanford to victory

Press, top-ranked soccer team also prevails, beating USC 2-1

Alix Klineman recorded 27 kills, the fifth time she's had 20 or more kills in a match this season, and the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team recovered from a first set loss to defeat No. 8 USC, 18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, Friday at the Galen Center in Los Angeles in a Pac-10 match.

The Cardinal (5-0, 14-0) travels to UCLA, which lost to visiting California in four sets Friday night, for another conference contest Saturday at 7 p.m.

Senior Cassidy Lichtman, the team's full-time starter with sophomore setter Karissaq Cook in a boot, controlled the offense with a season-high 51 assists.

Sophomore Hayley Spelman recorded a career-best 15 kills, on 27 attempts with just two errors for a .481 attack percentage. Senior libero Gabi Ailes finished with 19 digs and two aces as the Cardinal hit .271 for the match. Stephanie Browne added seven blocks, three solo, and Hannah Benjamin recorded 10 digs.

Women's soccer

Christen Press and Palo Alto grad Teresa Noyola each scored in the second half as top-ranked Stanford beat host USC, 2-1, in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor added an assist for the Cardinal (1-0, 10-0-2), which plays at UCLA on Sunday.

The Bruins (1-0, 8-3-1) beat California, 1-0, Friday night.

Press scored her 60th career goal on a 20-yard shot to eclipse the previous Stanford record held since 1993 by Sarah Rafanelli. Noyola scored from the top of the penalty area in the 65th to give Stanford a 2-0 lead.

Stanford won its 12th consecutive Pac-10 victory, dating to 2008.

Stanford was outshot, 13-12. It was only the second time this season that happened after North Carolina did so in a 2-2 draw on Aug. 27.

For Press, the goal was her national-leading 15th of the season and extended her streak of goals to six consecutive matches. She has scored or assisted in 11 consecutive matches.

In alumni news, Stanford grad Ali Riley earned a berth in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup by helping New Zealand to the Oceania Nations Cup title on Friday.

Riley scored the first goal of her international career when she smashed a left-footed shot from 20 yards in the seventh minute of an 11-0 victory over Papua New Guinea in the tournament's grand final.

Riley also supplied a cross from the left that teammate Rosie White headed in to give the Football Ferns a 2-0 lead in the 15th minute. Riley finished with a goal and two assists.

Men's soccer

Washington's Matt Van Houten scored twice within two minutes early in the second half as the Huskies beat visiting Stanford, 2-0, in a Pac-10 match Friday night.

The Cardinal (0-2, 4-6) was limited to three shots on goal for the contest.

Stanford is at Oregon State on Sunday.

Field hockey

Katherine Donner scored twice, and No. 17 Stanford scored five times in the second half of Friday night's 6-0 nonconference victory over visiting Harvard.

Becky Dru, Xanthe Travlos and Hope Burke also scored goals for Stanford (8-3), which matched its season best three-game winning streak.

The Cardinal travels to Syracuse for a nonconference match Friday.

Women's crew

Cardinal rowers Elle Logan, Grace Luczak and Lindsay Meyer are among the 24 crews that will represent the United States at the World Rowing Championships scheduled to begin October 31 in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.

Logan, an Olympic gold medalist, and the rest of the U.S. women's eight (W8+) were named to the national team in late September. She had been training in the selection camp since the end of the Stanford school year in June, and worked her way into the top eight in the final weeks of selection camp.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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