Senior Lauren Kaminsky
Sept. 12, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Xavier volleyball team continues to roll through the NC State Classic as it picked up its third-straight sweep, dropping DePaul, 3-0, Saturday morning at Reynolds Coliseum. Senior Kelly Ruth posted a match- and season-high 13 kills and hit a blistering .579 clip.
Xavier (4-5) went up early in the first set, 3-1, and never looked back. The Musketeers were up by four, 10-6, before going on a 4-0 run which was capped off by a kill from freshman Alex Smith. DePaul scored one point, 14-7, and XU rattled off 10 straight to take the Musketeers to set point. The Blue Demons squeezed out two more points before Ruth ended the frame with a kill, 25-9.
DePaul (5-4) got behind early again in the second frame, 4-1, but pulled to within one, 6-5, on a Musketeer attack error. XU stretched its lead back out to five, 14-6, off the strength of three kills from Ruth. The Musketeers found themselves up nine, 20-11, but the Blue Demons rallied four three straight points right into a Xavier timeout. After a minute to talk it over, the Musketeers put to rest any hope of a comeback as Ruth set up set point with a kill and Smith sealed the set with her first career service ace. XU took the 2-0 match lead with the 25-16 set-two win.
In the third set, DePaul was able to get a 3-2 lead to open the game but Xavier answered with three straight to go up by two, 5-3. The Blue Demons pulled to within one, 10-9, but the Musketeers tallied five consecutive points, 15-9. A kill from sophomore Michelle Matia set the score at 20-12 in favor of XU. Otte smashed a kill to give the Musketeers match-point, 24-16, and XU ended the contest with a kill from freshman Kaela Jo Freppon, her first career kill.
The Blue Demons were led by Kate Letcher with sevens kills and two assisted blocks along with Christy Landschoot with five digs.
The Musketeers wrap up their weekend tonight with a 5 p.m. matchup with Rutgers.