Xavier Hosts Duquesne, GW With A-10 Standings On The Line
Oct. 25, 2012
CINCINNATI - Duquesne and George Washington will visit the Queen City this weekend for Atlantic 10 Conference matches with Xavier. The A-10 standings will be heavily impacted by this weekend's results, as Xavier (15-9) is tied for second with a 7-2 conference record and both Duquesne (19-8) and GW (9-14) are tied for fourth at 6-3.
Friday's match with Duquesne is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Cintas Center. The match is also the annual "Dig for a Cure" match, promoting cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to join the Musketeers in wearing pink to the game. A table near the main entrance of Cintas Center will be available where fans can make donations or a pledge per kill or dig. Donations will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Xavier swept a pair of matches at Butler and Saint Louis last weekend, marking the first win in Saint Louis since Nov. 6, 2005. The Musketeers are riding a four-match win-streak, its longest of the season, and have now won 12-consecutive sets. Alex Smith and Sarah Brown matched each other kill-for-kill over the weekend, with both players recording 16 kills at Butler and 10 kills at Saint Louis.
Smith on Point
Alex Smith went errorless last weekend, combining for 26 kills on just 42 attacks for an attack percentage of .619. Smith only has six attack errors in 168 attempts during conference play.
A Hit Above the Rest
Alex Smith has a career-hitting percentage of .335, second all-time at X. She is hitting .376 on the season, fourth-best in program history. Smith is connecting on .494 of her hits in A-10 matches this year, the highest total by a Musketeer in the last 12 years.
2,000 Assists and Counting
Sophomore setter Aubree Smith surpassed 2,000 career assists with 37 against Saint Louis. The St. Louis native is averaging 10.90 a/s in A-10 matches and 12.44 a/s in the last three matches.
Milestone on the Horizon: Vorherr
Senior libero Stephanie Vorherr is seven digs shy of 2,000-career digs. Her 1,993 digs ranks fifth all-time in the A-10. Vorherr trails La Salle's Carolyn Judge (2,080), Dayton's Adrienne Green (2,070), current George Washington libero Candace Silva-Martin (2,023), and Charlotte's Carly Romberg (2,017).
Battle for A-10 All-Time Digs Leader
Saturday's match with George Washington will feature two of the best libero's the A-10 Conference has ever seen. Stephanie Vorherr is just 30 digs behind GW's Candance Silva-Martin's career-total and both players are chasing the conference record of 2,080 digs set by La Salle's Carolyn Judge.
Scouting the Opposition - Duquesne
Duquesne lost its last-two conference matches at Charlotte and VCU, but rebounded to defeat Robert Morris on Tuesday. Allison Foschia (3.24 k/s), Mary Henry (10.48 a/s), Patti Abshire (3.84 d/s) and Arielle Love (.90 b/s) lead the Dukes on the season and Love leads the team with 3.36 k/s in A-10 play.
Series Stuff - Duquesne
The Musketeers are 31-4 all-time against the Dukes and are riding a 14-match win streak in the series. Xavier's last loss to Duquesne was a 3-1 decision when the teams met in the first of two contests during the 2003 season. Kelsey Dunaway led Xavier in last season's three-set win, posting 12 kills, five digs and five blocks. Stephanie Vorherr dug 20 attacks from the Dukes and Aubree Smith handed out 30 assists.
Scouting the Opposition - George Washington
GW has won five of its last six matches, with the lone loss during the stretch coming to VCU. The Colonials are 6-3 in A-10 action, losing to VCU twice and at Butler. Lauren Whyte (3.94 k/s), Jessica Lubic (9.69 a/s), Candace Silva-Martin (4.10 d/s) and Landon Garvik (.79 b/s) are GW's statistical leaders entering the weekend.
Series Stuff - George Washington
The Musketeers lead the all-time series, 17-15, and have won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the two schools. Under head coach Mike Johnson's tutelage Xavier is 3-1 against George Washington. The two teams split last season's decisions, with GW winning, 3-2, in Washington, D.C. and XU winning, 3-0, in Cincinnati. Between the two matches, Michelle Matia combined for 16 kills and 16 blocks.