Freshman Kathryn Traut had five kills and two blocks in XU's win over GSU
Sept. 5, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Xavier volleyball team started off the weekend with a win Friday night at the Georgia Tech Regency Suites Classic, sweeping Georgia State, 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-21). The Musketeers’ record remains unblemished as they move to 4-0 on the young season with the victory over the Panthers. XU was led by current Atlantic 10 Player of the Week junior Hillary Otte with a match-high 10 kills.
The first set was never in question as Xavier never trailed in the frame. In fact, there was only one tie at 1-1. XU blasted out to an 8-2 lead forcing GSU to take a timeout. After the break, the Musketeers used an 8-2 run to extend their lead to 16-4 and put the set out of reach. After back-to-back kills from sophomore Claire Paszkiewicz, a Panther attack error sealed the 25-12 first-set win for XU.
Georgia State rallied in the second set and took an early 3-1 lead to start the frame. The Musketeers battled back, taking the lead at 7-6 on a kill from Ruth. The two squads would fight through 11 ties and six lead changes in the frame and a kill from Otte knotted the game at 23-all. GSU decided to call timeout to take a minute to talk it over but a Panther attacking error gave XU set-point and freshman Michelle Matia smashed the winning kill. Xavier took the set, 25-23, and a two-set lead, 2-0.
Xavier used a 4-0 run early in the third frame to jump ahead, 7-4. Two consecutive Panther attacking errors gave XU the 17-9 advantage, its largest of the game. Georgia State used a run of its own to pull to within five, 22-17, but Xavier was not backing down. A kill from sophomore Shannon Voors won the set, 25-21, and the match, 3-0, for the musketeers.
Xavier returns to action Saturday evening as they tale on the host of the Regency Suites Classic, Georgia Tech, at 5 p.m. in O’Keefe Gym.