Musketeers' Rally Falls Short At Duquesne
Sep 7, 2013
PITTSBURGH - After falling behind by two sets, the Xavier volleyball team rallied to force a decisive fifth game before falling to Duquesne (26-24, 25-21, 18-25, 20-25, 15-12). The loss drops XU to 3-2 on the season, while Duquesne improves to 3-2.
The Dukes took the first two sets, 26-24 and 25-21, to put the Musketeers' backs against the wall. Xavier responded out of intermission by taking set three, 25-18.
XU had to dig deep again in the fourth set after falling behind, 16-13. With freshman Abbey Bessler serving, the Musketeers reeled off five-straight points to take control of the set and went on to win, 25-20.
Duquesne stormed out to a 7-3 advantage in set number five before Xavier went on a run to grab an 11-10 lead. Four unanswered points from the Dukes were too much for XU to handle and DU took the fifth set, 15-12.
Bessler and Sophomore Makayla Agin recorded career-highs with 16 kills. Bessler added 14 digs for her second double-double of the season.
Junior Aubree Smith (53 assists, 17 digs) and senior Sarah Brown (11 kills, 10 digs) joined Bessler with double-doubles of their own. Smith narrowly missed out on a triple-double, as she finished with eight kills in the match to equal her career high set last season against South Carolina St.
Sophomore Lauren Metzger and freshman Emily McIlquham also registered career highs in digs. Metzger dug 19 attacks and McIlquham picked up 14. Senior Alex Smith was the fourth and final Musketeer to reach double-digit kills. She finished with 13.
XU will close out the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Central Michigan. The match will be held on the campus of Robert Morris.