Kirk's a big hit in Gold Nuggets' victory against Judson
September 8, 2011
NEW ORLEANS — Moira Kirk produced 14 kills, a .619
attack percentage, five aces and three blocks Thursday to lead Xavier University of
Louisiana to a 25-12, 25-11, 25-17 women's volleyball victory against
Judson (Ala.) at The Barn.
Chinedu Echebelem had nine kills for the Gold Nuggets
(2-2), and Taylor Reuther had five kills, eight digs and three aces. Celeste Poe
served a career-high-tying four aces and had nine digs.
Xavier served 14 aces and had a .200 attack percentage,
both season bests. The Gold Nuggets are 2-0 at home for the first time in the
program's four-year history.
Judson is 4-2.
The Nuggets served six first-set aces — three by
Poe during a 9-0 run, two in a row by Kirk to give Xavier a 19-10 lead, and the
last by Reuther to end the set. Kirk served three consecutive aces to give
Xavier a 16-6 lead in the second set.
Judson offered its most resistance in the final set,
leading 6-4 and 11-10 before Xavier scored 12 of the final 16 points to break
out of a 13-all tie. Three Kirk kills and a Joyy Joseph ace keyed an 8-0 run
which gave the Nuggets their first of two match points.
Kirk's attack percentage and aces are the best by
a Xavier player in a match this season. She entered the match with one ace
Xavier is 3-0 all-time against Judson and will visit
the Eagles on Oct. 15.
The Nuggets will continue a busy stretch —
four matches in five days — when they travel to Alcorn State for a 7 p.m.
Friday contest. Xavier will play Mississippi Valley at The Barn at 3 p.m.
Saturday. Alcorn and MVSU are NCAA Division I opponents.
NOTES: Five freshmen started for Xavier
— Kirk, Echebelem, Reuther, Jeanay Butler and Alexandria Rencher . . .
Reuther's streak of three consecutive matches with 10 or more kills ended . . .
Alcorn will be the first of seven XU matches this season against NCAA D-Is . . .
Alcorn is 1-6 after a 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-17 loss Thursday at SUNO,
a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference rival of Xavier. Alcorn won in five sets
Wednesday at Dillard, the defending GCAC Tournament champion.