Senior Kayla Mullaney had another big night for SXU with 17 kills, 15 digs and two aces
Senior Kayla Mullaney had another big night for SXU with 17 kills, 15 digs and two aces
Cardinal Stritch University
(RV)Saint Xavier
Volleyball - Tue, Oct. 9, 2012

CHICAGO – Behind 17 kills, 15 digs and a pair of service aces by senior outside hitter Kayla Mullaney (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community), the Saint Xavier University women's volleyball team secured a key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory over Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) Tuesday night at the Shannon Center.  The Cougars (20-5 overall) looked poised to take the match in three sets after winning the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-19 and leading 24-20 in the third.  However, the Wolves were not going down without a fight and rattled off six straight points to take the third set, 26-24, and carried the momentum into the fourth set for a 25-15 victory.  In the decisive fifth set, SXU got three big kills from senior middle blocker Colleen O'Hara (Lemont, Ill./University of Iowa/Lemont) and took advantage of six CSU attacking errors to secure the match with a 15-12 win.  The Cougars now hold sole possession of first place in the North Division of the CCAC with a 10-1 mark.

O'Hara finished the night with 12 kills and four total blocks (one solo), while senior libero Christine Bowe (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) set a new career high with 31 digs for the Cougars Tuesday.  Senior setter Desiree Aramburu (Chicago, Ill./Radford University/Mother McAuley) also turned in 49 assists and 22 digs toward the winning effort.  Senior outside hitter Kelly Knudsen (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) and sophomore Marie Hackert (Evansville, Ind./Reitz Memorial) had solid nights as well for SXU.  Knudsen posted a double-double of 13 kills and 11 digs, while Hackert led the team with six blocks (three solos) to go along with eight kills.

Saint Xavier (20-5 overall/10-1 CCAC) continues conference play on Thursday, October 11, heading up to Deerfield, Ill., to face off against Trinity International University.  The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.