Musketeers Win Two Conference Titles, Have 50 Named To All-BIG EAST Teams
XU's All-Time Attack Leader Nabs One More Collegiate Award
Bessler Joins The Smith Sisters To Set A New Program Standard For The Award.
Musketeers Get Three First Team Nods, Bessler Named Rookie Of The Year
Metzger Was Named To The All-Tournament Team With A Match-High 27 Digs.
Xavier volleyball head coach Mike Johnson has a nickname for nearly everyone, especially his players. Some of the players have multiple nicknames, some of them have changed over the years. Mike and several of his players took the time to speak with GoXavier regarding the nicknames, including how some of the nicknames were earned and how they related to the FBI.
GoXavier.com sat down with Xavier volleyball head coach Mike Johnson to discuss the team's success during the 2012 campaign and take a look ahead at the 2013 season.
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Volleyball's Alex Smith is this week's Meet the Musketeer. Smith talks about playing with her sister and her superstitions prior to games.
2013 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
2013: Graduated as one of the most prolific middles Xavier has seen, rewriting much of XU's record books ... Set program-record for attack percentage in a season (.414) and career (.356) ... Played in all 121 sets in each of XU's 32 games, giving her 503 sets played (third all-time) and 140 matches played (1st all-time) ... Also broke into Xavier's record books with 363 assisted blocks (sixth), 403 total blocks (seventh) and 1,429.5 points (fifth) ... Joined sister Aubree Smith and Abbey Bessler as AVCA All-America Honorable Mention recipients ... Also named AVCA All-Region First Team, All-BIG EAST First Team, Preseason All-BIG EAST, two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week and Two-Time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection.
Opened season with 10 kills and .471 attack percentage against No. 7 Michigan and 14 kills (.478 hitting percentage) versus NKU in the Xavier Invitational ... Had a string of seven-consecutive matches with double-digit kills: UC Irvine (12), American (15), at Butler (11), Seton Hall (14), No. 22 Creighton (11), St. John's (14) and Butler (12) ... Hammered home 15 kills in Xavier's win at Seton Hall ... Named BIG EAST Player of the Week after tallying 22 kills with zero errors and a whopping .550 hitting percentage in a pair of road wins at Georgetown (13 kills, three blocks) and Villanova (nine kills, four blocks) ... Posted 12 kills with zero errors in just 15 attempts (.800 hitting percentage) in Xavier's win at DePaul to earn second BIG EAST Player of the week nod.
2012: Earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team accolades for the second-straight season ... Named to the Delaware Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Played in all 32 matches and all 118 sets possible ... Finished the season with 291 kills, .373 hitting percentage and 102 blocks ... Season hitting percentage of .373 ranks fourth-best all-time in XU history and was 29th in the country ... Finished the season with a career-hitting percentage of .338, tying Xavier Hall of Fame member Sara Bachus for the best in program history ... Opened season with back-to-back 11-kill performances against South Carolina St. and Coastal Carolina ... Posted 10 kills, five blocks against Ole Miss ... Had three-straight double-digit kill efforts against Columbia (10), Delaware (10) and Notre Dame (15) ... Registered a career-high 20 kills at Temple, while adding six blocks ... Went errorless on back-to-back road matches at Butler and Saint Louis, finishing the two-match stretch with 26 kills and zero errors in 42 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .619 ... Against 12th-ranked Dayton, registered 15 kills ... Had 14 kills in final match of the season at Ball State.
2011: Started all 32 matches for Xavier, seeing action in 116 sets ... Atlantic 10 First-Team All-Conference member ... named to the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup and Michigan/adidas All-Tournament rosters ... led the team in hitting percentage at .317 and blocking (16-96) ... second on the team in kills (264)...posted double-digits kills on nine occasions ... posted a career-high in assisted blocks with eight in the A-10 championship match vs. Dayton on Nov. 20 ... passed a career-high seven digs vs. La Salle on Sept. 24 ... tallied a season-high in kills vs. Dayton on Nov. 4 with 15 ... recorded one assist six times including in the A-10 semifinal match vs. Saint Louis on Nov. 19.
2010: Started 12 matches for XU and saw action in 42 sets in her second season for the Musketeers before being sidelined with an injury ... notched four double-digit kill matches, including a career-high 19 vs. Virginia Tech on Aug. 28 ... recorded 102 kills and 28 total blocks on the season.
2009: Named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference All Rookie Team ... earned A-10 Rookie of the Week honors on Oct. 12 ... recorded a career-high 17 kills at Western Kentucky on Sept. 28 and a career-high three solo blocks to go with four assisted blocks and 13 kills versus Tennessee on Sept. 6 ... tallied 10 double-digit kill matches and had three or more blocks 11 times ... led the team, ranked fourth in the A-10 and 141st in the nation in hitting percentage with a .311 average ... finished the season ranked second on the team in solo blocks (11), assisted blocks (65) and total blocks (76) and third in kills with 228
Prior to Xavier: Was an integral part of Cor Jesu's Missouri state runner-up finish in 2007 and was named to the All-Region Second Team in addition to All-Conference and All-District honors following her junior year ... was selected to the USA Volleyball Development A1 camp in 2007 ... in 2008 she helped lead her team to the district finals and earned several accolades for her play including being named to the All-District First Team, All-Region First Team and All-State Honorable Mention Team ... was named team MVP her senior season and was named to the Prep Volleyball Senior Aces list.
Personal: Daughter of Joe and Bernice Smith ... a member of Pen Pals, Benin Babies and was a Varsity basketball manager ... also worked at Hope Montessori Academy as a teacher's aid and a lifeguard ... born May 7, 1991 in Austin, Texas ... Majoring in Electronic Media.