Sophomore Kayla Mullaney had a combined 43 kills on the weekend
Sophomore Kayla Mullaney had a combined 43 kills on the weekend
Volleyball - Mon, Nov. 1, 2010

Lebanon, Ill. - Sophomore outside hitter Kayla Mullaney (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) led the offensive attack for Saint Xavier University in three of the four matches played as the team split its decisions over the weekend at the McKendree University Volleyball Tournament in Lebanon, Ill. Mullaney posted 43 combined kills as the Cougars dropped their first two matches of the event Friday, but came back strong on Saturday to claim a pair of victories. With the 2-2 mark on the weekend, SXU now sits at 19-13 overall this season.

In a loss to Grand View University (Iowa) in Friday's first match, the Cougars fell in three sets by scores of 18-25, 23-25 and 15-25 despite 10 kills from Mullaney. Sophomore libero Christine Bowe (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) recorded a team-best 13 digs, while junior setter Jaclyn Major (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) contributed 27 assists. Saint Xavier would then face a tough challenge in Friday's late match taking on No. 23 ranked Lindenwood University (Mo.). The match ended in three sets with scores of 22-25, 21-25 and 19-25. Sophomore outside hitter Kelly Knudsen (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) led the Cougars with 12 kills and two service aces, while Bowe finished with 24 digs.

Saturday was a different story as SXU came out focused and won their first match of the day over Iowa Wesleyan College in three, 25-18, 25-17 and 25-14. Mullaney finished with 10 kills and four service aces and Major set things up posting 26 assists in the match. Bowe led the defensive effort with 10 digs, while junior middle blocker Kim Scudder (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) had seven kills and two block assists. The Cougars carried that momentum into their final match against Central Methodist University (Mo.). Winning in three again by scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-22, SXU was led by 13 kills from Mullaney. Knudsen also played well recording 12 kills and nine digs, while Bowe posted a team-best 17 digs. Major had 34 assists in the final match.

Saint Xavier (19-13 overall/6-4 CCAC) wraps up its regular season slate on Tuesday, November 2, with a big home match against Trinity International University (Ill.). The match will begin at 7 p.m. at the Shannon Center and the seniors and parents of the players will be honored. The result of Tuesday's match will have serious ramifications on the CCAC Tournament seedings.