Alex and Aubree Smith joined Sarah Brown, Stephanie Vorherr and Amé White.
Nov. 15, 2012
CINCINNATI - The Xavier University volleyball team had five players named to either first or second team all-conference, as announced by the Atlantic 10 Conference on Thursday afternoon. The Musketeers were the only team to place five players on the first and second teams.
Alex Smith highlights the Musketeers' success with her second-straight All-Conference First Team selection. Smith ranks second in the conference in hitting percent (.382), a single-season total that ranks third all-time in XU's record books. The St. Louis, Mo., native is also the current Xavier record holder for career hitting percentage (.339).
A native of Mineral City, Ohio, Brown earned a second-straight all-conference award after averaging 3.41 kills per set, fifth in the conference, and 2.93 digs per set. The outside hitter was named First Team All-Conference and an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honoree last season.
Setter Aubree Smith paced Xavier's offense with an average of 9.67 assists per set, an average that increased to 10.82 in conference play. Smith ranked third in all games (.34) and first during conference only matches (.41) in aces per set. The native of St. Louis, Mo., was named the 2011 A-10 Rookie of the Year and earned spots on the All-Conference Honorable Mention and All-Rookie teams.
Vorherr has essentially rewritten the XU record books and was named All-Conference Second Team for the second time in her career. The Cincinnati native broke the school record for career digs this season and has her sights set on the A-10 record, as she stands just 33 digs shy with at least two games remaining. Vorherr also set Xavier's single-match digs record when she recorded 46 against Ole Miss during the Xavier Invitational this year. The libero's 499 digs is the third-highest single-season total in program history. Vorherr entered 2012 as the reigning three-time libero of the year and earned both A-10 All-Conference Second Team and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention in 2010.
White had a superb season, ranking 10th in the A-10 in hitting percentage (.320) during conference matches. The Salt Lake City, Utah, native put together several exceptional performances this season, including 19 kills and 19 digs against Miami (Ohio) and 17 kills and 12 digs against crosstown-rival Cincinnati. She reached double-digit kills in both matches against nationally-ranked Dayton and helped Xavier secure second-place in the A-10 with 13 kills at VCU.
"I have always believed that the All-Conference honors, while honoring individuals, are really team awards," said head coach Mike Johnson. "This couldn't be more true this year. To have five different players mentioned is a testament to the balance we have had all year. I am proud of the effort of each of them. Beyond that though, I am proud of every member of our group whose work has allowed Alex, Sarah, Aubree, Steph and Ame to shine."
This marks just the second time in program history that five Musketeers were named to an all-conference team. In head coach Mike Johnson's first season at the helm in 2010, current Xavier assistant coach Claire Paszkiewicz and Michelle Matia were named first team and Chelsea Campbell, Shannon Voors and Vorherr earned second team nods.
The Musketeers will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., and the campus of Duquesne University for the A-10 Championships this weekend. No. 2-seed Xavier earned a bye into the semifinals and will face the winner of No. 3 VCU and No. 6 Butler on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.
A-10 ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS
Player of the Year: Rachel Krabacher, Dayton
Libero of the Year: Chelsea Tupuola, Temple
Setter of the Year: Samantha Selsky, Dayton
Rookie of the Year: Martina Samadan, VCU
Coach of the Year: Kelly Sheffield, Dayton
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Alex Smith, Xavier
Megan Campbell, Dayton
Rachel Krabacher, Dayton
Samantha Selsky, Dayton
Arielle Love, Duquesne
Gabriella Matautia, Temple
Martina Samadan, VCU
Janna Krafka, Dayton
Alaina Turner, Dayton
Mary Henry, Duquesne
Taylor Lockett, Duquesne
Megan Gilbert, Saint Louis
Romana Kriskova, VCU
Martina Samadan, VCU
Jenna Litoborski, Charlotte
Amanda Videmsek, Charlotte
Megan Campbell , Dayton
Rachel Krabacher , Dayton
Allison Foschia, Duquesne
Candace Silva-Martin, George Washington
Lauren Whyte, George Washington