Nov. 19, 2011
DAYTON, Ohio – Second-seeded Xavier edged out #3 seeded Saint Louis, 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-18, 25-23), during the semifinal round of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Volleyball Championship, Saturday evening at the Frericks Center on the campus of the University of Dayton.
The Musketeers (20-10) now advance to the final match where they will face tournament host and top seeded Dayton. The two teams, who also met for the 2010 A-10 Championship, will take the court on Sunday at 3:00PM. Xavier's trip to the A-10 finals is the first back-to-back trip since the Musketeers went in 2000 and 2001.
With the loss, Saint Louis concludes its 2011 campaign with a 15-12 overall record.
In a closely contested match that featured 36 ties and 20 lead changes, Xavier hit .188, while Saint Louis put together a .108 hitting percentage. The Musketeers registered 53 kills on 149 swings with 25 errors, compared to the Billikens 48 kills on 157 attempts with 31 errors. XU was led by Alex Smith’s .429 hitting percentage and SLU was backed by Cassie Clarke’s .500 clip.
The Championship match will be webstreamed free of charge through the A-10’s online home – www.atlantic10.com.
About the A-10
The Atlantic 10 Conference was formed in 1976, is currently comprised of 14 member institutions and sponsors 21 championship sports. The mission and goal of the Atlantic 10 is to preserve, protect, and enhance the academic and athletic pursuits of the membership. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for more than 6,000 student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The member institutions of the Atlantic 10 are the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, University of Massachusetts, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University, Temple University, and Xavier University.