Volleyball Hands Dayton Its First Conference Loss of the Season in Five-Set Thriller
Nov. 4, 2011
CINCINNATI - On Senior Night the Xavier Musketeers handed rival Dayton its first conference loss of the season in a five-set thriller (22-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 15-12) at Cintas Center on Friday, Nov. 4. Three Musketeers had career-highs, while two players posted double-doubles in front of its largest crowd of the season.
"It was a phenomenal night for us," said head coach Mike Johnson. "There were a lot of points where we could have easily buckled but we battled through the adversity. Our floor defense was great tonight as was our defense in general. The students that showed up were unreal and gave us a lot of energy. We really want to thank the X-treme Fans."
With the win, the Musketeers improve to 17-9 on the season and 9-3 in the Atlantic 10 conference. Xavier is also a spotless 8-0 at Cintas Center this season. The Flyers drop to 19-6 on the season and suffer their first conference loss of the season (11-1).
Sophomore Sarah Brown led the Musketeers with her fourth double-double of the season with 23 kills and a career-high 29 digs. Freshman Aubree Smith tallied her third double-double of the season notching a career-high and match-high and 60 assists.
Senior Michelle Matia added 10 kills and demonstrated her presence at the net getting one solo block and six assisted blocks. Red-shirt sophomore Ale Smith and sophomore Kelsey Dunaway each added 15 kills which was a season-high for Smith and a career-best for Dunaway.
The fourth set saw 13 ties with the crucial moment coming with the set was tied 20-all. Errors by the Flyers down the stretch and two kills by Dunaway gave Xavier the 25-23 victory. The crowd was on its feet as the squads squared up for the deciding match. The Musketeers were down by as many as three in the set before going on a 6-3 rip to take the match.
The Flyers were led by Rachel Krabacher and Yvonne Marten with 24 and 20 kills apiece while Samantha Selsky tallied 50 assists. Krabacher and Marten had double-double passing 17 digs each.
The Musketeers travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for a Sunday match-up at 1 p.m. Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for more information on Xavier volleyball.