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Nuggets rally from 2 sets down for first-ever win at Mobile
September 21, 2013

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     MOBILE, Ala. — Xavier University of Louisiana rallied from a two-set deficit for a 20-25, 19-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-13 women's volleyball victory against Mobile on Saturday.
     It was the Gold Nuggets' first-ever victory at Mobile and their first-ever five-set victory on an opponent's floor. Xavier (10-7) has a season-high four-match win streak.
     Moira Kirk has 18 kills, hit .455 and had three blocks for Xavier. Taylor Reuther had 17 kills and 24 digs, Claudia Haywood had a career-high-tying 10 kills, and Chinedu Echebelem had nine kills. Alexandria Rencher, playing in her hometown, had a career-best 46 assists. The Nuggets served eight aces, two apiece by Kirk and Echebelem.
     "The first two sets our energy and communication were lacking. The third set we found a spark about halfway through," XU coach Hannah Lawing said. "It was like the girls decided at that moment that they knew they could win and they were going to.
     "(Assistant coach) Kenny (Marroccoli) and I have been telling the girls all season that we need to control the things we can control: communication, celebration, energy, attitude. The last three sets we exceeded those requirements as well as played smart and effectively."
     Kirk, Reuther and Haywood combined for 30 kills and a .482 hitting percentage in the final three sets.
     Before Saturday, Xavier was 0-5 in five-set matches on opponents' floors. It's the fourth time in the Gold Nuggets' six seasons that they won after dropping the first two sets.
     Xavier also set a school record with its fifth victory this season after losing the first set. Before Saturday, the Gold Nuggets were 2-38 on opponents' courts when dropping the first set.
     Xavier snapped the season-high four-match win streak of Mobile (10-8) and ended the Lady Rams' five-match home win streak.
     Bailey Nations had 25 kills and Jessica Rule 16 for Mobile.
     Xavier will travel next weekend for Gulf Coast Athletic Conference matches at Edward Waters and Talladega. The Gold Nuggets' next home matches will be Oct. 5 against Dillard and St. Thomas (Texas).
     NOTES:  Starting time of the Edward Waters match next Saturday was moved up two hours to 11 a.m. EDT . . . Middle blocker Kerris Crier will be honored in a Senior Night ceremony prior to the Gold Nuggets' 6 p.m. match Oct. 18 against Avila . . . The Nuggets' Dig Pink match for breast cancer awareness will start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 against SUNO.


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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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