Volleyball To Close Home Portion Of Schedule, Send Off Seniors
Nov. 14, 2013
CINCINNATI - Sarah Brown, Kelsey Dunaway and Alex Smith will lead the Musketeers into the final two home matches of their careers this weekend. Xavier hosts Villanova at noon on Friday prior to closing the home portion of the schedule on Saturday against Georgetown at 4 p.m.
Prior to the match against Georgetown, Brown, Dunaway and Smith will be honored for their illustrious careers at Xavier. Technical director Kevin Prendergast, a senior who has assisted with the program for the last two years, will also be honored.
Dunaway has played in nearly 100 matches during her four seasons as a Musketeer, amassing over 500 kills and 200 digs during that period. She played one of the best games of her career this season, tallying nine kills against No. 22 Creighton.
Smith is on pace to rewrite a portion of Xavier's record books. When she takes the court against Villanova on Friday, the middle blocker will have played in her 136th contest, the most in program history. Smith is on target to break Xavier's career-hitting percentage record. She has hit .353 for her career, which is currently 15 points above the next best hitting percentage.
Xavier (18-9, 9-3 BIG EAST) is looking to reach 20 wins for the fifth-consecutive season, including all four years of the Mike Johnson era. The Musketeers, who have already clinched a berth into the BIG EAST Championship, are playing for seeding.
Marquette, Creighton and Butler join Xavier as the four teams who've locked up positions in the four-team Championship. Marquette currently tops the league at 11-1, while Creighton is tied with Xavier in second at 9-3. By virtue of two losses to the Bluejays, the Musketeers would be the three-seed if the season ended today. Butler sits just a game behind at 8-4.
The Musketeers will face Villanova (12-14, 4-9 BIG EAST) and Georgetown (10-16, 4-9 BIG EAST) squads, which the team defeated on the road last weekend. This will be a quick turnaround for XU and VU, as the Musketeers took down the Wildcats in straight sets on Sunday. It took extra points in the fifth set, but Xavier defeated Georgetown last Friday.
Smith had a big weekend for the Musketeers, tallying 22 kills, zero errors and a .550 hitting percentage in the two wins. Her efforts garnered recognition by the BIG EAST, which named her Player of the Week. Abbey Bessler was given a nod on the weekly honorable mention list. The freshman outside hitter combined for 33 kills and 19 digs.