Xavier Falls To Loyola Marymount, 3-1
Sept. 15, 2012
Sarah Brown and Aubree Smith were not enough for Xavier as the Musketeers fell, 3-1, to Loyola Marymount (20-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-23) in the Golden Dome Invitational.
For the second time in the invitational, Brown hit double-digits in kills and digs. The junior outside hitter recorded 17 kills and 26 digs on Friday night against Notre Dame and added 15 kills and another 14 digs against LMU. Brown registered 39 kills and 44 digs throughout Xavier's three matches of the tournament.
Smith finished the match with 44 assists, marking the second time in the last three games that the setter surpassed 40 assists in a match. Against the Fighting Irish, the sophomore handed out a season-high 48 assists. Smith has eclipsed the 40-assist mark 14 times.
Behind six kills from Brown and four from Kelsey Dunaway, Xavier (7-7) staked claim to a 25-20 win in the opening set. The Musketeers connected on 15 kills in the set, 13 of which were assisted by Smith.
Loyola Marymount (8-4) responded in the second game, posting a 25-16 win. In contrast to the first set, the Musketeers only put down seven kills. Alex Smith paced XU's attack with three kills in the frame.
Trailing 7-4 early in the third set, the Musketeers rattled off an 11-1 run to seemingly take command. The Lions answered with a 14-5 spurt, giving them a 22-20 advantage. LMU closed out the set, 25-23, and took a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth set went back and forth, with neither team leading by more than three points. After a kill by Dunaway tied the game at 21-apiece, Loyola Marymount outscored Xavier 4-2 to grab the win.
"I am encouraged by this weekend," said Xavier head coach Mike Johnson. " We improved with every match and played with a ton of heart. I'm thankful for our opponents who exposed items for us to improve upon as we enter conference play."
Xavier returns to the friendly confines of Cintas Center, opening play in the Atlantic 10 Friday night at 7 p.m. against Saint Louis. Butler will make its first appearance in the Queen City as a member of the A-10 on Saturday at 3 p.m.