Klineman wins Pac-10 Player of Week award for a third time

Cardinal looks ahead to Big Spike on Friday with first place on the line

The Stanford women's volleyball team will need another strong effort from senior outside hitter Alix Klineman when it hosts California in a battle for first place in the Pac-10 Conference on Friday night.

Klineman has been so consistently good she could probably star in an 'On Demand' volleyball feature.

How good has she been?

Klineman earned Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Player of the Week honors for the third time this season in Monday's announcement.

She averaged 6.71 kills, 2.57 digs and 7.29 points per set and a .511 hitting percentage in wins over top-10 opponent Washington and Washington State.

Against the Huskies on Friday, Klineman had 32 kills on 60 attempts ,with just two errors, for a .500 attack percentage. Washington entered the weekend leading the conference in opponent hitting percentage, holding other teams to a .112 hitting percentage. Klineman also had 13 digs, for her seventh double-double. She became the eighth player in Stanford history to record 1,000 career kills and digs.

Klineman recorded a match-high 15 kills, had five digs and a solo block in Saturday's win over the Cougars. In conference matches, she leads the league in kills (6.69), points (7.09) and hitting percentage (.419).

It is Klineman's sixth career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, and the 72nd all-time weekly recognition for Stanford.

Field hockey

No. 20 Stanford (9-5) was upset by host Northeastern, 2-1, in overtime on Monday.

The Cardinal returns home from its three games in five days road trip to host Pacific in a NorPac contest Sunday at 1 p.m.

Becky Dru scored Stanford's lone goal two minutes into the second half. She was assisted by Stephanie Byrne and Kelsey Lloyd.


Stanford's game at Washington on Oct. 30 has been picked up by the Versus television network (Dish: 151, Direct TV: 603) and will kickoff at 4 p.m in Seattle.

The game with the Huskies will mark the seventh-straight on television.

This Saturday's Homecoming Game with Washington State will take place at 2 p.m at Stanford Stadium and be broadcast on Fox College Sports.

Men's tennis

Stanford's Alex Clayton stopped Fresno State's Remi Boutillier, 6-4, 6-4, Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Taube Tennis Center.

It took top-seeded Ryan Thacher a little longer to get by Pacific's Artem Gramma, a 9-17 seed. Thacher went three sets before gaining a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory. He's slated to meet Cal's carlos Cueto in the quarterfinals. Clayton beat Washington's Kyle McMorrow, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarters.

In doubles play, freshmen Daniel Ho and Jamin Ball knocked off top-seeded teammates Bradley Klahn and Thacher, 8-3, to reach the semifinals.

Cal's Chris Konigsfldt and Nick Andrews beat Ho and Ball, 8-6, in the semifinals. The doubles final takes place Tuesday at 10 a.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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