Monday, September 12, 2016

XULA hits .389, scores 20 straight to sweep Philander

NEW ORLEANS — Monet Fontaine had 10 kills Monday to lead hot-hitting Xavier University of Louisiana to a 25-5, 25-22, 25-13 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball victory against Philander Smith.

The Gold Nuggets (6-10, 3-0) extended their win streak to a season-high four matches.

XULA hit a season-high .389 and scored the final 14 points of the first set and the first six points of the second set. The run included a kill and three aces from Juliana Tomasoni, three kills from Fontaine and two blocks from Terri Drake.

Fontaine, who reached double figures in kills for the third time this season, hit .476 with no errors in 21 attacks. Tomasoni and Hasani Salaam had six kills apiece, and Bria Moore had a career-best five. Kayla Jones served two aces. Amanda Perry produced 14 digs and extended to 15 her XULA-record streak of consecutive matches in double figures.

Tomasoni, Salaam and Moore combined to hit .682 in 22 attacks.

\Autumn Trimble had 10 kills and Alona Ward seven for the Lady Panthers (2-5, 0-2), and Kendal Savarino had 12 digs.
The Gold Nuggets never trailed until the final set and closed the match on a 22-5 run after trailing 8-3.

XULA limited Philander Smith to .011 hitting and had advantages of 36-22 in kills, 6-3 in aces, 43-27 in digs and 6-1 in blocks. The Gold Nuggets lead the series 10-0.

XULA will play host to Spring Hill of NCAA Division II at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Convocation Center.


Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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