Early Xavier Lead Snuffed In Five-Set Loss To UC Irvine

Aubree Smith put down a career-best 11 kills and narrowly missed a triple-double, coming up one dig short.

Aubree Smith put down a career-best 11 kills and narrowly missed a triple-double, coming up one dig short.

Sept. 21, 2013

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IRVINE, Calif. - Xavier staked an early 2-0 lead in the match, but host UC Irvine came storming back to defeat the Musketeers in five sets (21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 18-16) in the nightcap of the UC Irvine Invitational.

Aubree Smith nearly missed recording triple-double in the match, registering a career-high 11 kills, 36 assists and nine digs. Smith previously posted eight kills on three separate occasions.

Xavier rattled off four-unanswered points with the score tied at 17 to grab control of the opening set. Alex Blair put down the kill that started the run and then went on to serve the next three points. Makayla Agin added two kills in the spurt to help Xavier take a 1-0 lead with a 25-21 win.

Trailing 5-2 in the early portion of the second set, the Musketeers surged ahead with four-straight points and 10 of the next 13. But, the Anteaters fought back and regained the lead, 22-19. After a timeout by XU, the team responded by scoring the next five points before closing out the set, 25-23, to take a two-game lead in the match.

The script was flipped in the third set, with Xavier building an early4-2 lead and UC Irvine grabbing a commanding lead with a 13-2 run. UCI held a comfortable lead through the remainder of the set and won its first game, 25-19.

Xavier gave up an early four-point spurt by UC Irvine in the fourth to fall behind 5-2. Despite whittling the deficit to two, 14-12, the Musketeers couldn't overcome two late three-point runs by the Anteaters and fell, 25-17, in the fourth.

The fifth set was a close affair throughout. Xavier rallied from a two-point deficit to grab the lead at 14-13. The Musketeers had two set points, but were unable to convert before UC Irvine closed out the match with an 18-16 win in the fifth frame.

Alex Smith closed the evening with 12 kills, which gives her 999 kills for her career and leaves her one shy of the century mark. Sariah Suryadevara picked up a career-high 16 digs. Sarah Brown had a team-high 22 digs in the contest as well.

The tournament concludes for Xavier with a 2:00 p.m. (ET) match against American on Saturday afternoon, which enters with an 11-1 record after falling to UC Irvine in four sets and defeating Fresno State in five during play on Friday.