Badgers Advance to Sioux City with 3-0 win over Xavier

Sat, 11/19/2011 - 6:00pm

MOBILE, Ala. – The 16th ranked Spring Hill College volleyball team  (39-1) will be moving on to the next round of the NAIA national championships following a 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-21) victory over the Xavier University (La.) on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.

The Badgers (39-1) now move into round-robin pool play rounds of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship presented by CNOS Foundation on Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2011, at the Forum in Sioux City, Iowa. The top two seeds from each of the pools will then advance to the single elimination rounds on Dec. 2-3 with the Championship Match on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.

The Badgers were paced by senior right side hitter Yiting Cao of Shanghai, China, with 16 kills, an attack percentage of .452, 12 digs, 11 receptions and two aces.

Sophomore libero Meredith Donald of Mobile’s McGill-Toolen Catholic High School recorded 16 digs and 12 receptions while sophomore setter Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., handed around 31 assists with two service aces.

For the Gold Nuggets, Taylor Reuther tallied 14 kills with 12 digs and 20 receptions. Setter Patrice Hightower gave out 27 assists.

As a team, SHC won the attack war with a .354 percentage to just .097 for the visiting Nuggets and the Badgers rang up 10 total blocks to just one for Xavier.

Xavier, the 2011 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) champions ended the year with a 23-7 record.

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