Volleyball teams celebrate seniors

Photo courtesy of Xavier Athletics | Senior defensive specialist Samantha Foti had an exceptional performance on Senior Day, posting the second double-double of her Xavier career. She registered 12 kills and 16 digs in the four-set victory over Providence.

Last weekend, the Xavier volleyball team celebrated its senior players’ careers by hosting the 2017 season’s Senior Day.

Seniors who were honored included defensive specialist Samantha Foti, middle blocker Lauren Frilling, outside hitter Kristen Massa and setter Mackenzi Humm.

Redshirt junior Alexis Newsome was also honored in the pre-game festivities held at Cintas Center.

The day was filled with both sentiments of joy and sadness but also celebration after Xavier defeated Providence three sets to one on Sunday afternoon.

Frilling and Foti combined for a grand total of 21 kills during Sunday’s match. Foti, in her final home game, recorded her second double-double of the season by shoveling up 16 digs.

Newsome also chipped in by producing four of the teams five blocks.

The rest of the team was motivated to make the seniors victorious in their final home game.

Redshirt freshman middle blocker Audrey Adams led the team with 14 kills and was named Big East Freshman of the Week for her efforts.

Junior outside hitter Laura Grossman also made contributions, tallying 11 kills of her own.

Xavier, receiving a full team effort on Sunday, captured a four-set victory over Providence (25-17, 19-25, 25-20, 25-14).

Even after a special day to honor the seniors for all they have done for the volleyball program here at Xavier, the players are not finished.

The Musketeers return to the court on Friday to face St. John’s on the road.

The regular season concludes with an away matchup against Seton Hall on Saturday.

The five seniors departing from Xavier’s program will be missed, but their legacy will never be forgotten by those who have followed the team throughout the years.

By: Tim Kramer ~Staff Writer~