Xavier Falls To Central Michigan, 3-2
CINCINNATI – Xavier suffered its first loss of the season to Central Michigan in a classic five-game battle 3-2 (30-27, 28-30, 31-29, 27-30, 17-15) in the final match of the Mike Castrucci Automotive Xavier Invitational with 420 fans in attendance at the Cintas Center on Saturday evening.
Despite having four players with double figures in kills, Xavier hit just .230 on the night. Freshman setter and All-Invitational team member Marisa Main led the Musketeers with 21 kills to go along with 26 assists.
Sophomore Kate Duchek had 17 kills of her own while freshman Danielle Skrajewski had 13 and senior All-Invitational Team member Kimberly Cockerel added 12 of her own for XU.
Junior Molly Martin dished out 44 assists, but it was not enough to overcome the Chippewas, who were led by Melissa Reynolds with 24 kills, Invitational MVP Emily Lovejoy with 14 kills and 15 digs and All-Invitational selection Shaleene Glombowski who had 60 assists and 14 digs.
In game one, Central Michigan jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before Main slammed home a kill on an assist from Martin. Main then went to the service line for the next five points as the Musketeers took advantage of a Chippewa attack error followed by successive kills by Horvath and Laci Hasenour as well as a service ace by Main which gave XU a 7-6 lead.
Xavier’s lead would peak at 17-12 before CMU went on a 9-4 run to knot the score at 21-21. From there the Chippewas continued the charge to open up a 28-24 lead before a kill by Cockerel sent Main to the service line again for XU. The Musketeers pulled it to within 28-27, but a pair of kills by Tamara Fant and Shaleene Glombowski closed out the first game for the Chippewas.
Xavier rebounded to win a tight game two after CMU took a 18-15 lead on a Liz Passen kill. However a Chippewa service error pull XU to within 20-21. Central Michigan had a total of five service errors in game two.
The Musketeers would take the lead for good at 28-27 on a CMU attack error and close out the game with a kill by Duchek on an assist from Main.
XU would out hit CMU by a count of .283 to .163 in the third game to win 31-29. The Musketeers took advantage of eight attack errors and five service errors by the Chippewas to pull out the game three win.
After taking the lead at 29-28 with a kill by Cockerel, XU gave it back as Central Michigan’s Passen countered with a kill of her own. However, a CMU service error allowed a kill by Duchek to give Xavier a 2-1 edge in the match.
Game four was won by the Chippewas who hit .292 and turned a 23-23 tie into a 25-23 advantage after a pair of XU errors and never looked back.
Melissa Reynolds had seven kills in the fourth game to give CMU momentum heading into game five.
After a tight opening to the final stanza, Xavier took a 15-14 lead and was serving for the match after a kill by Erica Kaczorowski, but the Chippewas rebounded for the next two points on a kill by Reynolds and a service ace from Passen.
Meghan Moore ended the match off a feed from Shaleene Glombowski to give Central Michigan a 3-2 road win.
In the opening match of the evening session, Appalachian State fought off a stingy Stetson squad to win 3-1 (30-28, 30-24, 26-30, 33-31).