Friday, October 28, 2016

Career highs for Ducros, but Gold Nuggets lose in 3

MOBILE, Alabama — Xavier University of Louisiana, in its final non-conference volleyball match of the regular season, lost 25-22, 25-19, 25-23 Monday at Spring Hill.

Taylor Ducros had eight kills and hit .350, both career highs, for the Gold Nuggets (13-15). Juliana Tomasoni had 10 kills and 12 digs, Tiffany Phillips had 34 assists and 10 digs, Hasani Salaam had seven kills and five blocks, and Amanda Perry had two aces and 15 digs.

Tomasoni and Phillips have 12 double-doubles apiece this season.

Madison Seuzeneau had 12 kills and hit .310 for the Badgers (26-5), who extended their two-year home winning streak to 13. Sarah Senft had 11 kills, Peyton Gidney had 10 kills, Cassidi Sterrett had 18 digs, and Savannah Becnel had six kills, three aces and four blocks.

XULA led 22-21 in the first set before Spring Hill scored the final four points, two on Seuzeneau kills. The Badgers took a two-set lead after pulling away from a tie at 13, and they rallied from an 18-13 deficit in the final set.

Spring Hill outhit XULA .229 to .130 and had advantages of 46-38 in kills, 4-2 in aces, 69-68 in digs and 7-5 in blocks.

It was a matchup of league leaders. XULA has clinched the regular-season championship of the NAIA's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, and Spring Hill is 17-0 in NCAA Division II's Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. XULA is 0-19 all-time against Spring Hill with two losses this season.

XULA will conclude its regular season with GCAC matches at 1 p.m. Saturday at Talladega and 7 p.m. next Monday at home against Tougaloo in the Convocation Center. The Gold Nuggets will play at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 in the semifinals of the GCAC Tournament in New Orleans (Dillard's Dent Hall) after a first-round bye.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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