Volleyball - Mon, Aug. 27, 2007
Dearborn, Mich. - Led by an all-tournament performance by senior outside hitter Jessica Synowiecki (Oak Lawn, Ill./Moraine Valley CC), the Saint Xavier University volleyball team compiled a 3-1 record in its four matches over the weekend at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Earlybird Volleyball Tournament in Dearborn, Mich. The Cougars finished fifth in the 12-team event and picked up victories over Rochester College (Mich.), Spring Arbor University (Mich.), and Bethel College (Ind.).

In Friday's first match against Rochester, SXU won the match in three straight games 30-15, 30-9, and 30-19. Synowiecki led the offensive charge with eight kills, while senior middle blocker Tara Breshock (Lansing, Ill./TF-South) posted seven kills and four blocks. Senior libero Emily Soto (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Junior College) was tough defensively for the Cougars finishing with a team-best 14 digs.

Saint Xavier could not carry the winning momentum into its second match of the night Friday against Cornerstone University (Mich.) falling in three 12-30, 23-30, and 18-30. Again, Synowiecki was tough with a team-high nine kills in addition to 15 digs. Soto led the Cougars in digs with 20 digs, while senior setter Traci Looby (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) posted 24 assists.

Saturday proved to be a good day for Saint Xavier as the Cougars picked up two wins against Spring Arbor and Bethel, respectively. Behind a team-best 15 kills by Synowiecki and 12 kills by Breshock, SXU beat Spring Arbor in three straight games 30-22, 30-15, and 30-12. Junior outside hitter Chelsey Guay (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba) finished the match with five blocks and Soto was the digs leader for the third straight match with 16.

In Saint Xavier's final match of the tourney, Synowiecki secured her spot on the all-tournament team with a team-high 13 kills as the Cougars defeated Bethel in three straight games 30-20, 30-28, 30-12. Guay also posted nine kills for SXU, while Looby recorded 39 assists and a team-best 16 digs.

Saint Xavier (3-1 overall) returns to action on Tuesday, September 4, to open up its conference slate against rival University of St. Francis (Ill.). The match begins at 7:30 p.m. in Joliet, Ill.