Xavier Volleyball Sweeps St. John's On ESPN3

Sarah Brown notched 14 kills to run her career total to 988.

Sarah Brown notched 14 kills to run her career total to 988.

Oct. 25, 2013

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NEW YORK - In a match televised on ESPN3, Xavier volleyball swept St. John's on the strength of 14 kills from Sarah Brown. The Musketeers pushed their record to 14-8 overall and 5-2 in the BIG EAST. The loss drops the Red Storm to 14-10 and 3-5 in conference action.

"This was a great match," said head coach Mike Johnson. " We have been putting a lot of emphasis into sustaining excellence over time. I thought we did a wonderful job of that tonight. This group is really getting better! I'm proud of their work."

Trailing 22-24 in the opening set, XU rallied to win the next four points and take the frame, 26-24. Makayla Agin put down a pair of kills for the final two scores.

Xavier found itself in another hole in the second set, 18-17, but responded with an 8-0 run to pull ahead in the match 2-0. The rally was a total team effort, with kills from Abbey Bessler and Sofia Peterson and blocks from Bessler and Alex Blair. Aubree Smith added a service ace to the mix as well.

The third set was all Xavier from the onset. Xavier built a 10-4 lead and St. John's was only able to whittle the margin to a point, 13-12, before XU pushed back out to a comfortable advantage. Brown gave Xavier the set, 25-21, with the match-ending kill.

Brown led the Musketeers with a match-high 14 kills, while also tallying eight digs in the match. The senior outside hitter stands 12 kills shy of 1,000 for her career.

Abbey Bessler total 10 kills and 10 digs for her team-leading 15th double-double and Lauren Metzger picked up 14 digs to lead XU.

The Musketeers will wrap up a four-game road swing with a 7 p.m. match at Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. XU defeated SHU in four sets when the two teams met earlier this season.