Whiting, Ind. – Senior middle blocker Colleen O'Hara (Lemont, Ill./University of Iowa/Lemont) had a big weekend as the Saint Xavier University women's volleyball team won three of its four matches at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Crossover Tournament this weekend held in the Dennis and Leslie Rittenmeyer Center on the campus of Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in Whiting, Ind. The Cougars won their first three matches of the tourney defeating host Calumet College (Ind.) and Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on Friday and then beating Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) in its early match Saturday. However, SXU fell to conference rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) in Saturday's finale losing in five sets by scores of 25-23, 18-25, 23-25, 25-19 and 8-15. O'Hara posted a combined 37 kills and six total blocks (three solos) over the two-day event and had an amazing attack percentage of .522 for the weekend.
Behind 11 kills from senior outside hitter Kayla Mullaney (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community), Saint Xavier defeated Calumet College (Ind.) in its first match Friday by scores of 25-6, 25-19 and 25-12. O'Hara was tough as well with nine kills and two blocks (one solo), while senior libero Christine Bowe (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) was also a force defensively with 15 digs. Senior setter Desiree Aramburu (Chicago, Ill./Radford University/Mother McAuley) finished the match with 34 assists. Senior outside hitter Kelly Knudsen (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) led the offensive attack with 14 kills in the late match Friday against Trinity Christian College. The Cougars won again in three sets 25-19, 25-17 and 25-21. Mullaney and sophomore Marie Hackert (Evansville, Ind./Reitz Memorial) each posted 10 kills in the victory. Mullaney also had 12 digs, while Aramburu recorded 39 assists, seven kills and 13 digs.
The Cougars continued to roll heading into Saturday's match-up against Purdue University-Calumet winning in three sets 25-7, 25-8 and 25-5. O'Hara was instumental with 13 kills and two blocks (one solo) and Hackert was also a force around the net posting seven kills and three block assists. Mullaney had a solid all-around match against the Peregrines as well finishing with six kills, four service aces and 12 digs. Unfortunately for SXU, the momentum did not carry over into the final tournament match against St. Francis despite a stellar 21 kills by Knudsen. The Cougars forced a fifth set with their 25-19 win in the fourth set, but could not get their offense to click in the last one. O'Hara played well in the finale with nine kills and a block assist, while Mullaney totaled 13 kills and 16 digs.
Saint Xavier (19-5 overall/9-1 CCAC) hosts Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Tuesday, October 9, for a conference match-up. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.