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Tue, Sep 11, 2018 - [Volleyball]
Cougars return to Shannon Center to sweep Robert Morris

CHICAGO, Ill. – Saint Xavier volleyball made quick work of CCAC rival Robert Morris on Tuesday night, as the Cougars took their fifth victory in the last six matches, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17 over the Eagles.

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Freshman setter Cassidy Wyman (Lincoln-Way Central HS / New Lenox, Ill.) helped lead the attack, collecting 37 assists and recording a career-best 12.3 assists-per-set average. Rory Manion (Florida Atlantic / Elmhurst, Ill.) received the majority of those passes, finishing with 11 kills and a .292 attack percentage. Manion and Emily Mayer (Mother McAuley HS / Chicago, Ill.) led the defense with nine digs apiece, while Helena Atton (Herbert Henry Dow HS / Midland, Mich.) had six total blocks, one shy of her career best.

The Cougars (8-3, 3-0 CCAC) got off to a bit of a slow start, with an even score of 10-10 in the first set. A pair of attack errors from the Eagles (6-6, 0-2 CCAC) started a 7-1 run that put the home team in front 17-11. Later the Cougars would close the set by scoring five of the last six points, taking the game 25-17.

Robert Morris came out firing early in game two, using a five-point run to jump out to a 7-2 advantage. Throughout the rest of the set however, Saint Xavier would go 7-for-8 on sideout points, keeping the Eagles from putting together a run while scoring a 14-2 run of their own. Kate Bontrager (Indianapolis [Ind.] / Valparaiso, Ind.) gave SXU the two-set lead with her kill at 25-15, her third of the set and one of her seven kills throughout the night.

Saint Xavier built a comfortable lead in game three, leading 20-9 and closing in on the sweep when the Eagles started to rally. The visitors would score four straight to cut the lead to seven at 21-14, but that's as close as they would get, with a pair of service errors killing their momentum. Kills from Wyman and Lambros clinched the win for SXU, who have now won 15 straight matches inside the Shannon Center.

The Cougars look to continue the streak on Friday night, when they host Trinity Christian in a non-conference matchup. The rematch of last season's CCAC Tournament championship game is slated for September 14, at 7:00 p.m.

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