Two-time A-10 All-Conference First Team honoreer Alex Smith will return for her final season as a Musketeer in 2013.
Jan. 28, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Xavier University volleyball team put together an incredible 2012 season that saw the team win over 20 games, place second in both the Atlantic 10 regular season and conference championship and have an individual earn AVCA All-America Honorable Mention status for the third-straight year.
The Musketeers put together a 21-11 record, their fourth-consecutive season with 20 or more wins, against a schedule that featured eight games against opponents that made the NCAA tournament. An 11-3 mark in A-10 action gave XU its third-straight second-place finish in the regular season. Head coach Mike Johnson's team earned a runner-up finish in the A-10 Championship for the third season in a row, the program's best three-year stretch in the championship.
Xavier was the only team in the Atlantic 10 to be ranked in the top four for opponent-hitting percentage (1st), blocks (4th) and digs (4th). In fact, the Musketeers were the only team in the conference to rank in the top four in all-seven statistical categories tracked, which also includes kills (2nd), assists (2nd), aces (3rd) and hitting percentage (4th).
Alex Smith's second-straight first team all-conference selection highlighted five Musketeers who were named either first or second team all-conference. Sarah Brown, Stephanie Vorherr, Aubree Smith and Amé White were named to the second team. Xavier was the only program in the conference to put five players on one of the top two teams.
For the second time in her career, Vorherr was named an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention. The senior libero is the only player in Xavier's history to earn the distinction twice in her career. A native of Cincinnati (Mother of Mercy HS), Vorherr finished her career as the career-record holder for digs at Xavier and in the Atlantic 10 with 2, 152 digs. She broke the conference record during the last match of her career, posting the third-highest single-match total (33) in program history.
Vorherr essentially rewrote the record books while at Xavier. In addition to holding the career record for digs, she also holds four of the top-five single-season marks in school history and nine of the top-15 single-game marks. Vorherr, who is a three-time A-10 Libero of the Year, broke Xavier's single-game record for digs with 46 against Ole Miss in the Xavier Invitational.
Alex Smith moved her name up the career records list for hitting percentage. She is currently tied with XU Hall of Fame-member Sara Bachus for the best hitting percentage (.338) in program history after hitting .373 during the season, a hitting percentage that is the four best single-season average.
Alex Smith has been the beneficiary of her sister Aubree, who continues to prove she is one of the most prolific setters in school history. After just two seasons on campus, Aubree Smith has handed out 2,354 assists and ranks ninth all-time. The native of St. Louis, Mo., also sits seventh on the career-hitting percentage at .285.
Coming off of an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection as a sophomore, junior outside hitter Brown earned second team all-conference honors after connecting on 390 kills and 350 digs this season. The native of Mineral City, Ohio, was also named to the A-10 Championship All-Tournament Team after registering 12 kills and a whopping 25 digs in the championship match. Brown now has 827 kills and 728 digs in her career.
White and Alex Blair also earned accolades this season. After registering a career-high 270 kills and hitting .310 in conference games, White was named to the all-conference second team. Despite missing significant time in September due to injury, Blair came on strong during the end of the season. The sophomore middle blocker was named to the A-10 Championship All-Tournament Team after posting nine kills and a career-high seven blocks in XU's A-10 Championship Semifinals win over VCU and following with 10 kills and six blocks against UD in the championship match.