Smith had a career-high eight assisted blocks
DAYTON, Ohio - The Xavier volleyball team fell to the Dayton Flyers, 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21) in the finals of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship Sunday afternoon at UD's Frericks Center. Xavier's Sarah Brown, Amé White and Aubree Smith were named to the All-Tournament team.
Xavier (20-11) was led by Brown and White who notched 13 and 12 kills respectively. Brown tallied her seventh double-double of the season (13K-16D). White's 12 kills marks a career-best. White had a .500 clip to lead the Musketeers to go with her five assisted blocks. Smith had her fifth double-double of the season with 41 assists and 10 digs. The rookie assisted on four blocks as well.
Sophomore Kelsey Dunaway was the third Musketeer to tally double-digit kills, with 11. Red-shirt sophomore Alex Smith had a career night at the net, notching eight assisted blocks to go with her eight kills. Junior Stephanie Vorherr passed 15 digs and was one assist shy of a double-double.
The Flyers opened up the first set going on a 8-1 run, yet the Musketeers were able to get within three on several occasions. XU was able to get five straight points off of the serve of junior Elizabeth Lucich.
Xavier was able to keep the second set close initially, but were unable to surpass a 10-0 run by the Flyers. The Musketeers came out of intermission rejuvenated. The score was tied on only three occasions with Xavier leading the majority of the way.
"We never gave up," said Vorherr. "We are a tough group and continuing to fight even when we are down is the Xavier identity."
Dayton was led by Megan Campbell, Yvonne Marten and Rachel Krabacher who notched 16, 15 and 14 kills. UD was hitting at .238 compared to XU's .167. The Musketeers out blocked the Flyers 12-10.
The Musketeers have one remaining match on the schedule, a match-up with Lipscomb on Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for more information on Xavier volleyball.
Sarah Brown, Xavier
Aubree Smith, Xavier
Rachel Krabacher, Dayton
Megan Campbell, Dayton
Samantha Selsky, Dayton
Yvonne Marten, Dayton (MOP)