Today's 20-kill performance moved Sarah Brown into 10th all-time in Xavier's record books with 1,159 digs.
Nov. 15, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier picked up its 10th BIG EAST Conference win with a four-set victory (25-19, 24-26, 25-12, 25-19) over visiting Villanova on Friday afternoon. Abbey Bessler, Sarah Brown and Makayla Agin led a potent attack with double-digit kills coming from all three Musketeers.
The win improved Xavier to 19-9 on the season, including 10-3 in league play. Villanova dropped to 12-15 overall and 4-10 in the BIG EAST.
Leading by just a point in the opening frame, Xavier employed a 4-1 run to provide itself with a cushion. The Musketeers extended the lead to as many seven before finishing off the Wildcats, 25-19.
Villanova responded in a tight second set. After XU built a 17-12 advantage, VU won nine of the next 13 points to even the set at 21. An attack error on the Wildcats gave the Musketeers match-point, but three straight Xavier miscues closed the set in Villanova's favor, 26-24.
Coming out of intermission, Xavier took control. The Musketeers ran away with a 25-12 win in the third set. Nova regrouped in the fourth frame, keeping the set even until 16-16. The Musketeers scored the next four points and went on to win the set and match, 25-19.
Bessler tallied her 19th double-double of the season with a team-high 18 kills and 16 digs. Brown chipped in a double-double as well, posting 14 kills with a team-high 20 digs. Brown's 20 digs gives her 1,159 all-time at Xavier, a mark that ranks 10th in the record books.
Aubree Smith provided Xavier with its third double-double of the match. Smith dished out 47 assists to go along with 11 digs. The setter also put down eight kills.
Makayla Agin was the third Musketeer to reach double-digit kills. The rightside hitter notched 10 kills. Lauren Metzger and Sariah Suryadevara were sensational on the defensive side. Metzger picked up 15 digs, while Suryadevara collected 11.
Xavier will honor its three senior players prior to Saturday's home finale against Georgetown. Brown, Kelsey Dunaway and Alex Smith will be honored for their tenure as Musketeers in a brief ceremony set to start at 4 p.m.