Stanford seniors Gabi Ailes, Alix Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman have been so instrumental in the success of the Cardinal women's volleyball team this season. And, their efforts haven't gone unnoticed.
All three were named to the All-Pacific Region Team on Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, joining 11 other players in the nation's most competitive region.
Klineman earned a spot on the team for the fourth straight season, becoming the 10th player in school history to accomplish that feat. Lichtman is being honored for the second consecutive year, while Ailes earned honorable mention accolades last year. All three went on to become All-Americans in 2009.
Stanford's three selections tied California, USC and Washington for the most of any school in the region. Twelve of the 14 players selected hail from the Pac-10 Conference.
Players listed in the top 14 are now eligible to become AVCA All-Americans. The 2010 All-America teams will be announced on Dec. 15.
Ailes, a libero from Bellevue, Neb., has broken every Stanford digs record. The career leader with 2,111, Ailes is just the seventh Pac-10 player to record over 2,000 digs and currently ranks fourth all-time in the history of the conference. She is averaging 4.70 digs per set this season, upping that mark to 5.23 digs per set in conference play. Ailes tied her career high with nine assists in the team's NCAA First Round match against Albany on Dec. 3. She followed up with 14 digs and eight assists versus Colorado State in the Second Round.
Klineman, a native of Manhattan Beach, is the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year. The outside hitter is the ninth player in Pac-10 history and the fourth in school history with over 1,900 kills. Earlier this season she became the eighth Stanford player to register both 1,000 career kills and digs. Klineman leads the Pac-10 in kills (5.48) and points per set (6.19), also ranking second in the nation in both categories. Her 548 kills this season and her .374 hitting percentage are both career highs.
As a setter/hitter, Lichtman has recorded 16 double-doubles, including four triple-doubles for the Cardinal this season. A key all-around player, she is averaging 2.30 kills, 8.06 assists and 2.50 digs per set. Her 2,309 career assists ranks eighth-best in Stanford history. Lichtman earned Pac-10 Player of the Week twice this season for her efforts against the Los Angeles and Arizona schools in November. She was one dig shy of her fifth triple-double of the season with 13 kills, 14 assists and nine digs in the team's win over Albany on Dec. 3.
Stanford continues postseason play on Friday against Ohio State in the Dayton Regional. The teams square off at 4 p.m. (PT) at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.