Volleyball Downs Duquesne, 3-2, In Saturday Afternoon Thriller

Sophomore Abbey Bessler recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 kills and 18 digs.

Sophomore Abbey Bessler recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 kills and 18 digs.
Aug. 30, 2014

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CINCINNATI - The Xavier volleyball team nabbed its second win of the Queen City Invitational in a 3-2 thriller over preseason A-10 favorite Duquesne on Saturday afternoon at Cintas Center.

"What a match!" said head coach Mike Johnson. "We pride ourselves on being tough and resilient. With our backs against the wall, we found a way to win. Really good teams have a way of doing that and I'm glad we were able to respond against a really good Duquesne team."

Sophomore Abbey Bessler recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 kills and 18 digs. Redshirt-freshman Alexis Newsome assisted in five of Xavier's seven blocks. Alex Blair, Kristen Massa and Makayla Agin tallied double-digit kills with 13, 12 and 16, respectively. Mackenzi Humm dished out 44 assists and freshman Jesse Earl chipped in 19 digs.

The Dukes (0-2) took the first set from the Musketeers, 25-23, but Xavier quickly rebounded in the second set. Xavier put up five large blocks to sway the points in its favor and win the set, 25-18.

In the third set Xavier came out swinging, recording 18 kills and three service aces. Agin, Bessler and Blair all recorded a set-high four kills each to assist in the win, 25-20.

Xavier took an early 2-1 lead in set four, but Duquesne battled back and took advantage of Musketeer miscues down the stretch to capture the frame, 25-15.

Neither squad led by more than two points in the fifth frame before the Musketeers pulled out the 15-13 win with a match-high .450 hitting percentage in the set.

Xavier continues Queen City Invitational action against crosstown rival Cincinnati tonight at 6 p.m. at Cintas Center.