Pair of Smiths Claim Top Volleyball Weekly Honors

Xavier's Alex Smith hit .550 this weekend at Georgetown and Villanova.

Xavier's Alex Smith hit .550 this weekend at Georgetown and Villanova.

Nov. 11, 2013

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BIG EAST Player of the Week

Alex Smith, Xavier, MB, Sr.
Smith had an errorless weekend while leading Xavier to wins over Georgetown and Villanova, registering 22 kills with no errors for a .550 hitting percentage. She posted 13 kills and three blocks in a win at Georgetown and nine kills and four blocks at Villanova. The two victories clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Championship for the Musketeers. Her season hitting percentage of .408 leads the BIG EAST.

BIG EAST Rookie of the Week

Lauren Smith, Creighton, MB, Fr.
Smith averaged 2.86 blocks per set while adding 1.43 kills per set in victories at Villanova and Georgetown. She hit .429 and had seven kills and eight blocks while helping Creighton be the first team this season to win in a sweep at Villanova. Against Georgetown, she set a freshman school record with 12 blocks.

BIG EAST Honor Roll

Belle Obert, Butler, OH, Jr.
Recorded 19 kills (3.17 per set), 15 digs (2.50) and seven blocks (1.17) in victories at Villanova and Georgetown.

Ashley Jansen, Creighton, DS/S, So.
In her first two career starts, averaged 9.71 assists, 2.14 digs, 0.86 kills and 0.57 blocks per set. Had 29 assists in win at Villanova.

Autumn Bailey, Marquette, OH, Fr.
Hit .444 with 12 kills on 27 errorless swings in a sweep of Seton Hall. Had a match-high 16 kills in a sweep of St. John’s.

Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette, S, Sr.
Averaged 13.67 assists per set in sweeps of Seton Hall and St. John’s. Improved her league-leading average to 11.99 assists per set. Helped MU hit .343 against St. John’s with 42 assists.

Abbey Bessler, Xavier, OH, Fr.
Registered 33 kills and 19 digs in victories against Georgetown and Villanova to clinch a spot in the BIG EAST Championship.