Alex Smith climbed to the top of Xavier's record books for career hitting percentage with a 10-kill effort against No. 7 Michigan.
Aug 30, 2013
CINCINNATI - In the opening match of the 2013 volleyball season, the Xavier Musketeers (0-1) fell to the seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines (2-0) in straight sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-19). Seniors Alex Smith and Sarah Brown paced XU's attack with 10 kills apiece.
Behind a kill from Smith and three-consecutive aces from sophomore Makayla Agin, Xavier jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the opening stanza. Michigan, a Final Four team from a year ago, found its grove and recovered to take the first set, 25-18.
Just as it had done in the first set, XU scored the first four points of the second set. But, four unanswered points from Michigan knotted the game at 10. The two teams battled back-and-forth until Michigan gained some distance with three-straight points to grab a 21-19 lead. The Wolverines held on for a 25-22 victory in the set.
The two teams battled for the first two-thirds of the final frame, with Michigan holding a slight one-point lead at 16-15. The Wolverines then used a five-point run to put the set and match out of reach for the Musketeers. UofM closed out the match with a 25-19 victory in set number three.
Smith's 10 kills came on just 17 attempts which, combined with her two errors, gave her a hitting percentage of .471. The middle blocker now stands atop XU's record books with a .339 attacking percentage for her career.
Brown finished with 10 kills and five digs. Agin had a balanced game, finishing with six kills, five aces, two blocks and a pair of digs. In the first match of her Xavier career, freshman Abbey Bessler connected for eight kills and eight digs. As the Musketeers starting libero, sophomore Lauren Metzger picked up 14 digs in the match.
Junior Aubree Smith paced Xavier's attack with 33 assists in the match and moved into eighth-place on the Musketeers' career chart with 2387 assists.
The Musketeers are back in action with an 11 a.m. tilt on Saturday morning against NKU at Cintas Center. The Xavier Invitational will close as Xavier and Clemson meet at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.