Volleyball continues Big East domination

By: Adam Purvis ~Staff Writer~

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Newswire photo by Adam Spegele | Redshirt junior Sofia Peterson was a member of the 2013-14 Big East All-academic team.

The Musketeers are making their way through conference play with win after win. Currently, the volleyball team is 9-3 in conference play and 13-10 overall after two more wins during this Halloween weekend to continue a three-game win streak.

One of these matches pitted Xavier against St. John’s in New York. The first set was taken by St. John’s, but there were 14 ties and three lead changes, with neither of the teams leading by more than four points throughout. With the score tied at 27, St. John’s got a kill, followed by an error on Xavier’s part, to take the first set with a score of 27-29.

Xavier would not let this slow them down and would take the next three sets to win (25-21, 25- 23, 25-21). The second set ended with a 7-3 Xavier run after being tied at 18 to allow the Musketeers to take their first set of the day. The third never saw Xavier trail behind St. John’s.

Impressive stats rose from the match against St. John’s, such as junior Abbey Bessler and her match high of 23 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore Kristen Mass added 11 more kills, while Lauren Metzger and Meredith Klare combined for 29 digs, defensively.

On Halloween, the team made its way to Providence, R.I. to go up against the Friars. The Musketeers had a close match but came out on top 3-2. Bessler racked up her 48th double-double and joined the 11 other Xavier members in the 1,000 kills-1,000 digs club. Brooke Betts posted her career high in kills and collected nine block assists.

Many more highs came from the match such as freshman McKena Estes led the team in assists with a career-high 31 of them. Klare posted a match high of 22 digs. Providence took the first set of the match, after the match was tied at 24, gaining the upper hand. The next two sets went to the Musketeers with scores of 25-21 and 25-17. After many ties, set four went to Providence (26-28).

The final set of the match went to Xavier to gain the victory for the team with a score of 15-6. After being tied at two, the Musketeers went on a 8-3 run to pave the way to the win. Overall, the match had 22 ties and 13 lead changes. The volleyball team will make its way back home after its series of away games to play against Seton Hall at 7 p.m. this Friday.