Freshman Stephanie Vorherr has twive been named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 22, 2009
CINCINNATI - The Xavier volleyball team, which is currently in a tie for third place in the Atlantic 10 standings, is set to play two conference road matches this weekend, starting in Washington, D.C., with the George Washington Colonials and concluding at Charlotte against the 49ers.
Freshman libero Stephanie Vorherr, the current A-10 Defensive Player of the Week, currently ranks second in the A-10 with a digs/set average of 4.25 while her teammate middle blocker Alex Smith also ranks second in the league in hitting percentage (.347). Junior Claire Paszkiewicz is in third place in the A-10 for assists (9.64) and sophomore Michelle Matia ranks third in blocks averaging a team-best 0.91 per frame. Senior outside hitter Kelly Ruth paces the team with 203 kills, averaging 2.54 kills/set.
Scouting George Washington
George Washington (17-7, 4-3) swept Howard, 3-0, in a mid-week, non-conference match up Tuesday night. The Colonials are in fourth place in the A-10 standings and are looking to get their first win over the Musketeers since the 2003 season. GW is led by Katie Butz with 3.47 kills/set (third in the A-10) and Candace Silva-Martin who averages a league-best 5.16 digs/set.
Charlotte (14-9, 5-2 A-10) is one of two teams that hold a share of third place with Xavier in the A-10 standing. The 49ers are coming off a straight-set loss at Clemson on Tuesday and are also hosting league-leading Dayton on Friday. The Niners are led by Bianca Rouse with a team-best 200 kills and Kaitlin Knight who averages 3.87 digs/set. Knight is also a threat on the serve, as she leads the league with 44 service aces.
Xavier and George Washington have previously met 26 times with the series tied up at 13 wins apiece. The Colonials have not beaten the Musketeers since 2003 as XU has won the last seven meetings between the two squads. Last season, Xavier took a 3-1 victory over George Washington in Washington, D.C.
In the all-time series between Xavier and Charlotte, the Musketeers hold the 6-2 advantage. In last season's meeting between the two, Xavier came away from Charlotte with a 3-1 win over the Niners on their home court.
Last Time Out
After dropping a 3-0 decision to visiting No. 20 Saint Louis last Friday, the Musketeers turned around and dispatched of Duquesne with a straight-set win of their own on Saturday. In a mid-week, non-conference contest at Wright State on Tuesday, XU tallied its ninth sweep of the season, defeating the Raiders, 3-0.