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XU's Pieri, D'Souza, Lyons sweep GCAC's weekly awards

Matt Pieri
Matt Pieri

   Anna D'Souza
Anna D'Souza

   Sierra Lyons
Sierra Lyons

     October 27, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — For the second time this fall, Xavier University of Louisiana has swept the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's three weekly student-athlete awards.
     Matt Pieri is the GCAC Runner of the Week in men's cross country for the fifth time this season. Anna D'Souza is the Runner of the Week in women's cross country for the first time, and Sierra Lyons is the Player of the Week in women's volleyball for the second time.
     Pieri, a sophomore from New Orleans and a graduate

of Brother Martin High School, set an XU men's record with his sixth career Runner of the Week award and tied Mark Dotson (2009) for the most in one season. He ran three miles in 16 minutes, 14 seconds at the Demon Invitational in Natchitoches, La., on Friday and had his fastest per-mile pace of the season.
     D'Souza, a junior from Baton Rouge, La., and a graduate of St. Michael High School, ran three miles in 20:42 to finish 13th at the Demon Invitational and lead Xavier to a fourth-place finish out of eight teams. The Gold Nuggets finished ahead of NCAA Division I members Louisiana Tech and Centenary. D'Souza was just a half-second from her fastest per-mile pace of the season.
     Lyons, a freshman from Houma, La., and a graduate of Terrebonne High School, averaged 3.1 kills per set and had a .463 hitting percentage to lead the Gold Nuggets to a 3-1 record, including a school-record three-match win streak. Lyons had 16 kills, seven digs, three blocks and two aces in Xavier's 15-25, 19-25, 25-12, 25-22, 15-7 home victory against Dillard on Saturday and scored five of Xavier's final six points on kills.
     Xavier's next volleyball match will start at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Barn against Mobile. XU's cross country teams will compete Nov. 5 in the NAIA National Championships qualifying meet/GCAC Championships at Nashville, Tenn.


 

 
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