Musketeers Pummel Rams, Win Seventh Straight
Nov. 2, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - Xavier broke a second-place tie with VCU in the Atlantic 10 and won its seventh-straight match with a definitive three-set (25-22, 25-19, 25-16) sweep of VCU. The Musketeers improve to 18-9 on the season and 10-2 in conference action, while the Rams drop to 23-4 and 9-3 in the A-10.
Amé White led XU with a game-high 13 kills and a blistering .571 hitting percentage. White was the beneficiary of Aubree Smith pacing the Musketeer offense with 35 assists. Smith added five kills, six digs and three service aces in the win.
"We hear our players often using the catchphrase of playing `Xavier Volleyball,'" said head coach Mike Johnson. "Without going into specifics, our brand of play is aggressive, disciplined and relentless. We did everything we set out to do against a very talented VCU squad. I'm proud of our effort."
The first set was a close affair, but with the score tied at 22 Xavier reeled off the final three points to close out the set, 25-22. White started the spurt with a kill and Alex Smith finished off the set with a kill of her own.
Xavier jumped out quickly in the second set using five-unanswered points to take a 9-3 lead. The Musketeers steadily pulled away and eventually won the set, 25-19. XU grabbed control of the third set, 9-5, and rode the momentum to a 25-16 win to close out the match.
Xavier led in nearly every statistical category, registering a 47-30 advantage in kills. The Musketeers held a Rams squad that came into the match with a season hitting percentage of .259 to only .094 on the evening. VCU was also holding opponents to a hitting percentage of .149 and XU recorded a .259 hitting percentage in the match.
Stephanie Vorherr led all players with 16 digs. Vorherr has 2,060 digs in her career and ranks fourth all-time in the A-10. Sarah Brown added nine kills and 11 digs and Kelsey Dunaway also chipped in nine kills.
Alex Smith tallied seven kills on the strength of a .462 hitting percentage. Smith ranks second in the A-10 in hitting percentage at .378, an average that ranks third in XU history. The St. Louis native has a career-hitting percentage of .337, just one one-thousandth of a point behind Xavier Hall-of-Fame member and career-leader Sara Bachus.
Xavier travels to Charlotte, N.C., for its last road match of the conference season against the Charlotte 49ers. The match will begin at 1 p.m. in an afternoon matinee on Sunday.