Musketeers Remain Spotless in Conference Play with Sweep of Dukes
Sept. 30, 2011
CINCINNATI - The Xavier volleyball team remains spotless less in conference play after downing the Duquesne Dukes in three straight sets 25-20, 25-17, 25-12. Sophomore Kelsey Dunaway had a career match, notching career bests in three statistical categories.
With the win, the Musketeers move to 11-5 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in conference play. Xavier has yet to drop a set in conference play and has won 12 straight sets. The loss puts Duquesne at 12-5 on the season and 2-1 in the A-10.
"Tonight was a great team win," said head coach Mike Johnson. "Our execution of the game plan was exceptional and I'm proud of the way we fought. Duquesne is a very good team and a force to be reckoned with in the A-10. I expect good things out of them and am thrilled to come away with a victory tonight."
Dunaway led the match and registered a career-high in kills with 12 for a .346 hitting percentage (12-3-26). The Louisville, Ky., native also notched career-bests in digs, with five, and assisted blocks, with four. Red-shirt freshman Alex Blair tied her career-high in kills with eight to go with her two digs and two assisted blocks. Junior Stephanie Vorherr led the match with 20 digs, while also knocking in two service aces. Freshman Aubree Smith came away with a match-best 30 assists as well as three kills, seven digs and three assisted blocks.
Red-shirt sophomore Alex Smith had the best hitting percentage at .500 (7-0-14) while also assisting on two blocks and getting under two digs. Senior Michelle Matia registered a career-high in digs with 10 to go along with her six kills and five assisted blocks.
The second set saw early domination by the Musketeers as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead off of the serve of Stephanie Vorherr. Xavier never looked back in the set winning at 25-17.
The Musketeers outhit the Dukes .231 to .024 while also knocking down nine team blocks to Duquesne's three.
Xavier closes out its five-match homestand Saturday as the Saint Louis Billikens visit Cintas Center. Fans are encouraged to come out and support Xavier volleyball's "Think Pink: Dig for the Cure" event. First serve is set for 4 p.m.