Bourbonnais, Ill. – Behind a combined 22 kills by junior middle hitter Marie Hackert (Evansville, Ind./Reitz Memorial) , the Saint Xavier University volleyball team split its first two matches at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Crossover Tournament hosted by Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) Friday at McHie Arena in Bourbonnais, Ill. The Cougars took down Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) in the early match by scores of 25-19, 25-14 and 29-27. However, SXU could not carry the momentum over into the evening match with host Olivet Nazarene falling in three sets 15-25, 19-25 and 17-25.
Hackert and sophomore middle blocker Heidi Gregerson (Park Ridge, Ill./UW-Parkside/Maine South) each recorded 11 kills in Saint Xavier's victory over Purdue-Calumet Friday afternoon. The Cougars also got a nice offensive showing from sophomore right side Meghan Falsey (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) with nine kills, while junior setter Kelli Shaffer (Heyworth, Ill./Heyworth) posted 33 assists and eight digs. Dominique Aramburu (Chicago, Ill./UIC/Mother McAuley) led the defensive effort with a match-best 10 digs.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, the offense struggled in the late match against the Tigers with the team posting as many attacking errors (26) as kills (26). Hackert again finished with 11 kills, but she did not get much support as Gregerson finished next in the category with six kills. Aramburu tallied 12 digs for SXU, while Shaffer racked up 22 assists. Sophomore outside hitter Cassidy Sponsler (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) finished the match with three service aces as well for the Cougars.
Saint Xavier (8-8 overall/3-3 CCAC) wraps up CCAC Crossover play on Saturday, October 5, in Bourbonnais. The Cougars take on Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) in a 10 a.m. match and then finish up with a 2 p.m. match against league-leading Trinity Christian College (Ill.).