Sophomore libero Christine Bowe earned all-tournament honors this weekend
Sophomore libero Christine Bowe earned all-tournament honors this weekend
Volleyball - Mon, Sep. 20, 2010

Marion, Ind. - Behind an all-tournament performance by sophomore libero Christine Bowe (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South), the Saint Xavier University volleyball team overcame a rocky start and rallied back to split its four matches this weekend at the Best Western Classic hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. The Cougars (10-5 overall) dropped both Friday matches to Bethel University (Ind.) and Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio), but came back strong in the two Saturday matches defeating Goshen College (Ind.) and Cedarville University (Ohio), respectively. Bowe was strong defensively throughout the weekend finishing the Classic with 75 total digs.

SXU never got into a rhythm in its early match Friday against Bethel University (Ind.) falling in three sets 17-25, 20-25 and 22-25. Junior middle blocker Kim Scudder (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) led the offensive attack for the Cougars with 10 kills and also posted seven total blocks (six assists). Junior setter Ashley August (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township) posted 16 set assists, while Bowe tallied a team-best 10 digs. Despite winning the first set, SXU had trouble with Mount Vernon Nazarene in its next match falling 25-22, 12-25, 20-25 and 21-25. Sophomore outside hitters Kayla Mullaney (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) and Kelly Knudsen (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) recorded 15 and 13 kills, respectively, in Friday's second match. Junior setter Jaclyn Major (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) also played well with 38 assists and 16 digs. Bowe led the defensive front with 22 digs.

Against a tough Goshen squad, the Cougars had to rally back after losing the first two sets, but completed the rally in five 18-25, 25-27, 25-21, 25-13 and 15-9. Mullaney helped lead the charge with 20 kills and 18 digs. Major set things up with 20 assists, while Bowe was solid again with 25 digs. SXU kept up its winning ways with a victory over Cedarville University (Ohio) in the late match 25-18, 29-27, 23-25 and 25-18. Mullaney finished with 19 kills and four blocks (two solos) and Knudsen was tough as well with 15 kills and 12 digs. Major posted a team-best 52 assists and Bowe again led the defense with 18 digs.

Saint Xavier (10-5 overall/1-1 CCAC) returns home to host a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) match against Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on Tuesday, September 21. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start Tuesday at the Shannon Center in Chicago.