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.
Bessler Joins Smith Sisters On First Team.
The Musketeers And Bluejays Will Meet In Second Semifinal Match On Friday.
Xavier's Middle Blocker Won The Award For The Second Time In Three Weeks.
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.
All For One raffle tickets are now available for purchase on GoXavier.com. Purchase one ticket for $50 or three tickets for $100 and enter yourself for a chance to win $25,000.
Volleyball's Alex Smith is this week's Meet the Musketeer. Smith talks about playing with her sister and her superstitions prior to games.
2012 Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team
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.