Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 10, 2005
CHICAGO - Despite impressive play by junior Jessica Buchmeier (Steger, Ill./Bloom Trail), the Saint Xavier University volleyball team could not pick up a win in its four matches of the SXU Cougar Invitational this weekend at the Shannon Center in Chicago. With the losses, the Cougars fall to 4-8 overall this season.

In SXU's first match against Trinity International University (Ill.) Friday, Buchmeier finished with team-highs in both kills (10) and digs (13). However, the Cougars fell just short in the three-game match falling 23-30, 28-30, 28-30. In addition to Buchmeier, senior Carrie Mockovak (Burbank, Ill./Queen of Peace) also finished with 10 kills for SXU, while freshman Jenna Guide (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) tallied 11 digs.

Saint Xavier took on Taylor University (Ind.) in its second match of the Invitational Friday, but fell in four games 29-31, 28-30, 31-29, 13-30. Buchmeier tied again for the team-lead in kills with 13, while also recording a team-high 19 digs. Mockovak was the other Cougar to tally 13 kills in the match, while Guide again finished with a double-digit dig total with 10.

In Saturday action, SXU faced off against University of St. Francis (Ill.) in the 10 a.m. match and was able to win the first game of the match, 30-27. However, the Cougars dropped the next three games 13-30, 26-30, 30-32 to lose the match. Buchmeier led the offensive attack for Saint Xavier with 15 kills to go with her 12 digs, while junior Paige Pedigo (Chicago Ridge, Ill./Queen of Peace) had a nice all-around performance as well with 14 kills and 14 digs.

In SXU's final match of the Invitational, the Cougars played tough against Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), but fell in five games 27-30, 30-28, 28-30, 30-19, 11-15. Buchmeier finished with nine kills and 11 digs and Pedigo recorded seven kills and 16 digs to lead Saint Xavier.

SXU (4-8 overall) will play its second Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) match of the season on Tuesday, September 13, taking on Illinois Institute of Technology in a 7 p.m. road match in Chicago.