Volleyball Falls to No. 7 Michigan, 3-1
Sept. 5, 2009
CINCINNATI - After winning the first set against No. 7 Michigan, the Xavier volleyball team went on to drop a 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 21-25, 13-25) decision in its second match of the 2009 Xavier Invitational Saturday evening in Cintas Center. Freshman libero Stephanie Vorherr got under a career- and match-high 29 digs in the loss for the Musketeers.
Also for XU, three Musketeers posted double-doubles in the match as both seniors Kelly Ruth and Lauren Kaminsky had 10 kills and 10 digs. Junior Claire Paszkiewicz set 37 assists to go with 15 digs as well. Senior Hillary Otte was the third Muskie to post double-digit kills with 10 to go with a team-high five blocks.
Xavier (1-4) came out strong in the first set, going up 5-1 on the visiting Wolverines. UM put together a 5-0 run to overcome the deficit and held a 6-5 advantage. The score would be tied a total of seven times in the set, including 24-all until a Wolverine serving error gave the Musketeers set point. Michigan's Veronica Rood's attacking error ended the first game with XU on top, 26-24.
Michigan (4-0) found itself down early in the second set again as XU rattled off three points to open the game. Neither was going down easy as the two squads found themselves tied seven ties and exchanged leads five times in the frame. The Wolverines reached set point with a six-point lead, 24-18, but the Musketeers battled back scoring five unanswered. UM's Alex Hunt sealed the deal for Michigan with a kill to end the set with UM taking the 25-23 win.
After intermission, both teams were looking to take an advantage in the match. The fifth tie of the set came at 11-11 but Michigan used a 5-0 run to break open the frame. Xavier found itself trailing, 23-17, but rallied to pull within 23-20. UM proved to be too much, though, taking the set, 25-21.
The final set was never in question as the Wolverines dominated from start to finish. Although the Musketeers started to come on near the end, the deficit could not be overcome as Michigan took the set, 25-13, and the match, 3-1.
For the Wolverines, Juliana Paz tallied a match-high 19 kills to go with 10 digs and Lexi Zimmerman set 47 assists along with 13 digs for the Wolverines two double-doubles of the match.
The 2009 Xavier Invitational wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 6, with a 12 p.m. match featuring Michigan and Notre Dame followed by Xavier taking on Tennessee at 3 p.m.