Smith's All-Around Performance Leads XU Past Fordham
Oct. 13, 2012
CINCINNATI - An all-around performance by Aubree Smith guided Xavier (13-9, 5-2 A-10) to a three-set win (25-16, 25-14, 25-11) over visiting Fordham (12-14, 4-3 A-10) on Saturday night at Cintas Center. Smith finished the match with 33 assists, eight digs, four kills and three services aces.
Xavier opened the first set with 14 kills and a hitting percentage of .370. The Musketeers only improved as the night went along, as XU connected on 15 kills and a .370 hitting percentage in game two and 16 kills and .556 hitting percentage in the final set. By match's end, Xavier had amassed 45 kills and a whopping .427 hitting percentage.
For the second-straight match, five Musketeers recorded at least five kills. Sarah Brown led tonight's offensive attack with 14 kills and a .370 hitting percentage. Brown also registered 12 digs, giving her a double-double on the evening.
Amé White and Alex Blair both added seven kills. White hit at a .600 clip and Blair was nearly as impressive with a .500 hitting percentage. Alex Smith finished the match with six kills and Kelsey Dunaway notched five.
Xavier's service game has been on a roll lately, tallying seven aces tonight and 16 total aces on the weekend. Aubree Smith's three aces led four Musketeers with an ace against the Rams.
Stephanie Vorherr led Xavier's defensive efforts with a match-high 16 digs. As a team, the Musketeers finished the evening with a 46-31 advantage in digs.
XU, which leads the A-10 in opponent hitting percentage, held Fordham to a .115 hitting percentage on the evening. In both matches this weekend, Xavier allowed a combined 50 kills and forced its opponents into 35 hitting errors.
The Musketeers will hit the road for a pair of matches against Butler and Saint Louis next weekend. XU will first take on Butler on Friday night in Indianapolis before heading to St. Louis for Saturday's match with the Billikens. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.