Volleyball - Mon, Sep. 15, 2008
Hastings, Neb. - Despite 35 kills and 34 digs over four matches on the weekend by senior right side Laura Gullickson (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bishop McNamara), the Saint Xavier University volleyball team failed to add a win to its overall record dropping all four of its matches as part of the 2008 Hastings College (Neb.) Quality Hotel Classic in Hastings, Neb. The Cougars (4-12 overall) dropped matches to Oklahoma Baptist University (Okla.) and College of Saint Mary (Neb.) Friday and then dropped its final two matches Saturday to No. 11 ranked Bellevue University (Neb.) and Peru State College (Neb.).

In the match against Oklahoma Baptist, SXU got seven kills from Gullickson in addition to 17 digs from senior libero Jenna Guide (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg). However, the Cougars dropped the match in three straight games 23-25, 18-25, 16-25. In Friday's late match against College of Saint Mary, the match was tight throughout and came down to the wire, but Saint Xavier fell in five games 13-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 14-16. Guide again played well defensively leading the team with 28 digs, while junior outside hitter Stephanie Galas (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) led the offensive attack with 11 kills.

The Cougars faced a tough adversary in its first match Saturday falling to No. 11 Bellevue in three straight games 22-25, 23-25, 17-25. Gullickson and senior middle blocker Chelsey Guay (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba) each finished with eight kills in the match, while Guide garnered 13 digs. The final match Saturday against Peru State College went four games, but the result was the same as SXU lost 26-28, 25-21, 23-25, 19-25 despite 15 kills from Guay. Gullickson also finished the match with 11 kills and 20 digs, while Guide posted 31 digs.

Saint Xavier (4-12 overall/3-0 CCAC) begins a three-match home stand on Tuesday, September 16, with a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) match-up against Trinity International University (Ill.). The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.