Monster Blocking Performances by Matia and White Help Musketeers Down Colonials 3-0
Oct. 28, 2011
CINCINNATI -The Xavier volleyball team swept the George Washington Colonials (25-17, 25-14, 25-12) Friday night at Cintas Center behind a tremendous blocking effort from senior Michelle Matia and junior Amé White. Sophomore Sarah Brown led the match in kills.
"Tonight was a great team effort," said head coach Mike Johnson. "We talk all the time about the importance of playing Xavier volleyball and the comfort that comes with excelling within that system. Tonight was an example of Xavier volleyball. We had some great individual efforts, especially Amé White. In her first career start she provided a great spark. Aubree Smith distributed the offense exceptionally well. We are only looking to get better from here."
With the victory the Musketeers improve to 15-9 on the season and 7-3 in Atlantic 10 action. The Colonials fall to 17-7 for the season and 6-4 in conference play.
Matia had five and a half blocks credited to her, including a monster solo block to end the second set. White notched a career-high in assisted blocks, helping out on six. White also tallied a career-high in kills with 10 for a .600 hitting percentage (10-1-15).
Brown had another stellar offensive outing, with a .462 hitting percentage (16-4-26). Alex Smith was a perfect 7-of-7 in the kills column and added a block assist. Freshman Aubree Smith led the match with 33 assists while junior Stephanie Vorherr passed a team-best 10 digs.
GW was led by Lauren Whyte who connected on nine kills. Katie Crosby had 20 kills and Candace Silva-Martin passed nine digs.
The Musketeers outhit the Colonials .395 (44-10-86) to .044 (23-19-90). XU had 10.5 total team blocks and held GW to 4.0.
Xavier returns home Sunday for a match against Rhode Island at 1 p.m. at Cintas Center. Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for more information on Xavier volleyball.