Xavier Sweeps DePaul, Secures Second-Place Finish In BIG EAST

Aubree Smith paced a Xavier attack that was on point in a sweep at DePaul.

Aubree Smith paced a Xavier attack that was on point in a sweep at DePaul.

Nov. 23, 2013

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CHICAGO - Xavier volleyball closed the regular season with a sweep of DePaul (25-21, 25-14, 25-21) to secure a second-place finish in its first season in the BIG EAST Conference. Alex Smith connected on 12 kills and Aubree Smith dished out 35 assists in the win.

"Tonight's match was a real gut check for us," said head coach Mike Johnson. "Fighting as hard as we did last night and coming up short is never easy and it took real resilience to battle back tonight. I thought our performance was even and balanced. We certainly took care of the things we needed to."

"I'm also proud to wrap up second in the league," continued Johnson. "Of course, we want to win it and we'll have that shot next week at the conference tournament. Our kids worked hard and did everything we asked them. I'm proud of what we've done so far and I'm looking forward to the Championship."

Xavier (21-10, 12-4 BIG EAST) dominated DePaul (16-14, 2-14 BIG EAST) in nearly every statistical category. The Musketeers led in kills (43-33), hitting percentage (.310-.145), assists (41-31), digs (61-54) and blocks (5-2).

Alex was on point for XU in the win. She registered her 12 kills on just 15 attempts for a .800 hitting percentage. Aubree had an all-around solid match. In addition to the 35 assists, she picked up six digs and added four kills.

Makayla Agin chipped in nine kills for the second-straight match, while Abbey Bessler connected on eight kills and registered a match-high 17 digs. Lauren Metzger was strong on the backline, picking up 16 digs. Sarah Brown assisted on both sides of the net, putting down seven kills and notching 10 digs.

Xavier returns to Cincinnati to begin preparation for the BIG EAST Tournament, which will be hosted by Creighton in Omaha, Neb., from Nov. 29-30.