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Pack overcomes 2-set deficit, improves to 11-0 against XU
October 19, 2012

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     NEW ORLEANS — Kailey Tuthill, Sabrina Stansberry and Samantha Worsham rallied Loyola to a 25-27, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-6 women's volleyball victory against Xavier University of Louisiana in the Hampton Inn Wolf Pack Classic at The Den on Friday.
     The Wolf Pack (16-7) defeated the Gold Nuggets (13-6) for the second time in 10 days and remained unbeaten in 11 all-time meetings against Xavier. This was the first time that Xavier and Loyola played five sets, and it was the first time since 2004 that the Nuggets won a set against their city rival.
     Xavier's school-record 11-match road win streak ended. The Nuggets had extended that mark with a four-set victory against Union (Tenn.) earlier in the day.
     In the final three sets, Tuthill and Stansberry had eight kills each, and Worsham served five aces. Stansberry also had five blocks during the comeback.
     Tuthill finished with 12 kills, nine digs and four blocks. Eva Allen had 11 kills, and Stansberry and Lauren Brand had 10 kills apiece.
     Three Xavier players produced double-doubles. Taylor Reuther had 18 kills and 12 digs, Chinedu Echebelem matched her career highs of 14 kills and 17 digs, and Franziska Pirkl had 47 assists, a career best, and 10 digs. Moira Kirk had 11 kills, seven digs and four blocks, CeCe Williams had six kills and a career-high-tying 12 digs, and Jodi Chatters had a career-high 21 digs.
     The Gold Nuggets rallied from a 17-11 first-set deficit and won the set after Brand's back-to-back attack errors. Xavier trailed 8-3 and 21-19 in the second set before rallying with four kills — Kirk had the clincher — and two Wolf Pack errors.
     But Loyola controlled the final three sets, outhitting the Nuggets .218 to .099 after Xavier had a .247 to .168 advantage in the first two sets. Xaveir averaged 12.3 errors in the final three sets after averaging 9.5 in the first two.
     It was the third time in Xavier history that it lost after holding a two-set lead. Entering the match, the Nuggets were 22-0 on the road after winning the first set during Christabell Hamilton's two seasons as coach.
     Xavier's next match will start at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Barn against Tougaloo. Both teams are 6-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. It will be Breast Cancer Awareness Night, and fans are encouraged to wear pink.


 

 
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