Smith's 10 Kills Lead Xavier To Win Over Saint Louis
Oct. 20, 2012
ST. LOUIS - Xavier defeated Saint Louis in straight sets (25-20, 25-23, 25- 17) on Saturday night, marking the first time in nearly seven years that the Musketeers beat the Billikens in Saint Louis. The last time XU beat SLU on the road came on Nov. 6, 2005 in a 3-1 decision.
Alex Smith finished with a match-high 10 kills on 17 attacks with zero errors and an attack percentage of .588, marking the second-straight match where Smith posted double-digit kills with zero errors and an attack percentage above .580. Smith registered 16 kills on 25 attempts on Friday night at Butler, giving her a hitting percentage of .640.The middle blocker added six blocks on the defensive side against Saint Louis.
"I'm very excited with what our group did tonight," said head coach Mike Johnson. "SLU is a good team who fought hard. We've been known for a long time as a good defensive team, and while that identity still holds true, I've been so proud of our offense of late. Like any other match though, we're worried about our next practice and how we will continue to improve."
Xavier (15-9, 7-2 A-10) used two 7-4 runs in the opening game to take control of the set. The Musketeers posted a hitting percentage of .351 on their way to a 25-20 win in the set.
Saint Louis (7-16, 2-7 A-10) opened up a three-point lead in the second set, only to see the Musketeers storm back to grab a four-point advantage. The Billikens tied the set at 23 before Alex Smith put down a kill and teamed with Aubree Smith on a block to give Xavier the second set, 25-23.
The Musketeers jumped out early in the third game, building a 14-5 lead to force a time out by the Billikens. Xavier went on to close out the set and match, 25-17.
With 37 assists on the evening, Aubree Smith eclipsed the 2,000-assist mark. The sophomore setter now has 2,033 assists in her career, which ranks ninth in program history.
Stephanie Vorherr tallied a match-high 15 digs for the Musketeers. The senior libero is closing in on 2,000-career digs and currently has 1,993.
Xavier returns to the Queen City for matches against Duquesne and George Washington next weekend. The Dukes, who entered tonight's match tied with the Musketeers for second in the A-10, will face the Musketeers on Friday at 7 p.m. George Washington and Xavier will play on Saturday at 7 p.m.