Early in the second set against Duquesne, Stephanie Vorherr picked up her 2,000th-career dig.
Oct. 26, 2012
CINCINNATI - Senior libero Stephanie Vorherr registered her 2,000th dig and lead Xavier past Duquesne (25-13, 26-24, 29-27) in straight sets on Friday night at Cintas Center. Xavier improves to 16-9 and 8-2 in the Atlantic 10, while Duquesne falls to 19-9 and 6-4 in conference action.
Vorherr finished the match with 27 digs, giving her 2,020 for her career. The Cincinnati native is already Xavier's career leader for digs, but she moved into fourth-place on the A-10 charts with her performance.
Vorherr opened with five digs in the first set and only improved as the night went along. She passed nine digs in the second set and an incredible 13 digs in the third and final game. On the evening, Vorherr averaged a scintillating 9.0 digs per set and also recorded nine assists.
"Congratulations to Stephanie Vorherr for reaching her 2,000th dig," said head coach Mike Johnson. "She has been consistently great for a long time and that is a testament to the work ethic she brings every day."
Sarah Brown provided the spark for a potent-Musketeer offense in the first set, connecting on nine kills to lead Xavier to the 25-13 win. As a team, XU hit .378 in the set and registered 19 kills. Although the team only registered one ace in the set, the Musketeers' service game forced several errant passes that led to easy kills for the offense.
A spirited Duquesne squad pushed the second set to extra points, but a solo block by Aubree Smith and an attack error by the Dukes closed out the set, 26-24. XU headed into intermission with a two-set lead.
The Musketeers fell behind, 20-15, in the third set and were forced to use both of their timeouts. But a determined Xavier squad responded with a 9-4 run to tie the match at 24-all. Trailing, 27-26, and facing game-point, Alex Blair put down a kill to spark the Musketeers. Alex Smith and Brown followed with kills to put the set and match away, 29-27.
"Tonight's match was a lot of fun for me," said Johnson "I think we had won our last few matches by some healthy margins. After game one tonight, we were given a reminder that it isn't always going to be comfortable. Credit to Duquesne. They put pressure on us, but I was very proud of the way our team responded to it."
Allison Foschia led the Dukes with a double-double of 10 kills and 12 digs. Libero Patti Abshire finished with 18 digs and Mary Henry dished out 31 assists.
Xavier will be back in action against George Washington on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Cintas Center. The two teams split a pair of meetings last season, with each team winning on its home court. The matchup will feature two the conference's best liberos in Vorherr and Candace Silva-Martin, who sits just ahead of Vorherr on the A-10-records list. Silva-Martin enters the match with 2,031-career digs.