Musketeers Beat Niners, Clinch Second-Seed In A-10 Championships
Nov. 4, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With a three-set win at Charlotte (25-23, 25-18, 25-14) on Sunday afternoon, Xavier secured its third-consecutive second-place finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference. XU improved to 19-9 on the season and 11-2 in conference play, while Charlotte dropped to 10-15 and 2-11 in the A-10.
"What I admire most about this team is the work that we have put in physically, mentally and emotionally, day in and day out," said head coach Mike Johnson. "This group has embraced that growth is a deliberate, gradual process. Above all, we are not done. We are looking forward to tomorrow and another chance to improve."
The Musketeers entered the weekend tied with VCU for second place in the A-10 and secured a second-place finish outright with wins at VCU and Charlotte. XU has now finished second in the A-10 in each of Johnson's three seasons at the helm. This is the second three-year run of second-place finishes in the A-10 for the Musketeers. Xavier finished second all three years between 1999 and 2001.
Xavier won the opening set, 25-23, over Charlotte, before cruising to seven- and 11-point margins in the second and third sets. Sarah Brown led the Musketeers with 14 kills and 14 digs in the match and Stephanie Vorherr passed 18 digs to help Xavier to its eighth-straight win on the season. The Musketeers have only dropped two sets during the streak.
Vorherr moved up in the A-10 record books for career digs. The Cincinnati native (Mother of Mercy HS) has now passed 2,078 digs in her career. She stands two digs shy of La Salle's Carolyn Judge and the 2,080 digs the Explorer passed from 2003-06. Current George Washington libero Candace Silva-Martin is the current record-holder with 2,105 digs.
The A-10 Championships will be hosted by Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Pa., beginning with the quarterfinals on Nov. 16. The semifinals will be played on Nov. 17 and the finals on Nov. 18. Dayton secured the top seed with a win at VCU on Sunday afternoon, meaning Xavier and Dayton have secured first-round byes in the Championship and will begin play on Saturday.
Xavier wraps up its regular season with senior night at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Kaela Jo Freppon, Elizabeth Lucich, Kaleigh Rougraff, Vorherr and Amé White will be honored in a pre-match ceremony for their careers as Musketeers. The match will feature the conference's top-two teams, Xavier and 14th-ranked Dayton.