Volleyball Takes Down Hoyas, 3-0, While Honoring Seniors
Nov. 16, 2013
"First of all, speaking only of tonight I thought we played a clean efficient match," said head coach Mike Johnson. "We were in rhythm offensively and our defense was stellar yet again."
"As for our seniors, I couldn't be prouder of what they have meant to this program," continued Johnson. "We talk often of the difference of success and significance. From the standpoint of success, I am proud to say that this group has become the third in Xavier history to win 20 matches every year of their career. Their impact in terms of significance though is immeasurable. They left a mark on this place that will be felt for years to come."
Tied at 18 in the opening set, Abbey Bessler and Alex Blair teamed up for consecutive blocks to put Xavier ahead and force a timeout by Georgetown. The Musketeers scored the first three points out of the timeout, but had to withstand a run by the Hoyas to pull out the set, 25-22.
Xavier jumped out to a 10-4 advantage and never looked back in winning the second set, 25-16. The Musketeers were dominant, holding significant advantages in kills (17-11) and hitting percentage (.382-.095).
The Hoyas were able to keep the third set close, allowing Xavier to only have a lead of four points until match point. Xavier took the set and match, 25-19. XU served up four aces in the third set alone with two from Aubree Smith, one from Blair and one from Brown.
Blair's two blocks in the third set brought her match total to nine, being one block short of tying the school single match block record. Adding to her blocks, Blair put down seven kills for the Musketeers with a .357 hitting percentage.
Makayla Again tallied 10 kills for the Musketeers, while Bessler notched another double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs. Lauren Metzger had a great night along the back row for Xavier, tallying a team-high 17 digs.
Aubree Smith dished out 37 assists in the match. Aubree joined her sister Alex Smith during the pregame ceremonies. Alex finished with six kills and a .400 attack percentage. Brown closed with five kills and 12 digs.
As a team, Xavier denied Georgetown's attack with a total of 13 blocks compared to the Hoyas' five. The Musketeers also had a sizeable advantage in total kills, 43-35, and digs, 64-55.
Xavier wraps up the regular season next weekend with matches at Marquette and DePaul. XU will first travel to Milwaukee on Friday, Nov. 22, for a meeting with MU. Then the team heads to the Windy City for a clash with DePaul. Both matches will start at 8 p.m. ET.