Smith named to First Team, Bessler Honorable Mention
The Musketeers finish tied for third in BIG EAST Championship
Xavier led Creighton in three stat categories
With the win, Xavier earned the last berth into the BIG EAST Championship.
Xavier needs one more win to clinch BIG EAST Tournament berth.
For Xavier volleyball's Abbey Bessler family is everything. The freshman outside hitter lights up when talking about her large family, and she lets Xavier fans know that her mother's volleyball career serves as her motivation.
2013 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
2013 AVCA All-Region First Team
2013 AVCA East Region Rookie of the Year
2013 All-BIG EAST First Team
2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team
Two-Time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Five-Time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Selection
2013: Etched her name into Xavier's record books as a freshman, recording the second most attacks (1376) in a season in program history ... Holds five of Xavier's top-ten single-game marks for attempts in a match ... Racked up the postseason accolades, including AVCA All-American Honorable Mention, AVCA All-Region Rookie of the Year, AVCA All-Region First Team and All-BIG EAST First Team ... Was twice named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week and earned five nods to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll ... Averaged 3.75 k/s (66th Nationally, 4th BIG EAST), 4.33 points/set (60th Nationally, 3rd BIG EAST) and 3.14 d/s ... Posted 21 double-doubles to lead the team ... Was at her best in the biggest matches ... Had 10 kills and 12 digs at No. 13 Ohio State ... Tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Week following a 20 kill (.415 hitting percent) and 12 dig performance at Butler ... Against No. 22 Creighton, registered 20 kills and 15 digs ... In the second meetings against Butler and Creighton, Bessler tallied 22 kills and 10 digs versus the Bulldogs and 21 kills and career-high 23 digs against the Bluejays ... Had 15 kills and 13 digs against BIG EAST Conference and Tournament Champion Marquette ... Earned second freshman of the week honor following double-doubles versus Villanova (18 kills, 16 digs, five blocks) and Georgetown (11 kills, 14 digs, four blocks) ... Set career high for kills with 25 at Georgetown, a single-match total that ranks tied-6th all-time at Xavier.
Prior to Xavier: Was an essential key to St. Henry District High School's success, playing at the varsity level all four years ... In 2010 earned Kentucky Honorable Mention ... assisted in winning Region 9 Championship ... In 2011 was named Team MVP, awarded Kentucky State First Team Honors and helped lead her team to a Fall Classic Championship ... In 2012 she earned several accolades for her play, including being named Team MVP and Kentucky State First Team for her second time within two years, Co-MVP of the DII KGVCA and Region 9 Player of the Year ... Her senior year she assisted her team to an All-A State Championship.
Personal: Born November 1st, 1994 ... daughter of Vince and Kathy Bessler ... Has seven other siblings ... at St. Henry District High School was a member of NHS and Crusaders for Life ... also committed to volunteer work by tutoring, helping a local basketball team and completing school service hours ... majoring in Occupational Therapy.