Two-Seed Musketeers Ready For A-10 Volleyball Championship

Alex Blair ranks second in the A-10 in aces per set (.34).

Alex Blair ranks second in the A-10 in aces per set (.34).

Nov. 15, 2012

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CINCINNATI - Xavier will begin the 2012 Atlantic 10 Women's Volleyball Championship in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Saturday. As the No. 2 seed in the tournament, the Musketeers will await the quarterfinal winner between No. 3 VCU and No. 6 Butler.

Xavier (19-10, 11-3 A-10) finished the A-10 regular season in second place for the third-straight year to earn the two-seed and first-round bye. XU won its only match against VCU this season, a three-set victory that put the Musketeers in sole possession of second place in the conference. Xavier also defeated Butler in both meetings between the two teams.

The A-10 Championships will be held at the A.J. Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne University. All matches will have live stats provided and both the quarterfinals and semifinals will be streamed live on Atlantic10.com. Sunday's championship match will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

Five Musketeers Grab A-10 Honors
Alex Smith was named All-Conference First Team for the second-straight season. Sarah Brown, Aubree Smith, Stephanie Vorherr and Amé White were named to the second team. XU was the only school to put five players on the first and second teams.

A-10's Department of Defense
Xavier is the only team ranked in the top four of the A-10 in opponent hitting percent (1st), blocks (4th) and digs (3rd). The Musketeers are holding their opponents to a hitting percentage of .149. In fact, XU has held its opponents to a hitting percentage below .100 on six different occasions in its 14 conference matches.

Dig This
Stephanie Vorherr has 2,093 career digs, which ranks second all-time in the A-10. Vorherr trails only current GW libero Candace Silva-Martin (2,126). While GW's season has ended, XU has at least two matches left (A-10 Tourney and BSU).

Hitting the Mark
Alex Smith has a career-hitting percentage of .339, currently the best in program history. She is hitting .382 on the season, which ranks 25th in the nation, second in the A-10 and is third-best in program history.

Scouting the Opposition - VCU
VCU earned the No. 3 seed with 10-4 conference record. After posting an undefeated October, both the Musketeers and Flyers took down the Rams in Richmond, Va. Kristin Boyd (2.80 k/s), Cecilia Aragao (10.00 a/s), Amanda Love (3.65 d/s) and Martina Samadan (1.64 b/s) lead VCU. VCU has a very balanced attack with four players averaging over 2.3 k/s, Boyd (2.80), Anett Frakas (2.44), Samadan (2.40 k/s) and Romana Kriskova (2.38 k/s).

Series Stuff - VCU
Xavier leads the all-time series 3-0, including a three-set victory in Richmond, Va., two weeks ago. Entering the Nov. 2 match, XU and VCU were tied for second place in the conference. The Musketeers won on the strength of Amé White's 13 kills and .571 hitting percentage.

Scouting the Opposition - Butler
Butler enters the A-10 Championships on a hot streak, winning each of its last five matches to pull into a tie with George Washington at 7-7 in conference play. The Bulldogs advanced to the tournament by virtue of winning the tie-breaker, since BU won the head-to-head match-up. Butler is paced by Belle Obert (2.83 k/s), Morgan Peterson (9.55 d/s), Brooke Ruffolo (3.69 d/s) and Erica Stahl (1.53 b/s).

Series Stuff - Butler
With a pair of wins against the Bulldogs this season, the Musketeers now lead the all-time series, 12-11. Xavier and Butler met on the opening weekend and again on Oct. 19, with XU taking both matches in three sets.