Xavier Volleyball Runs Away From DePaul, Gives Johnson 100th Win

Abbey Bessler led all players with 18 kills.

Abbey Bessler led all players with 18 kills.

Nov. 1, 2013

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CINCINNATI - Abbey Bessler's 18 kills led Xavier to a three-set victory (25-19, 25-9, 25-19) over visiting DePaul in BIG EAST action, giving Xavier head coach Mike Johnson his 100th-career victory.

In just his fifth season as head coach, including the last four at Xavier, Johnson has amassed 100 victories. He won 22 at the helm of Austin Peay's program and has added 78 more wins since taking over XU's program in 2010. Johnson's teams have won at least 20 games in every season.

The win keeps Xavier in second place in the BIG EAST with a 7-2 conference record and 16-8 overall mark. DePaul falls to 15-8 and just 1-8 in conference play.

The Musketeers came out swinging early and often in the match. XU had an errorless first set, recording 17 kills and a sensational .654 hitting percentage en route to a 25-19 victory in the frame.

XU followed with a 25-9 blowout in the second stanza, putting down another 15 kills and registering just two errors.

Following intermission, the Blue Demons regrouped and took an 8-7 lead. But, the Musketeers found their groove again, taking control of the set and pushing the margin out to as many as 10 points before winning, 25-19.

"I am very happy with how our team performed tonight," said Johnson. "I thought we took care of things on both sides and played a very even, balanced match. We are going to continue to improve as we go forward."

Alex Blair finished with seven blocks, teaming up of several occasion with Sofia Peterson. Peterson tallied four blocks of her own. Aubree Smith paced the offense, handing out 32 assists. Smith added 10 kills to complete the double-double.

Xavier will face will face Marquette on Saturday at 7 p.m. The match is part of a doubleheader with men's basketball, which plays Quincy at 4 p.m., in its exhibition game. First place will be on the line, as Marquette entered Friday night with a one-game lead over Xavier in the conference standings.