Gold Nuggets 2-0 on opening day of GCAC Tournament
November 10, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Top-seeded Xavier University of
Louisiana defeated eighth-seeded Edward Waters 25-6, 25-11, 25-14 and fourth-seeded
Talladega 17-25, 25-12, 25-11, 25-21 in Thursday's opening rounds of the Gulf
Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball tournament.
Moira Kirk had 13 kills, and Taylor Reuther had eight kills
and four aces against Edward Waters. Both freshmen had 17 kills against Talladega,
and Reuther had 12 digs for her team-leading 10th kill-dig double-double of the season.
Xavier (21-6) needs two victories to win the tournament and
secure the GCAC's automatic bid to next week's NAIA National Championship. The Gold
Nuggets will play at 6 p.m. Friday against second-seeded and defending champion Dillard,
a four-set winner against third-seeded SUNO. The eight-team, double-elimination event will conclude Saturday.
"The girls came out and played well," Xavier first-year coach
Christabell Hamilton said. "The second match we started slowly, but we got it together
and finished well. We're really growing and maturing as a team, and that's the most
important thing at this part of the season."
Xavier trailed 3-0 and 10-8 in the fourth set against
Talladega (21-14), but took the lead for good at 17-16 on a kill by Reuther, who
scored five of the Nuggets' final nine points on attacks. Reuther had eight kills
in the final set.
Celeste Poe had 13 digs against Talladega, and Iva Bobkova
served a season-best five aces. Bobkova and Jeanay Butler served three aces apiece
against Edward Waters (4-29).
The Nuggets have won six straight, the second longest streak
in the program's four seasons and their best since an eight-match streak in September.
They are 7-0 this season on neutral courts.