Xavier Pounds Out A Three-Set Victory Over Miami

Senior Sarah Brown tallied 13 kills and 12 digs against the RedHawks.

Senior Sarah Brown tallied 13 kills and 12 digs against the RedHawks.

Sept. 10, 2013

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CINCINNATI - The Xavier University volleyball team was on the attack early and often in a three-set victory (25-20, 25-22, 25-21) against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. Abbey Bessler tallied a match-high 15 kills and added nine digs.

Sarah Brown registered 13 kills on the strength of a .444 attack percentage. Brown completed a double-double with 12 digs. Aubree Smith finished the match with 39 assists, nine digs and six kills.

Led by Brown, Xavier came out swinging in the first set and built an early five-point lead. The closest Miami was able to close the margin was within two, 17-15. Following an XU timeout, Bessler put down a kill and an ace to extend the lead. Xavier closed out the set, 25-20.

The second set was a back-and-forth affair until Xavier used a 3-1 run to push ahead, 18-15. Miami took a timeout and recovered with three-unanswered points to even the score. But, Xavier responded with another 3-1 run to take control of the set before winning, 25-22.

Trailing 11-12 in the final frame, the Musketeers won six of the next seven points to grab a commanding lead. The RedHawks put together a small spurt to close the game within three, 24-21, but the rally was too late and Xavier put the match away, 25-21.

Emily McIlquham and Lauren Metzger joined Bessler and Smith with nine digs each, helping the Musketeers lead in nearly every statistical category. XU had advantages in kills (51-38), assists (48-36), digs (49-43) and hitting percentage (.342-.200).

Xavier will be back in action this weekend at the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic hosted by Ohio State. The Musketeers open with a 4 p.m. match against SEMO on Friday and will follow with matches against IUPUI and Ohio State on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.