Nuggets beat UNO, set school record for home victories
October 5, 2011
NEW ORLEANS — Moira Kirk and Jeanay Butler led
Xavier University of Louisiana with seven kills apiece Wednesday in a 25-18, 25-21,
25-12 women's volleyball victory against the University of New Orleans at The Barn.
The Gold Nuggets (11-3) tied a school record for victories
in a season and set another XU season mark with their sixth home victory. Xavier
has won 10 of its last 11 matches and is 6-0 at The Barn.
UNO (2-11), loser of seven straight, got seven kills from
Jasmyne Walker and four aces from Tory Hearn.
Xavier trailed 10-7 in the first set before consecutive
aces from Taylor Reuther and five UNO attack errors feuled a 10-3 run that put
the Gold Nuggets ahead to stay. Reuther ended the set with another ace.
The Privateers scored eight consecutive points to
reduce a 21-11 second-set deficit, but a Butler kill and blocks from Kerris
Crier and Reuther helped Xavier close. The Gold Nuggets outhit UNO .476 to
minus-.057 in the third set and rolled to a 19-7 advantage. A UNO attack error,
the Privateers' 27th and their 46th overall, ended the match.
Kirk attacked errorlessly for the third time in five
matches and is hitting .488 in 82 attempts during that span. Butler's kills and
.438 attack percentage were season highs.
Xavier outhit UNO .257 to minus-.027 for the match and
had a 45-34 advantage in digs. Chinedu Echebelem led the Nuggets with nine
digs, and Jessie Mouton had the same number for UNO.
Reuther, who won her third Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference Player of the Week award Monday, had season lows of five kills and
a .000 attack percentage.
"We never let down," Xavier coach Christabell Hamilton
said. "We made mistakes, but we kept the tempo of the match on our side. That's
an important thing to do for a young team like ours with four freshmen starting.
It also was also good to get all our players into the match. Because we're playing
five times in four days, all of them need to be ready to play."
It was the first volleyball meeting between the
schools. They'll meet again Oct. 25 at UNO. For Xavier, an NAIA member, it was
the fourth victory in five attempts against NCAA Division I opponents this season.
Xavier will play another D-I opponent, Prairie View A&M, at 5 p.m.
Thursday at The Barn.