Aubree Smith sets the tone for a Xavier attack that is among the best in the nation.
Sept. 12, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier will make the trip up I-71 to Columbus to take part in the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic volleyball tournament hosted by Ohio State this Friday and Saturday. The Musketeers are off to a 5-2 start to the season and are coming off of back-to-back sweeps of Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio).
XU will then play IUPUI at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The Jaguars have won three of their last four matches, with the lone loss coming in five sets at Morehead State.
In the final match of the tournament, Xavier will face the host and 13th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. OSU is a perfect 6-0 and jumped ten spots in the rankings after winning the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational hosted by Florida State last weekend.
Xavier brings one of the nation's most-potent attacks into the tournament. Led by junior setter Aubree Smith, the Musketeers rank ninth in the nation in assists per set, averaging 13.86 a/s. Smith ranks 23rd overall at 11.33 a/s.
Led by freshman outside hitter Abbey Bessler's 3.29 k/s average, XU ranks 10th in the country in kills per set at 14.9 k/s. Senior outside hitter Sarah Brown averages 2.92 k/s and senior middle blocker Alex Smith posts 2.88 k/s. Sophomore outside hitter Makayla Agin's 2.61 k/s gives Xavier a fourth Musketeer that averages over 2.5 k/s.