Xavier Wins A-10 Opener over Colonials
Sept. 23, 2005
CINCINNATI - In its home opener, Xavier University defeated George Washington in three games on Friday night at Cintas Center. The Musketeers took the A-10 opener by scores of 30-28, 30-25 and 30-19 to move to 8-5 on the season and 1-0 in conference play, while the Colonials fall to 4-9 on the year and 0-1 in A-10 play.
XU jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, one it would not relinquish, after three kills by Jill Quayle and eventually pulled ahead by its largest margin of eight at 18-10. However, with Xavier up 24-17, GW mounted an 11-5 run to pull back within 29-28 before a kill by Danielle Skrajewski ended the game and gave Xavier the narrow victory.
Game two was a similar story with only one tie in the game and the Musketeers led throughout. XU again jumped out 6-2 and pushed the lead to 28-19 before another Colonial run put GW back in the game. Another kill by Skrajewski would end the late 6-1 run and give the game to Xavier. Quayle had four kills and three block assists in the game.
The final game of the match found the two teams battling back and forth early but a key 8-1 run by the Musketeers was capped with a kill by setter Jenn Welsh and put XU up for good at 17-9. Down the stretch, senior Kate Duchek, Skrajewski and Quayle each recorded two kills with senior Laci Hasenour delivering the final blow for Xavier.
Skrajewski led the way for XU as the junior posted 11 kills and 12 digs for her second double double in as many matches. It marked the 25th time in her career that she has tallied a double double in a match. Quayle and Duchek each had 12 kills on the night with Quayle notching seven blocks and Duchek adding four. The middle blocker Quayle also had a .526 hitting percentage, marking the third time this season she has been over the .500 plateau. Jordan Brightwell just missed double digit digs by one and finished with nine. The freshman Welsh ended the contest posting 29 assists and had two kills with eight digs.
Xavier will return to action tomorrow night as they take on Charlotte, who defeated Dayton tonight in a five-game match. The 49ers are currently 6-9 after tonight's victory. The action will get underway at 7:00 pm at Cintas Center.