Sarah Brown and the Musketeers begin play in the Atlantic 10 against SLU on Friday night.
Sept. 20, 2012
Last Time Out
Xavier is coming off of three-straight losses in the Golden Dome Invitational. The Musketeers pushed Notre Dame to five-sets on Friday night and lost to Kansas, 0-3, and Loyola Marymount, 1-3, on Saturday.
Second All-Tourney Honor for Brown
Junior outside hitter Sarah Brown was named to the Golden Dome Invitational All-Tournament Team after recording 42 kills and 44 digs over the weekend. She had previously earned a spot on the University of Delaware All-Tournament Team.
Setting the Attack
Sophomore setter Aubree Smith has dished out over 40 assists in two of XU's last three matches, including a season-high 48 assists at Notre Dame and 44 assists against Loyola Marymount. In her brief two-year career at Xavier, she has posted over 40 assists 14 times.
Brown Is Killing It Right Now
Brown posted double-digit kills in each of the last six matches. In fact, she is averaging 3.67 k/s and 2.95 d/s in Xavier's last six contests. Brown has reached double-digit kills in 10 of XU's 14 matches this season.
Scouting the Opposition - Saint Louis
The Billikens enter Friday's meeting with a 5-8 record and have lost four in a row. The four-match losing streak has come on the heels of a four-match winning streak.
Team Leaders: Lauren Baumet (2.42 k/s), Cassie Clarke (9.07 a/s), Grace Bonoma (4.30 d/s) and Carly Marcum (1.04 b/s).
SLU has a very balanced attack. In addition to Baumet, Lindsey Dinklelacker (2.37), Carly Marcum (2.02) and Megan Gilbert (2.02) also connect on more the 2.0 k/s.
Scouting the Opposition - Butler
The Bulldogs enter Saturday's match with a record of 10-4. They have won four of their last five. Their only loss coming at the hands of UC Davis, 0-3.
Team Leaders: Belle Obert (3.26 k/s), Morgan Peterson (9.85 a/s), Brooke Ruffolo (2.84 d/s) and Erica Stahl (1.48 b/s).
The Bulldog's actually have two players connecting on more than 3.0 d/s. Maggie Harbison is posting 3.08 k/s.