Vorherr Sets A-10 Digs Record, Xavier Rallies Past Ball State

Stephanie Vorherr set the A-10 career digs mark in grand fashion, recording 33 digs against Ball State on Saturday night.

Stephanie Vorherr set the A-10 career digs mark in grand fashion, recording 33 digs against Ball State on Saturday night.

Nov. 24, 2012

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MUNCIE, Ind. - Senior libero Stephanie Vorherr registered 33 digs to set the Atlantic 10 career record and Xavier defeated Ball State in five sets (23-25, 27-29, 25-23, 25-22, 15-10) on Saturday night. Xavier improves to 21-11 on the season and Ball State falls to 14-17.

Vorherr picked up nine digs alone in the first set to surpass George Washington's Candace Silva-Martin for the all-time record. The Cincinnati native now has 2,152 digs in her illustrious career to lead the A-10. This is the ninth time in Vorherr's career that she passed 28 or more digs and she owns Xavier's top three single-match marks.

"A most sincere congratulations to Steph," said head coach Mike Johnson. "I can pay to her one of the highest compliments I know - she gave her best each and every day. This record celebrates her effort. But it also celebrates the effort of our entire team. We'll revel in this together."

After leading much of the first set, Xavier fell behind in the waning points and lost, 25-23. The second set followed a similar script. The Musketeers led most of the way, only to surrender the lead and set to the Cardinals, 29-27.

XU flipped the script in the third game. Behind Elizabeth Lucich's serve, the Musketeers ran off three-unanswered points to take a 23-21 lead and went on to claim the set, 25-23. After building a six-point lead at 20-14, Xavier withstood a run from Ball State and took game four, 25-22, to force a fifth game.

The Musketeers built a 10-7 lead in the deciding set. As they had done in the first two sets the Cardinals made a rally and tied the game at 10-all. Lucich, a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., stepped to the service line and helped the Musketeers run off five-straight points, including a service ace on match point, to win the set and match, 15-10.

"We have talked all year of what we stand for as a group," said Johnson. "Not as volleyball players, but as people. We pride ourselves on resilience, tenacity and our love for the game. Tonight's win wasn't about the X's and O's of the game. It was about guts. For who we are, I couldn't be prouder."

Kelsey Dunaway led four Musketeers in double-digit kills with a career-high-tying 16 kills. The junior from Louisville, Ky., hit .282 during the match and also added two blocks. Dunaway reached double-digit kills in each of the last three matches for XU.

Joining Dunaway in double digit kills were Alex Smith (14), Sarah Brown (12) and Amé White (12). Alex Smith connected for a hitting percent of .344, while Brown completed a double-double by adding 12 digs.

Aubree Smith put together an all-around performance with 56 assists, seven kills, eight digs and five blocks. Smith was integral in distributing the ball to five Musketeers who finished with nine kills or more.

Xavier will travel back to Cincinnati and await Sunday's NCAA Tournament selection show. The Musketeers entered the match with an RPI of 53, putting them in the discussion for a possible at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.