Volleyball aces road trip

By: Tim Wilmes The Xavier women’s volleyball team had a successful road trip this weekend after a 3-2 victory at Georgetown and a 3-0 win at Villanova, giving the squad an 18-9 (9-3 Big East) record overall. Freshman outside hitter Abbey Bessler was the difference for the Musketeers against the Hoyas, carrying the team through a five-set victory on Friday (17-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 17-15). Bessler finished the match in the nation’s capital with 25 kills and 12 digs, marking the 18th time this season that the young XU playmaker has recorded a double-double in a match. Junior setter Aubree … Continue reading Volleyball aces road trip

A battled Musketeer: Stainbrook’s transformative journey

By: Tim Wilmes Junior center Matt Stainbrook took his first steps onto the floor at Cintas Center on November 12, 2010 and was greeted by an energized arena and screaming fans. Unfortunately for Stainbrook, his first trip to Xavier was more unnerving than he would have expected in his first college basketball game. “As a freshman starting in my first game, I remember Kenny Frease getting announced with smoke all around and seeing him on the big screen, and my stomach was churning. I felt the butterflies,” Stainbrook said. As the starting center for Western Michigan University, 6-foot 10 Stainbrook … Continue reading A battled Musketeer: Stainbrook’s transformative journey

Hawkes and Wanninger lead young Xavier team

By: Tim Wilmes The Xavier women’s basketball team will face many new challenges this season. The Musketeers will dip their toes into the new Big East current of competition and adjust to a last-minute change of head coach. One of the biggest challenges for Xavier, however, will be the youth-filled roster of this year’s team. As the roster currently stands, XU has eight freshmen, three sophomores and two seniors. The Musketeers will need to lean on their two seniors — guards Ashley Wanninger and Shatyra Hawkes — if they are to overcome the major challenges that have been placed before … Continue reading Hawkes and Wanninger lead young Xavier team