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Montana Tech defeats Xavier for UST tournament title
August 31, 2013

Box Score

     HOUSTON — Sydney Norris had three kills during a closing run Saturday which clinched Montana Tech's 21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 15-7 women's volleyball victory against Xavier University of Louisiana in the championship match of the UST Labor Day Tournament.
     The Lady Diggers (8-2) won their eighth in a row, including four matches in this event. The Gold Nuggets (5-3) were 3-1 in the tournament.
     The teams were tied at 6 in the fifth set before Montana Tech scored eight consecutive points. Norris' third kill of the run, off a free ball, gave the Lady Diggers a 12-6 lead. Montana Tech had a 9-4 advantage in kills during the fifth.
     Taylor Reuther had 19 kills and a career-high 25 digs for Xavier and recorded her seventh consecutive double-double. Chinedu Echebelem had 13 kills and 13 digs, and Moira Kirk had 11 kills and four blocks. Jodi Chatters had 19 digs and CeCe Williams 12.
     Kirk's block gave Xavier its only lead of the third set, 18-17, before Jordan Danz produced three kills to give the Lady Diggers a 2-sets-to-1 advantage. But Echebelem had four kills, and Kirk and Reuther had three apiece to force a fifth set.
     Earlier Saturday, the Gold Nuggets defeated Columbia (S.C.) 25-27, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15. It was the second time this season that Xavier won after dropping the opening set.
     Reuther had 15 kills, 14 digs and a season-high four aces against Columbia. Kirk had 11 kills, and reserve Claudia Haywood had seven kills and three blocks in two sets. Chatters had 20 digs, Franziska Pirkl had 32 assists and 12 digs in her fourth double-double of the season, and Echebelem had nine digs and a career-high-tying three aces.
     "This was progress," XU coach Hannah Lawing said. "It was a very productive weekend for us. We learned how it feels to be successful, not only individually, but as a team. We are taking steps in the right direction and growing as a team."
     Xavier must play five more times on the road — 6 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Hill, then four times next week in the Rumpke Invitational at Georgetown, Ky. — before playing its home and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener at 1 p.m. on Sept. 14 against Voorhees at the Convocation Center.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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