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Xavier volleyball player Lauren Metzger describes what Xavier means to her and why she's glad she came to Xavier.
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.
2013 All-BIG EAST Championship Team
2013: Played all 121 sets in each of Xavier's 32 matches ... Recorded 475 digs, a total that ranks seventh in XU's record books ... Ranked ninth in the BIG EAST at 3.93 d/s in all games and 4.10 d/s in conference only matches, while being an integral component in helping Xavier lead the league and rank No. 3 in the nation with 18.02 d/s ... Posted 21 digs against UC Irvine and followed with 23 against American ... Set career-high with 27 digs at Seton Hall ... Picked up 23 digs in XU's win at Georgetown ... In final three regular-season matches, posted dig totals of 17 versus Georgetown (3 sets), 18 at Marquette (4 sets) and 16 at DePaul (3 sets) ... Saved best performance of the season for BIG EAST Tournament, collecting career-high tying 27 digs in the semifinals against Creighton to earn All-BIG EAST Championship Team accolades.
2012: Played in four sets spread over four matches on the season ... Saw first action as a Musketeer in Xavier's win over Tennessee Tech ... Registered first-career dig against Texas A&M in the Delaware Invitational.
2011: Redshirted as a freshman
Prior to Xavier: Played varsity volleyball all four years at North Tonawanda ... in 2008 her team placed third at Nationals ... received numerous accolades in high school including: All-American, All-Western New York, USA National Youth Team ... also played on the Youth National A2 team
Personal: Born January 5, 1993 ... an liberal arts major ... daughter of Brian and Martha Metzger ... has three siblings ... has spent time volunteering for meals on wheels and the Special Olympics