Volleyball Squeaks Past Fordham, 3-2, in New York

Freshman Stephanie Vorherr

Freshman Stephanie Vorherr

Oct. 10, 2009

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BRONX, N.Y. - Extending its winning streak to four matches, the Xavier volleyball team got past Fordham, 3-2 (15-25, 25-14, 21-25, 25-13, 16-14), Saturday night in Rose Hill Gym. Two Musketeers posted double-digit kills in the match and freshman Stephanie Vorherr recorded her fifth 20-dig match of the season.

Freshman Alex Smith posted a team-high 12 kills and senior Hillary Otte tallied 11. Senior Kelly Ruth got under 11 digs to go along with two solo blocks and four assisted blocks.

Xavier (11-8, 4-1 A-10) fell behind early in the first set and found itself down by three, 7-4. Fordham used a 4-1 run to stretch its lead to six, 11-5, and never looked back. The Rams held the 21-15 lead and ended the first set by rattling off four straight and took the first frame, 25-15.

Fordham (8-14, 0-6 A-10) took its turn falling behind quick as XU jumped out to an 11-3 lead to start the second game. The Rams cut the lead to five, 13-8, but the Musketeers exploded for seven straight to push the advantage to 10, 20-8. The frame was never in question as Xavier took the second set, 25-14.

The Musketeers led 5-2 early but the Rams rallied to tie the set at five apiece. The two squads traded points through an 18-18 tie before Fordham took the lead for good on a kill by Jenna Hill. The Rams ended up with a four-point third-set win, 25-21.

The fourth set started off in favor of the Musketeers as XU was up 9-2 and Fordham burned its second timeout of the frame. The Rams struggled on offense throughout the game and never got closer to than within six as the Musketeers tied the match at two sets apiece with a 25-13 win.

In the deciding set, Xavier started with a 4-0 run before Fordham got its offense going. The Rams got to within one, 7-6, but the Musketeers held an advantage until Fordham tied the match at 13-13. A Ram attack error and a kill from junior Claire Paszkiewicz ended the set with the Musketeers in favor, 16-14, to take the match, 3-2.



The Rams Sara Friede with a match-high 15 kills and Michele Keathley with a team-high 19 kills.

The Musketeers return home next weekend for a two-match homestand, starting with a Friday night match against nationally-ranked Saitn Louis at 7 p.m.