Smith Named All-Tournament; XU Falls In Final Match Of Xavier Invitational

Aubree Smith was named to the Xavier Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Aubree Smith was named to the Xavier Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Sept. 1, 2012

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CINCINNATI - The Xavier volleyball team fell in three sets (26-24, 25-21, 27-25) to Marquette in the Musketeers final match of the Xavier Invitational. Xavier (4-3) finished the tournament with a win over Tennessee Tech and losses to Ole Miss and Marquette (4-1), who won the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record.

Aubree Smith was named to the all-tournament team after recording 106 assists in the Musketeers three matches. Smith recorded a tournament-high-tying 46 assists in Xavier's match against Ole Miss.

Xavier fell behind by as many as six points in the first set, but a kill and service ace by Kelsey Dunaway on back-to-back plays helped the Musketeers erase the deficit and tie the set at 23-all. Marquette's Danielle Carlson and XU's Amé White exchanged kills, but the Golden Eagles closed out the set, 26-24, with a pair of assisted blocks.

After falling behind by eight-points, 22-14, in the second set, Xavier used a 7-1 run to pull within a couple of points and put some pressure on Marquette. The Golden Eagles responded with back-to-back kills to claim the set, 25-21.

The Musketeers regrouped during intermission and were on the attack from the onset of the third set. Xavier enjoyed its largest lead of the set, 12-8, after a kill by Smith. Marquette responded with five-unanswered points and forced Xavier to call a timeout. Trailing, 23-21, late in the set Xavier put up three-straight points on a solo block by Smith, a service ace from Sarah Brown and a solo block by Dunway. The Golden Eagles staved off the Musketeers set point and eventually recorded consecutive kills to end the match with a 27-25 score in the third set.

Brown finished the tournament with 40 kills and 30 digs. Alex Smith (23), White (20) and Dunaway (20) each surpassed 20 kills in the three-event.

Xavier will prepare for a mid-week match at Miami (OH) in Oxford, Ohio. The 7 p.m. match will be played Millett Hall.

All-Tournament Team
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette (MVP)
Lindsey Gosh, Marquette
Danielle Carlson, Marquette
Ashley Veach, Ole Miss
Amanda Philpot, Ole Miss
Aubree Smith, Xavier
Kelsey Gray, Tennessee Tech