Nov. 17, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A good rivalry always adds to championship atmosphere and for the third straight year the Dayton-Xavier rivalry will take center stage in volleyball.
The second-seeded Musketeers beat No. 3 VCU 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-20) in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Volleyball Championship semifinals to reach the finals for the third straight time. They will face Dayton in the nationally televised match (CBS Sports Network), which begins at Noon.
It's the third year in a row and fifth time overall the two teams have met in the finals with an NCAA bid on the line. Dayton has won each of those previous meetings.
The Xavier-VCU match was a defensive battle at the net, with VCU recording 12.5 team blocks, led by eight from Rookie of the Year Martina Samadan, in an effort that held Xavier to just one player with double digit kills (Kelsey Dunaway, 10 kills).
But the Musketeers' defense was just as tough, recording nine blocks, led by Alex Blair's seven. The defense kept VCU's offense off balance, forcing the Rams to hit .043 and keeping the VCU players from reaching double-digit kills.
VCU, which lost just one non-conference match in the regular season, is now 25-6 overall. Xavier improved to 25-6