CHICAGO – Powered by an impressive performance off the bench by sophomore defensive specialist Dominique Aramburu (Chicago, Ill./UIC/Mother McAuley), the No. 2 seeded Saint Xavier volleyball team rallied for a thrilling win over No. 7 seed Roosevelt University in quarterfinals action of the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Volleyball Tournament Tuesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The match went all five sets with the Lakers taking the first one, 25-22, and the host Cougars forced to rally late in the second set for a 26-24 win. The third set went to RU, 25-23, but SXU finished strong taking the final two sets, 25-18 and 15-6. Aramburu led the Cougars with four service aces and 31 digs on the night. She also served five straight points late in the fourth set to help Saint Xavier pull away for good.
Senior outside hitter Kelly Knudsen (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) led the attack for the Cougars with a match-best 21 kills to go along with her 17 digs. Senior setter Desiree Aramburu (Chicago, Ill./Radford University/Mother McAuley) finished with 46 assists and 16 digs, while senior libero Christine Bowe (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) was also tough with 28 digs and four assists. Senior middle blocker Colleen O'Hara (Lemont, Ill./University of Iowa/Lemont) and freshman right side Meghan Falsey (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) were solid on the net each recording six block assists in the match. Senior outside hitter Kayla Mullaney (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) also posted 15 kills for SXU. Sophomore outside hitter Valerie Cutrone led Roosevelt offensively with 15 kills.
Saint Xavier (29-11 overall/18-1 CCAC) hosts a semifinals match for the CCAC Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, November 8. The Cougars will host No. 3 seed Trinity Christian College (Ill.) in Thursday's match beginning at 7 p.m. at the Shannon Center.