Volleyball - Mon, Sep. 24, 2007
Fort Wayne, Ind. - Despite All-Tournament recognition for senior outside hitter Jessica Synowiecki (Oak Lawn, Ill./Moraine Valley CC), the Saint Xavier University volleyball team could not add to its win total dropping four matches at the Indiana Tech Volleyball Tournament over the weekend in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Cougars (9-10 overall/2-1 CCAC) played some tough competition at the event falling to No. 30 ranked Taylor University (Ind.) and No. 21 Walsh University (Ohio) in addition to its losses to host Indiana Tech and University of Michigan-Dearborn.

In Friday's first match against Taylor, SXU was never able to get into a rhythm and fell in three games 15-30, 22-30, 21-30 despite 12 kills by Synowiecki. Senior setter Traci Looby (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) tallied 28 assists and 17 digs in the match, while senior middle blocker Eileen Carls (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) had a team-best 20 digs.

Senior middle blocker Tara Breshock (Lansing, Ill./TF-South) recorded 15 kills in Friday's second match against Indiana Tech. The Cougars played tough, but eventually fell in five games 30-32, 30-24, 30-26, 17-30, 6-15. Looby finished with 44 assists and 24 digs, while junior libero Jenna Guide (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led Saint Xavier defensively with 26 digs.

SXU had another tough battle to open up the Saturday matches falling to University of Michigan-Dearborn in five games 30-25, 29-31, 28-30, 30-26, 8-15. Carls led the offensive attack with 19 kills as well as 25 digs, while Synowiecki posted 13 kills and 25 digs. Guide led the team in digs with 27 and had four service aces, while Looby tallied 47 assists.

Against No. 21 Walsh, SXU fell in three games 26-30, 19-30, 21-30. Synowiecki posted 13 kills in the loss, while Breshock finished with nine kills. Carls led the Cougars with 21 digs and Looby finished with 25 assists.

Saint Xavier (9-10 overall/2-1 CCAC) returns to its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) schedule on Tuesday, September 25, taking on Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The road match will start at 7 p.m. in Chicago.