Musketeers Defeat Colonials In Five Sets, Win Sixth-Straight

Sarah Brown notched 17 kills and 15 digs in Xavier's, 3-2, win over George Washington.

Sarah Brown notched 17 kills and 15 digs in Xavier's, 3-2, win over George Washington.

Oct. 27, 2012

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CINCINNATI - Sarah Brown recorded her second double-double in as many nights to help Xavier defeat George Washington (20-25, 25-13, 25-15, 22-25, 15-10) on Saturday night. Brown finished with a match-high tying 17 kills and 15 digs.

Xavier (17-9, 9-2 A-10) grabbed a 16-12 lead midway through the opening set, forcing a George Washington (9-16, 6-5 A-10) timeout. The Colonials responded with an 11-3 run and eventually took the set, 25-20. Brown connected on four kills and passed seven digs in the game.

The Musketeers responded in the second set, winning 25-13. At one point, XU reeled off nine-straight points on Stephanie Vorherr's serve. Xavier was dominant at the net, picking up five total blocks in the set.

Out of intermission, Xavier exploded out to a 15-3 lead on GW. Brown led the offensive firepower with eight kills as the Musketeers as a team combined for 19 kills in the set.

GW refused to go quietly, building an 8-3 lead in game four. The Musketeers battled back to take the lead, 20-18, but the Colonials regained their composure and closed out the set, 25-22.

Xavier found itself in a quick 3-1 hole to start the fifth set. Aubree Smith steadied the ship, serving nine-unanswered points for the Musketeers. GW made a rally to cut XU's margin to just three, 13-10, leading to a Musketeer timeout. Alex Smith put down a run-stopping kill and an error by GW ended the set and match, 15-10.

Vorherr finished the match with 24 digs. She now has 2,044 digs in her career and moved within seven digs of GW's Candace Silva-Martin on the A-10 career-digs list. Silva-Martin entered tonight's match 11 digs ahead of Vorherr and passed an impressive 20 digs of her own.

Alex Smith connected on 12 kills, hitting .455 in the process, and added six blocks. Amé White registered 11 kills and five blocks.

Xavier finished with 89 digs in the match, compared to just 67 for George Washington. Kaleigh Rougraff added 16 digs and Kelly Westerkamp chipped in 11.

Aubree Smith paced Xavier's offensive attack, handing out 47 assists on the evening. She completed the double-double with 16 digs and chipped in five kills.

The Musketeers head to south to Virginia for a match with VCU next Friday night. Entering tonight's matches, Xavier and VCU were tied for second-place in the A-10. The winner of the match will have the inside track for the bye in the A-10 Championships.