Xavier earned the No. 2 seed this season
Nov. 18, 2011
CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers head up to Dayton for the 30th Annual Atlantic 10 Volleyball Championships. XU earned the No. 2 seed and will have a first-round bye. The Musketeers will play the winner of the No. 3 Saint Louis/No. 6 Duquesne match on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Musketeers are led by sophomore First-Team All-Conference member Sarah Brown who earns 3.37 kills/set and Rookie of the Year Aubree Smith who notches 10.43 assists/set. Senior Michelle Matia and red-shirt sophomore Alex Smith, also a First-Team All-Conference honoree, have been forces at the net with 1.05 and 0.88 blocks/set respectively. Junior Stephanie Vorherr, third in program history in digs, passes 4.31 digs/set. Vorherr was named Libero of the Year for the third consecutive time.
The Musketeers went 5-4 this season against the five other squads that are participating in the 2011 Atlantic 10 Volleyball Championship. Xavier split the regular season match-ups with Saint Louis, Rhode Island, Dayton, and George Washington and defeated Duquesne it their own meeting of the season.
Xavier is making its 14th consecutive appearance in the A-10 Volleyball Championship in 2011. Xavier failed to make the field the first three seasons the Musketeers were a part of the Atlantic 10 Conference, but have made post-season play every year since 1998. XU holds an all-time record of 9-12 (.429) in the tournament and has made the finals five times. The Musketeers' only tournament title came in 2001 as XU defeated Temple in straight sets, 30-26, 30-24, 30-27. Last season, XU made it to the finals where they fell to Dayton 3-0 at Cintas Center.
All five matches of the championship are set to be live streamed online for free at atlantic10.org. Be sure to check out Tournament Central for live stats, photo galleries, recaps and much more.