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Lyons' late kills cap Xavier comeback against Dillard
October 23, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Sierra Lyons scored five of Xavier University of Louisiana's final six points with kills Saturday to complete a 15-25, 19-25, 25-12, 25-22, 15-7 women's volleyball victory over Dillard at The Barn.
     The Gold Nuggets (8-22 overall, 3-3 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) defeated the Lady Bleu Devils (16-8, 3-1) for the first time in seven meetings and earned their first victory after trailing by two sets.
     Lyons, a freshman from Houma, La., and a graduate of Terrebonne High School, finished with 16 kills, her second most of the season. She also served two aces and had seven digs and three blocks.
     Erin Vincent added 12 kills, 12 digs and five aces for Xavier, which set a school record with its third consecutive victory, and Danielle Jones had a season-best eight kills.
     Krista Hall and Valencia Wise had 10 kills apiece for Dillard, which lost for the third time in 11 matches. Monica Barros de Alcantara had eight kills, five aces and eight digs.
     Barros de Alcantara had three aces and two kills during an 11-0 first-set run, and Dillard added six aces in the second set to extend its advantage. But Xavier raced to a 17-6 lead en route to winning the third set, and two Vincent aces and two Lyons kills helped the Nuggets erase a 19-17 fourth-set deficit and send the match to the fifth.
     Four Dillard attack errors keyed a 7-2 run in the fifth which put Xavier ahead to stay. Wise's kill cut Xavier's lead to 9-6, but Lyons closed with her barrage of kills and scored the Nuggets' final three points.
     Xavier served one ace in the first two sets but had 11 aces in the final three sets.
     It was the final GCAC regular-season match for Xavier, which will play home matches against Mobile at 6 p.m. Thursday and Loyola at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. Dillard has two GCAC matches remaining, including Tougaloo at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and will play host to the conference tournament Nov. 12-13.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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