Volleyball - Sun, Oct. 21, 2007
Joliet, Ill. - Behind a team-best 39 kills over four matches by senior middle blocker Tara Breshock (Lansing, Ill./TF-South), the Saint Xavier University volleyball team cruised through its second straight weekend tournament winning all four of its matches at the 2007 University of St. Francis (Ill.) Big Guns Tourney in Joliet, Ill. The Cougars (22-11 overall) won all four of its matches in three sets with victories over University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS), University of Rio Grande (Ohio), Marian College (Ind.), and Culver-Stockton College (Mo.).
In the tourney opener against UIS, SXU defeated the Prairie Stars in three 30-25, 30-15, 32-30 behind 13 kills and 14 digs from senior outside hitter Jessica Synowiecki (Oak Lawn, Ill./Moraine Valley CC). Junior outside hitter Chelsey Guay (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba) played tough as well with 12 kills and four total blocks (two solos, two assists), while senior setter Traci Looby (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) finished with 40 set assists and five service aces. In the second match Friday night, the Cougars defeated University of Rio Grande (Ohio) 30-14, 30-20, 30-20. Breshock led the offensive attack with 10 kills, while junior outside hitter Mallory Winkler (Chicago, Ill./Queen of Peace) tacked on six kills and team-best 12 digs.
In Saturday's first match against Marian College (Ind.), Saint Xavier won again in three sets 30-14, 30-17, 30-22 thanks to 10 kills, four service aces, and three total blocks (two solo, one assist) by Synowiecki. Senior libero Emily Soto (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Junior College) finished the match with 17 digs and three aces for the Cougars. In the final match of the tourney, SXU beat Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) in three 30-17, 30-22, 30-27 behind 12 kills by Synowiecki. Soto had 17 digs in the final match, while Looby had 43 set assists.
Saint Xavier (22-11 overall, 6-1 CCAC) gets back into its conference schedule on Tuesday, October 23, with a big home match against rival Olivet Nazarene University. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.