Volleyball - Mon, Sep. 19, 2005
CHICAGO - Despite a bumpy start Friday, the Saint Xavier University volleyball team righted the ship on Saturday pulling out a 2-2 record in four matches at the Second Annual Bronco Volleyball Premier in Hastings, Neb. The Cougars finished second in their four-team pool and had juniors Jessica Buchmeier (Steger, Ill./Bloom Trail) and Paige Pedigo (Chicago Ridge, Ill./Queen of Peace) named to the all-tournament team.

On Friday, SXU dropped its first match to Concordia University (Neb.) in four games 23-30, 30-28, 22-30, 19-30, and then fell to No. 9 ranked Dordt College (Iowa) in three games 18-30, 21-30, 12-30. In Saturday action, the Cougars came out strong defeating Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) in three games 33-31, 31-29, 30-20 and later beat Friends University (Kan.) in three 30-17, 30-28, 30-24.

In Friday's loss to Concordia, sophomore Tara Breshock (Lansing, Ill./TF-South) paced the Saint Xavier offense with nine kills, while senior Carrie Mockovak (Burbank, Ill./Queen of Peace) finished with seven. Sophomore setter Traci Looby (Orland Hills, Andrew) also had a nice outing with 23 assists and 15 digs for the Cougars.

Against No. 9 Dordt, Buchmeier led the SXU attack with seven kills, while senior Amy Stephens (Bowen, Ill./Camp Point Central) played tough defense with eight digs. Looby helped set up the offense with a team-high 17 assists.

In Saturday's win over Dakota Wesleyan, Buchmeier had a good all-around match leading Saint Xavier with 11 kills and 16 digs. Pedigo tallied 15 digs for the Cougars, while sophomore Kate Eckhoff (Grant Park, Ill./Grant Park) recorded eight kills. Looby finished the match with 30 assists.

The final match against Friends (Kan.) saw Buchmeier again lead SXU with 11 kills and 14 digs, while freshman Laura Gullickson (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bishop McNamara) picked up 10 kills. Stephens collected a team-high 26 assists in the game with Eckhoff and Mockovak recording six blocks apiece to pace the Cougar defense.

Saint Xavier (7-10 overall/2-0 CCAC) will return to its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) slate on Tuesday, September 20, with a 7:30 p.m. home match against Trinity International University (Ill.) at the Shannon Center.