NAIA kills leader helps 7-0 Badgers defeat Xavier in three
September 6, 2011
MOBILE, Ala. — Yiting Cao, the NAIA leader in
kills per set and a third-team All-American in 2010, had 15 kills, a .542
attack percentage, 12 digs and two aces Tuesday to lead Spring Hill to a 25-10, 25-20, 25-12 women's
volleyball victory against Xavier University of Louisiana.
The Badgers, 7-0 for the first time in the program's
history, never trailed in any set and outhit the Gold Nuggets .442 to .061.
Spring Hill also had advantages of 43-24 in kills, 7-3 in aces and 46-33 in digs.
Taylor Reuther led Xavier (1-2) with 12 kills, three digs
and three aces but was denied a third consecutive kill-dig
double-double. Moira Kirk had six kills and four digs, and Celeste Poe had nine
digs. Alexandria Rencher, a freshman setter playing in her hometown, led the
Nuggets with 18 assists.
Four XU errors in the first seven rallies helped
Spring Hill grab an 8-1 lead. The Nuggets closed to 9-4 after a Reuther
kill, but Cao produced a kill and an ace to start the Badgers on an 8-3 run. Cao finished
the set with her sixth kill, three more than Xavier.
Xavier and Spring Hill traded points on the first
14 rallies of the second set, then consecutive kills by Megan Haber, Sha Sha
Buchanan and Cao put Spring Hill ahead to stay at 10-7. Xavier was within
16-14 after Reuther's kill and consecutive aces, but three Cao kills helped
the Badgers clinch.
Abbey Roam led the Badgers in the final set with four kills,
including the match-ending attack.
Buchanan finished with 12 kills, a .611 attack percentage
and three aces. Roam had seven kills and 12 digs.
Spring Hill is 34-5 since the start of the 2010
season and has won 14 of its last 15 at home. The Badgers are 10-0 all-time
against Xavier and have the most victories of any XU opponent.
It was Xavier's third consecutive match against a
Southern States Athletic Conference opponent to start the season, but it was
the first time the Nuggets failed to win a set. They lost in five sets at Belhaven
on Aug. 26 and defeated Mobile in five at The Barn on Aug. 29. Spring Hill has
lost just one set this season.
Xavier will play Judson (Ala.) at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Barn
in the first of three matches in as many days. The Nuggets will travel to Alcorn
State on Friday and play Mississippi Valley at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Barn.
NOTES: XU's match against Judson
will be White Out Night — fans are encouraged to wear a white shirt Thursday
. . . Spring Hill received four points in the Tachikara-NAIA Coaches'
Top 25 Poll announced Tuesday and ranked 39th overall . . . Xavier will play four
of its next five matches at home.