Abbey Bessler recorded her second double-double of the day
A team total 51 kills and 11 service aces allow the Musketeers to grab first victory of season
Musketeers Win Two Conference Titles, Have 50 Named To All-BIG EAST Teams
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
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.
The Xavier volleyball locker room in Cintas Center is undergoing a renovation to give the players more open space and room to get ready for games, study, relax, and study film.
2013 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
2013: Inched up the Xavier record books in a season where the setter was also named AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, AVCA All-Region First Team, All-BIG EAST First Team and a three-time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Selection ... Posted 1,311 assists this season (ninth all-time) and now has 3,665 assists in her career, ranking fifth in Xavier's record books ... After recording career-best .324 attack percentage (131st Nationally, 5th BIG EAST) this season, holds a career hitting percentage of .300 (sixth all-time) ... Averaged 10.83 a/s in all matches (49th Nationally, 2nd BIG EAST) and 11.32 in BIG EAST only contests, which was second best in the league, to pace a Xavier attack that ranked 21st in the nation in assists (13.32) and 24th in kills (14.22) ... Narrowly missed a triple-double nine times this season and was second on the team with 17 double-doubles ... Had 46 assists, nine kills, nine digs and five blocks against No. 22 Creighton ... Registered 48 assists, 11 digs and nine kills versus St. John's ... In a home win over Butler, posted 45 assists, 16 digs and eight kills ... Led XU past Seton Hall with 63 assists and 23 digs in just four sets ... Against conference champion Marquette, notched 46 assists, 22 digs, nine kills and three blocks.
2012: Named Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team, A-10 All-Tournament Team and to the Xavier Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Saw action in 118 sets throughout 32 matches ... Recorded 1,144 assists, 268 digs, 97 blocks and 143 kills ... Averaged 9.69 assists per set, 1.21 kills per set, .82 blocks per set and 2.27 digs per set ... Currently ranks ninth all-time at Xavier with 2354 career-assists. Registered 11 double-doubles on the season ... Opened with double-doubles in the Big Orange Bash against South Carolina St. (31 assists, 11 digs) and Coastal Carolina (38 assists, 10 digs) ... Posted 46 assists, 10 digs against Ole Miss in the Xavier Invitational ... In the Golden Dome Invitational, tallied 48 assists, 15 digs and seven kills against Notre Dame and followed with a 44-assist, 11-dig effort against Loyola Marymount ... Record a season-high 57 assists at Temple, while adding 19 digs ... Handed out 51 assists against No. 12 Dayton .. In A-10 Championship, registered 40 assists and 11 digs versus top-seeded and 12th-ranked Dayton ... Finished season with 56 assists in win at Ball State.
2011: Started all 32 matches as a freshman, seeing action in 115 sets ... named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year ... earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team, All-Rookie Team and was an Honorable Mention for All-Conference ... her 1,210 assists marks the 11th-most assists a Musketeer has had in a season and she is ninth on the career dig list ... named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for an Atlantic 10 and Xavier-record seven times ... named to the Maryland Invitational All-Tournament team ... second on the team in hitting percentage at .304 ... fourth on the team in digs with 219 ... third on the squad in total blocks with 64 (1-63) ... posted five double-doubles, including in the Atlantic 10 championship match vs. Dayton on Nov. 20 where she had 41 assists and 10 digs ... tallied at least 30 assists in 27 matches, including 11 matches where she had over 40 assists ... had a career-high 60 assists vs. Dayton on Nov. 4 to go with her career-high 21 digs ... had six kills on three occasions including at Fordham on Oct. 21 ... had a career-high five service aces vs. VCU on Sept. 3 ... recorded her only solo block of the season vs. Wright State on Sept. 20 ... had a career-high five assisted blocks vs. Toledo on Sept. 17.
Prior to Xavier: Played varsity all four years ... in 2008 she was named to the 2008 All-Conference team ... in 2009 and 2010 earned All-District , All-Region and All-State accolades ... earned a flurry of honors during her high school career including: Prep-Volleyball Senior Aces Top 150, AVCA UnderArmour All-American Watch List, Andi Collins award finalist, and her high school's MVP award
Personal: born June 5, 1993 ... undecided on a major ... daughter of Joe and Bernice Smith ... has three siblings, including former Xavier teammate Alex Smith ... has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, a soup kitchen and a summer camp