Vorherr Breaks All-Time Digs Record; White Helps Xavier Win At Miami

With a 20-dig performance against Miami (OH), Stephanie Vorherr broke Xavier's all-time digs record on Tuesday night.
 
With a 20-dig performance against Miami (OH), Stephanie Vorherr broke Xavier's all-time digs record on Tuesday night.
 

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OXFORD, Ohio - Xavier needed Stephanie Vorherr's record-breaking performance and Amé White's double-double to defeat Miami in five sets (28-30, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 15-11) on Tuesday evening.

Vorherr reached the career-milestone for digs midway through the fourth set when she recorded three digs in a matter of minutes. The senior libero finished the match with 20 digs, giving her 1,735 for her career. Beth Osterday previously set the mark at 1,728 digs during her four-year career that lasted from 1996-99.

"I want to congratulate Stephanie on her accomplishment. It is truly remarkable what she has accomplished," said head coach Mike Johnson. "She has been a fixture of Xavier's backline for a long time and has set a mark that will be hard to beat."

This marks Vorherr's second-straight game where she broke a Musketeer record. In her last match against Ole Miss, the Cincinnati native posted 46 digs to surpass her own record of 43 originally set in 2010 against Dayton.

White had her best performance as a Musketeer, posting career highs in kills (19) and digs (19). The senior from Salt Lake City had previously recorded 12 kills on three-different occasions, the last coming earlier this year against Coastal Carolina. This marks the second-straight match in which White increased her personal-record for digs. Against Marquette on Saturday, she successfully passed 13 digs.

Xavier (5-3) found itself trailing, 22-20, late in the first set and used an attack error by Miami (1-6) and an ace by Vorherr to tie the game. The two teams traded points and multiple set points until the RedHawks were able to capitalize on a kill by Madison Dodd, an attack error by the Musketeers and another kill by Dodd to claim the set, 30-28.

Powered by a strong defense that forced six-early attack errors by the RedHawks, the Musketeers built a seven-point lead, 11-4, to open the second set. Xavier withstood a rally by Miami that cut the XU lead to two, before winning the set, 25-22, and tie the match at one-all.

Xavier built a four-point lead, 14-10, in the third set, only to watch Miami score five-unanswered points to claim the lead. The RedHawks took advantage of 10 Xavier errors in the set, eventually winning, 25-21.

Miami, riding its momentum from the third set, jumped out to as much as a five-point margin. However, the Musketeers stormed back scoring seven-straight points on Vorherr's serve and won the set, 25-19. For the second time of the night, Xavier trailed by a set only to come back and tie the match.

In the decisive-fifth set, Xavier staked an 8-3 lead and never let Miami get closer than three points the rest of the way. Fittingly, White put away the winning point with her career- and match-high 19th kill.

"It happens every season, there is a night on the road when the home team gets hot and the ball bounces their way," said Johnson. "On those nights, the ball never seems to bounce your way and you can't quite get comfortable. That night was certainly tonight and Miami deserves credit for their effort. But, I am proud of our team for finding a way to win anyway."

Sarah Brown dug 19 attacks, making her the third Musketeer in the match with at least 19 digs. Aubree Smith passed 39 assists and Kelsey Dunaway added nine kills in the victory.

Xavier travels to Newark, Del., for the Asics Invitational hosted by the University of Delaware. The Musketeers open play at 10 a.m. on Friday against Texas A&M, who enters the tournament receiving votes in the AVCA poll. XU rounds out the tournament with a 5 p.m. match on Friday against Columbia and a 7p.m. match on Saturday against Delaware.

 

 

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