Mikayla Agin helped Xavier to its first home BIG EAST victory.
Oct. 4, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier's first BIG EAST home match was nothing short of a thriller. After losing the first set, Xavier rallied back to win the next three to take their second win in the BIG EAST. Not only was the win Xavier's first on home soil in the BIG EAST, but it also came on "Dig Pink" night in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Mike Johnson, head coach, stated, "It was really important to this team that we properly honor the `Dig Pink' night. For us, it was not just about wearing pink jerseys. It was about honoring the fight that those stricken with cancer have every day. I can't imagine a more poetic match than being down after the first step and battling back to win. I hope the way we fought back and battled adversity did our pink shirts proud."
The Musketeers built a 12-8 lead in the first set, but then surrendered a 12-1 run to the Pirates. XU worked its way back into the match, whittling the deficit down to two, 21-19. Seton Hall scored four of the next six points to win the set, 25-21.
Xavier came into the second set on a 5-1 run. The lead was slowly closed by Seton Hall bringing the set to 13-13. With a kill from Abbey Bessler, the Musketeers did not look back. Mikayla Agin's three kills helped Xavier pull away winning the set, 25-19.
Xavier moved Sarah Brown to libero and Agin to outside hitter proved to be the right move for the team. Being up most of the match was helped by Brown's defense and Agin and Bessler's attacks. The pair totaled for eight kills. Alex Blair's ace on match point solidified the set for Musketeers, 25-16.
The fourth and final set of the match was more of a challenge for the Musketeers with the final score being, 25-21. The team started off strong with a kill from Sofia Peterson and a kill from Bessler. Halfway through the set, the Pirates began to pick up their pace of play, playing it all through the end of the set. Xavier did not give into the challenge Seton Hall put up winning the set and match.
With the switch of Brown to libero, she gave the Musketeers 21 digs, but she was not the only person to do so. Aubree Smith also tallied 21 digs, while dishing out 44 assists. The double-doubled for Smith was her eighth of the season
Bessler, who entered the match with a team-best eight double-doubles, registered yet another after leading the team with 16 kills and obtaining 13 digs. Agin and Alex Smith were not far behind in kills. Agin registered 15 while Smith had 14.
The team is back in action Saturday, Oct. 4, in Cincinnati at 4 p.m. when it takes on BIG EAST opponent Creighton. The Bluejays enter the match ranked 22nd in the country.