CHICAGO – Powered by a solid all-around performance from senior setter Desiree Aramburu (Chicago, Ill./Radford University/Mother McAuley), the Saint Xavier University volleyball team pulled away from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) volleyball action Thursday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (13-2 overall) took the match in three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-17 and remained perfect in conference play at 6-0. Aramburu posted 32 assists, 14 digs and a pair of service aces, while senior outside hitter Kelly Knudsen (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) led the offensive attack for SXU with a match-best 16 kills.
Senior outside hitter Kayla Mullaney (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) and senior middle blocker Colleen O'Hara (Lemont, Ill./University of Iowa/Lemont) both finished with eight kills for the Cougars. Senior libero Christine Bowe (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) tied with Aramburu for the team lead with 14 digs on the night as well. Mullaney also recorded nine digs and two aces in Thursday's match. The Cougars jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in the first set and never looked back en route to the 25-15 win. The second set did not go nearly as smooth as SXU faced an 18-10 deficit, but rallied back with nine straight points to take back control of the set and pick up the 25-21 victory. The third set started off tight, but a five-point run by the Cougars midway through the set made it 17-11 and it was enough momentum to secure the match.
Saint Xavier (13-2 overall/6-0 CCAC) heads to Marion, Ind., to take part in the Indiana Wesleyan/Indiana Tech Tournament this weekend. The Cougars open the two-day event with a 4 p.m. (eastern) match against Aquinas College (Mich.) on Friday, September 28.