Volleyball - Mon, Oct. 13, 2008
CHICAGO - Behind a solid weekend by senior middle blocker Chelsey Guay (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba), the Saint Xavier University volleyball team split its four matches at the Olivet Nazarene University Holiday Inn Classic this past weekend in Bourbonnais, Ill. Guay finished the four-match stretch with 31 kills and 18 total blocks, including 12 solo stops, and following the event she earned a spot on the all-tournament team. The Cougars move to 10-21 on the season following the weekend matches.
SXU recorded both of its wins on Friday defeating Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.) in three straight games 25-22, 25-17, and 25-21 in its first match and beating Spring Arbor University (Mich.) in four games 25-19, 27-25, 19-25, and 25-20 in the day's second match. Against Southern Wesleyan, senior right side Laura Gullickson (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bishop McNamara) and senior outside hitter Mallory Winkler (Chicago, Ill./Queen of Peace) each posted eight kills, while Guay tallied five kills and four solo blocks. Senior libero Jenna Guide (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) had 15 digs in the winning effort. In the win over Spring Arbor, Guay and Winkler recorded nine kills apiece and Guide scooped up 24 digs for the Cougars.
Saturday was a different story as Saint Xavier matched up against No. 9 ranked Georgetown College (Ky.) and fell in three games 7-25, 16-25, and 11-25. Winkler led the offensive attack for SXU with five kills, while Guay finished with two kills and three solo blocks. In their second match of the day, the Cougars played tough but fell in the end losing in five games 17-25, 27-25, 25-19, 24-26, and 11-15. Guay had a big match for SXU with 15 kills, three solo blocks, and four block assists. Guide tallied 23 digs defensively for the Cougars.
Saint Xavier (10-21 overall/6-1 CCAC) returns to its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) schedule on Tuesday, October 14, with a home match against Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.