Volleyball finds success at Illini Classic

By: Isabel Smith ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier volleyball team opened its season at the Illini Classic in Champaign, Ill., at Huff Hall. The team moved to 2-1 following wins over Arkansas and Missouri State and a loss against the home team, No. 14 Illinois. Xavier started play at the Illini Classic with a match against Missouri State. The Musketeers defeated the opposition in five sets, 3-2. The Bears captured the first two sets before Xavier came back to win the final three 25-23, 25-17 and 16-14. The Musketeers showcased their talent with three players posting double-figure kills. Redshirt senior right-side … Continue reading Volleyball finds success at Illini Classic

Volleyball team starts Big East play strong

By: Kyle Tooley ~Guest Writer~ After finishing the majority of non-conference play with a 4-6 record, Xavier volleyball was looking for a boost to start off conference play, and the Musketeers found it. The team beat Marquette, Providence and St. John’s this past week, pushing it into first place in the conference. The Marquette game on Sept. 23 was a clean sweep, as the Musketeers won in three sets, 25-23, 25-16 and 25-19. Junior Abbey Bessler led the way with 16 kills, followed by sophomore Kristen Massa with 12. The team then came home to face a strong Providence team … Continue reading Volleyball team starts Big East play strong

Xavier volleyball falls before Big East play begins

By: David Woeltz ~Staff Writer~ Xavier volleyball is preparing for Big East conference play after dropping a tightly contested match to No. 24 Kentucky at Cintas Center. The Musketeers fell in four sets (22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20) to the Wildcats on Sept. 18, as the neon-clad student section was not enough to turn the tide. The match was Xavier’s second straight against a ranked opponent, and the loss drops the Musketeers to 4-6 on the season. The first set was largely controlled by the Musketeers behind the front line of sophomore Kristen Massa and junior Abbey Bessler who combined for … Continue reading Xavier volleyball falls before Big East play begins