Volleyball Drops 3-1 Decision to Kansas at MT Invitational
Aug. 29, 2009
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Xavier volleyball dropped its second match of the Middle Tennessee Saturday afternoon, 3-1 (25-15, 20-25, 17-25, 16-25), to Kansas after opening the weekend with a win over Murray State Friday night. XU will wrap up with weekend against host Middle Tennessee at 8:30 p.m.
For the Musketeers, senior Hillary Otte tallied a match-high 16 kills while senior Kelly Ruth and junior Shannon Voors each added seven. Freshman Stephanie Vorherr got under 10 digs and junior Claire Paszkiewicz set 40 assists.
Xavier (1-1) came out fast in the first set, jumping out to an 11-3 lead as KU burned its second timeout of the frame. The Musketeers continued to play well, keeping the Jayhawks out of contention, and rattled off three quick points behind a kill from Paszkiewicz and consecutive set errors by Kansas. Xavier took the first set, 25-25, to hold the 1-0 match lead.
Kansas (1-1) took control of the second set after three straight points gave the Jayhawks an 11-6 advantage. Xavier took a minute to talk it over and out of the break pulled to within two, 13-11. The two squads were knotted at 17-17 but KU put together a 4-0 run before taking the second game, 25-20, to tie the match at one set apiece.
In the third set, XU held the lead through a seven-all tie before KU fired off seven of the next nine points to jump out, 15-8. The Musketeers would never recover, falling behind by as many as 10 in the set. The Jayhawks ended up with a 25-17 victory.
The first half of the fourth set stayed close as Kansas tied the frame at 10-all before scoring five of the next six to break the game open, 15-11. KU's largest lead of the set was eight, 25-17, which was the final margin. Kansas took the fourth frame and the match, 3-1.
The Jayhawks were led by Page Mazour with 13 kills and Melissa Manda with 14 digs.
The Musketeers will play another match this evening versus host Middle Tennessee. First serve is set for 8:30 p.m. at Alumni Memorial Gym.