December 10, 2013
Men’s Soccer Lands Two On NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Team
All-Region Teams Announced On Tuesday Morning
CINCINNATI – Already holding 2013 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors and a second team All-BIG EAST selection, respectively, seniors Nick Hagglund (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) and Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) added another distinction to their impressive resumes on Tuesday, earning NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region honors.
Hagglund, who was also named first team All-BIG EAST and to the College Sports Madness All-BIG EAST first team, earned second team All-Great Lakes honors. Hagglund, part of the XU defense that allowed only eight goals in nine league contests, is the only Xavier player in program history to earn a league defensive player of the year award. The Cincinnati native was named to the 2012 NSCAA Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's All-America Second Team and was a NSCAA All-Region First Team selection as a sophomore.
The honors add to the list of awards Hagglund has already racked up this season. He was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com Preseason All-American first team, named one of the top 10 defenders in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com, earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI second team, was named No. 17 on Top Drawer Soccer's Men's National Top 100 Upperclassmen list, selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team and College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference first team and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
In his four seasons on the pitch for the Musketeers, Hagglund was a fixture for Xavier. He amassed 81 starts, over 7,200 minutes played, four goals and 11 assists. The Blue & White recorded 31 shutouts with Hagglund as a member of the backline.
Matt Walker's first career NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Region (third team) award came on the heels of a team-high nine goals, seven assists and 25 points. The midfielder from Batavia, Ohio, who was a 2013 second team All-BIG EAST selection and earned a spot on the College Sports Madness All-BIG EAST first team, scored 18 goals and registered 16 assists in the last two seasons. Walker, a BIG EAST Player of the Week honoree on Sept. 16, finished second in points (14) and goals (6) and tied for ninth in assists (2) in the league during conference play.
Through games played on Dec. 8, Walker ranked 32nd in the nation and 3rd in the BIG EAST in assists per game (0.41), while also ranking 18th nationally and No. 1 in the conference in points per game (1.47).
On the field, the Blue and White finished the 2013 season with a record of 10-7-2, including a 6-3-0 mark in BIG EAST play, and earned the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. The 10 victories in the 2013 season gave the XU men's soccer program its fourth consecutive 10+ win season.
NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region Teams
Andrew Wolverton, Penn State
Alec "AJ" Cochran, Wisconsin
Kevin Cope, Michigan State
Bryan Gallego, Akron
Tyler Arnone, Michigan
Laurie Bell, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Aodhan Quinn, Akron
Tomislav Zadro, Wisconsin
Reinaldo Brenes, Akron
Joey Calistri, Northwestern
C. Nortey, Marquette
Tyler Miller, Northwestern
Nick Hagglund, Xavier
Axel Sjoberg, Marquette
Eric Miller, Creighton
Andrew Stone, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jay Chapman, Michigan State
Bob Novak, UIC
Chris Ritter, Northwestern
Andrew Bevin, West Virginia
David Goldsmith, Butler
Sam Krenzien, Wisconsin-Green Bay
Charlie Lyon, Marquette
Joshua Beard, UIC
Jacob Bushue, Indiana
Nikko Boxall, Northwestern
Zach Barnes, Creighton
Zach Steinberger, Butler
Eric Stevenson, Akron
Matt Walker, Xavier
Slobodan Aleksov, UIC
Nick Janus, Wisconsin
Tim Kreutz, Michigan State
Jesus Torres, UIC
December 10, 2013
AVCA All-Region Honors Served Up For Three XU Volleyball Players
Musketeers Get Three First Team Nods, Bessler Named Rookie Of The Year
CINCINNATI – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) placed Alex Smith, Aubree Smith and Abbey Bessler on the All-Region First Team and Bessler earned All-Region Rookie of the Year. The trio of Musketeers was previously named to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
Alex Smith (St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu), a senior, closed her career holding Xavier’s all-time hitting percentage mark and matches played record. Smith’s career hitting percentage of .356 is nearly 20 points above XU’s previous record. She has also played in 140 matches, more than any player in program history. Her .414 hitting percentage this season ranks 14th in the country and set Xavier’s single-season mark.
Aubree Smith (St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu) continues to move up Xavier’s career charts as well. The junior divvied out 1,311 assists this season and has now dished out 3,665 assists, ranking fifth all-time. A three-year starter at setter, Aubree set career-highs in assists (1,311), kills (188), digs (340) and hitting percentage (.324).
Thanks to a tremendous freshman campaign, Bessler (Hebron, Ky./St. Henry) was selected to the first team and earned Rookie of the Year honors following a sensational campaign. She averaged 3.75 kills and 4.33 points per set, totals that rank 60th and 66th in the nation, respectively. Bessler closed the season with 454 kills and 380 digs.
This is the first time in program history in which Xavier placed three players on the all-region first team. In 2001, Sara Bachus and Molly Martin earned the distinction.
The three players join a short list of Musketeers to have earned AVCA All-Region First Team status. Sara Bachus (2000, 2001) and Stephanie Vorherr (2010, 2012) won the award twice, while Sarah Brown (2011), Molly Martin (2001) and Jill Quayle (2007) each won it once.
First Name Last Name School Position Year
Abbey Bessler Xavier University OH Fr.
Kelli Browning** Creighton University MB Jr.
Romana Kriskova VCU OH So.
Kristyna Lindovska American University OH Jr.
Ashley Neff*** Florida State University MB Sr.
Michelle Sicner Creighton University S Jr.
Mo Simmons Clemson University OH Sr.
Natalia Skiba Northeastern University L Jr.
Alex Smith Xavier University MB Sr.
Aubree Smith Xavier University S Jr.
Erica Stahl Butler University MB Jr.
Vendula Strakova Hampton University RS Jr.
Elise Walch Florida State University RS Sr.
Nicole Walch Florida State University OH So.
Freshman of the Year: Abbey Bessler, Xavier, OH
Coach of the Year: Barry Goldberg, American
First Name Last Name School Position Year
Leah McNary Creighton University OH Jr.
Morgan Peterson Butler University S Sr.
Silvi Uattara Syracuse University OH So.
Lauren Smith Creighton University MB Fr.
Kendall Polan Yale University S Sr.
Belle Obert Butler University OH Jr.
December 9, 2013
Crittendon Earns College Sports Madness BIG EAST Player of the Week Honors
Sophomore Averaged A Double-Double Last Week
CINCINNATI – Sophomore Jenna Crittendon (Union, Ky./Ryle HS) helped lead the Musketeers to a 2-0 record last week and for her performances, she claimed her first career College Sports Madness BIG EAST Player of the Week honor on Monday morning (Dec. 9).
Crittendon, who ranks in the top-20 in scoring in the conference, earned CSM BIG EAST Player of the Week accolades after averaging 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the Blue and White’s two contests last week. The sophomore also shot 40 percent (12-of-30) from the field and knocked down four triples.
In XU’s 70-66 win over Murray State (Dec. 4), Crittendon recorded 12 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds and four assists. She followed that performance with her first career double-double (21 points, 13 rebounds) in Xavier’s 72-59 victory over Austin Peay (Dec. 7). She shot 7-of-15 from the field and 3-of-7 from long distance in the win over the Lady Govs.
The Musketeers (5-4), who have won back-to-back games, will be back in action on Sunday, December 15 against Wright State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Nutter Center in Dayton.
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: (Click Here For Full List)
Jenna Crittendon, Xavier (So. – G)
- 1st Career College Sports Madness BIG EAST Player of the Week award
- Averaged 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in Xavier’s two wins
- Recorded her first career double-double (21 points, 13 rebounds) vs. Austin Peay (Dec. 7).
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December 8, 2013
Five Musketeers Competed In AT&T Winter Nationals
Chad Thompson Posts A Top-40 Performance In 200 IM.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The five members of Xavier’s men’s and women’s swimming teams that qualified for the AT&T Winter Nationals represented the program quite well throughout the three-day event. Senior Chad Thompson led the way in the individual events and then paced three relay teams that all finished in the top 15.
Thompson competed in two individual events, the 200 back and 200 IM. He clocked a time of 1:52.42 in the IM, which was good for a 39th-place showing. He followed with a time of 1:51.74 in the 200 back, placing 45th.
A year after finishing 64th in the 100 back, Carolyn Stewart improved nine spots to finish 55th this season. The junior posted a time of 56.35 in the event.
In the first national event of his collegiate career, sophomore Luke Johanns notched a time of 20.73 in the 50 free to finish 51st.
Thompson and Johanns teamed with Armando Moss and Rodrigo Suriano to swim in the 200, 400 and 800 free relays. The four men placed 12th overall with a time of 1:21.75 in the 200. Then, they grabbed a 10th-place finish in the 800 free relay. Xavier closed the event in the 400 free relay, finishing 15th with a time of 3:04.51.
The swim team has a lengthy layoff for finals and the holiday season, with the next meet scheduled for Jan. 10 against IUPUI.
December 7, 2013
Wanninger’s Career Night Leads Xavier WBB To A 72-59 Win Over Austin Peay
Senior Guard Finished With 25 Points
CINCINNATI – Senior Ashley Wanninger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) scored a career-high 25 points as the Xavier women’s basketball team defeated Austin Peay, 72-59, in non-conference action Saturday night at Cintas Center.
With the win the XU improves to 5-4, while the Lady Govs fall to 3-5.
The Musketeers, who entered the contest ranked fourth in the conference in three-point field goals per game (6.8), knocked down 10-of-27 shots from behind the arc, highlighted by five from the sharp-shooting Wanninger.
Wanninger added three rebounds and one assist to go with her career-high 25 points. The senior shot 8-of-14 from the field and 5-of-8 from long distance. Sophomore Jenna Crittendon (Union, Ky./Ryle HS) registered her first career double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Shatyra Hawkes (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) added 13 points and a game-high six assists, while sophomore Aliyah Zantt (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg HS) chipped in with five points and seven boards.
The Musketeers jumped out to an early 8-0 lead behind the scoring of Wanninger and Crittendon. Trailing 28-17 at the 6:46 mark, Austin Peay used a 13-0 to close the half and took a 30-29 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
XU quickly bounced back at the start of the second half, employing a 27-5 spurt over the first 7:05 of the period to take a commanding 55-35 lead. The Musketeers never looked back and used some hot shooting from the field (16-of-32; 50 percent) in the second half to cruise to the 72-59 victory.
The Blue and White return to the court Dec. 15 against Wright State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Nutter Center in Dayton.
December 4, 2013
Balanced Scoring Leads Xavier WBB To A 70-66 Win Over Murray State
Four Musketeers Scored In Double Figures In The Victory
CINCINNATI – The Xavier women’s basketball team defeated the Murray State Racers, 70-66, Wednesday night at Cintas Center. With the win, XU improves to 4-4 on the season, while the Racers fall to 5-3 overall. Four Musketeers scored in double figures in the victory.
Freshman Leah Schaefer (Alexandria, Ky./Highlands HS) led XU in scoring with 13 points, a new career high. She also had three assists and a team-high-tying eight rebounds.
Sophomore Jenna Crittendon (Union, Ky./Ryle HS) scored 12 points to go along with her eight rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore Aliyah Zantt (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg HS) and senior Ashley Wanninger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) added 10 points each for the Muskeeters. Six of Wanninger’s points came from behind the arc. She also brought down six rebounds. Zantt was also successful from three-point territory, making two. She also contributed with six rebounds.
Other contributors for the Musketeers included senior Shatyra Hawkes (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy), sophomore Briana Glover (Mason, Ohio/Mason) and freshman Madison Blackwell (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln HS). Hawkes had nine points, five rebounds and tied for the team-lead in assists with four. Glover had nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Blackwell scored all of her six points in the paint.
After grabbing her own rebound and being fouled, Schaefer hit two foul shots to score the first points of the game. The game went back and forth, as the teams exchanged leads 17 times during the first half. Xavier’s three-point shooting started off strong, as Crittendon, Glover, and Schaefer combined to hit three straight to give the Musketeers a 13-10 lead. The teams continued to trade baskets until Xavier went on a 4-1 run to end the first half. Murray State took 32-31 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Musketeers started the second half with some fast baskets. Wanninger hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Xavier a quick 37-32 lead. After Murray State responded to take a one-point lead, Xavier went on a 7-0 run, helped out by a Hawkes three-pointer and a Blackwell steal and subsequent layup for a 44-38 lead with 16:13 remaining.
Murray State would not go away, as they continued to battle to get baskets. They were able to take a 53-52 lead after two foul shots with 10:51 to play. Xavier went ahead 59-56 after a huge Glover block which led to Crittendon going coast-to-coast for an and-one play with 5 minutes remaining. After that, XU did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game and finished with the 70-66 victory.
As a team, Xavier shot 36.8 percent (25-of-68) from the field and 25.8 percent (8-of-31) from beyond the arc. XU had 15 assists on their 25 made shots. Murray State knocked down 24-of-62 shots (38.7 percent) from the floor, but also made 4-of-19 (21.1 percent) from three-point territory. The Musketeers outscored the Racers, 28-26 in the paint, and also outrebounded them 45-41. 11 of those 45 rebounds came on the offensive end.
The Blue and White are back in action on Saturday, December 7 when they take on Austin Peay (3-4) at Cintas Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
December 4, 2013
Five Xavier Swimmers To Compete In Winter Nationals
Stewart, Thompson Will Swim In The Event For The Second Time In As Many Years.
CINCINNATI – Xavier swimming will be well represented at the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships from Dec. 5-7. Carolyn Stewart, Luke Johanns, Chad Thompson, Rodrigro Suriano and Armando Moss will compete in the prestigious event.
This marks the second-straight season in which Stewart and Thompson will swim in the event. Johanns, Suriano and Moss are making their first appearance at the meet.
Stewart will compete in the 100 back, an event in which she placed 64th last season. Thompson and Johanns are also competing in individual events. Thompson is swimming in the 200 IM and 200 back. The senior finished 60th in the 200 IM and 51st in the 200 back last year. Johanns will take to the blocks in the 50 free. The two men will also team with Suriano and Moss in the 200, 400 and 800 free relays.
The AT&T Winter Nationals features not only the best swimmers in America, but several Olympians as well. Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin are participating on the women’s side and Nathan Adrian and Matt Grevers on the men’s.
The University of Tennessee is hosting the event at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Competition will start with preliminaries at 9 a.m. (ET) and finals at 5 p.m. (ET).
November 30, 2013
Xavier WBB Falls To Central Michigan, 88-62, In Final Game At The Paradise Jam
Musketeers Go 1-2 In The Tournament
ST. THOMAS, USVI – Freshman Kayla Davis (Brampton, Ontario/St. Marguerite d'Youville) scored a career-high 13 points as the Xavier women’s basketball team fell to Central Michigan, 88-62, in the final game of the 2013 Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands.
With the loss, XU falls to 3-4 overall, while the Chippewas improve to 2-4 on the season.
The Musketeers, who entered the contest ranked third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals made per game (7.6) this season, knocked down 4-of-22 shots from behind the arc, while CMU made 18-of-32 from long distance.
Davis added two boards and a steal and scored her career-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor in just 14 minutes of playing time. Seniors Shatyra Hawkes (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) and Ashley Wanninger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) added 12 points each, while sophomore Jenna Crittendon (Union, Ky./Ryle HS) chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.
Hawkes knocked down a jumper for the first points of the game just 25 seconds into the half. CMU then used an 11-0 run to grab an 11-2 advantage with 17:33 left in the opening period. XU pulled within three points (14-11; 14:07) after back-to-back triples from Wanninger.
Central Michigan went on to outscore the Musketeers 32-21 over the final 14 minutes of the opening half and took a 46-32 lead into the locker room at the intermission. The Chippewas knocked down six of their 10 first half three pointers during the 32-21 run.
CMU opened the second half with a 15-6 run to go in front 61-38 with 13:58 remaining in regulation. The Blue and White fought back by employing a 14-6 run, highlighted by six points from sophomore Aliyah Zantt (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg HS), to trim their deficit to 15 points (67-52) at the 7:30 mark.
The Chippewas went on to outscore the Musketeers 21-10 over the final 7:17 of the period and picked up the 88-62 victory
The Blue and White are back in action on Wednesday, December 4 when they host Murray State at Cintas Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
November 29, 2013
Xavier Volleyball Drops BIG EAST Semifinal Match To Creighton
Metzger Was Named To The All-Tournament Team With A Match-High 27 Digs.
OMAHA, Neb. – In its inaugural BIG EAST Conference tournament, the Xavier volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision (25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17) to host Creighton in the semifinals. The loss drops Xavier to 21-11 on the season, while Creighton improves to 22-7 and moves on to face Marquette in the finals Saturday evening.
Lauren Metzger was all over the defensive side of the ball for Xavier. The libero picked up a match-high 27 digs, an average of 6.8 d/s. Metzger’s efforts led to being named to the All-Tournament Team.
“It was a tough way to go,” said head coach Mike Johnson. “I think Creighton has had a very good team this year. I thought they played very well.”
“I just don’t think we played as well as we were capable of in the first two sets,” continued Johnson. “But, what I am most of our kids for is being in that position, down 0-2, where it would have been easy to throw in the towel, we fought. In the fourth game we came out and battled and fought again. I feel like we were fighting until the very last point. As a coach, you just can’t ask for more than that from your kids.”
Game one featured runs from both teams. Creighton grabbed an early 10-4 lead with a 4-0 run, only to have Xavier respond with five unanswered. The Bluejays then employed an 8-3 spurt to push ahead, 18-13. XU countered with a 6-2 run, but CU scored the next three to take command and pull out a 25-20 win.
The two teams traded points through the early moments of the second, but Creighton put together a 5-1 run to grab an 11-7 lead. A kill from Sarah Brown momentarily stemmed the tide, but the Bluejays scored the next five points to take firm command of the set. Xavier went into intermission down, 2-0, after falling 25-19 in the frame.
Xavier regrouped during the break and jumped out to a 6-2 advantage before weathering a rally from Creighton. The Musketeers and Bluejays were all-square at 17 when Xavier won four of the next five points, a stretch that was capped with a solo block from Alex Smith. Smith later closed the frame, 25-22, with a kill.
Creighton used a 4-1 run midway through the fourth set to take a 15-11 lead headed into the media timeout. The margin was all the Bluejays would need, as they marched on to a 25-17 victory.
Abbey Bessler led the Musketeers offensively, knocking out a match-high tying 13 kills. Makayla Agin added nine, while both Smith and Brown chipped in eight. Aubree Smith tallied 39 assists and 14 digs.
The 21-win season was XU’s fifth-consecutive season with at least 20 wins, which includes all four seasons under Johnson’s guidance. Four Musketeers, Alex Smith, Aubree Smith, Bessler and Alex Blair earned spots on the All-BIG EAST Conference teams for their efforts this season.
November 29, 2013
‘Big 3’ Lead Xavier WBB To Huge Win Over Kansas At The Paradise Jam
ST. THOMAS, USVI – Xavier women’s basketball’s version of the ‘Big 3’, seniors Shatyra Hawkes (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) and Ashley Wanninger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) and sophomore Jenna Crittendon (Union, Ky./Ryle HS), combined for 45 points and 11 rebounds as the Musketeers knocked off Big XII foe Kansas, 64-59, Friday afternoon on day two of the 2013 Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands.
With the win, XU improves to 3-3 overall, while the Jayhawks fall to 4-2 on the season. The win also improves the Blue and White’s all-time record vs. the Big XII (5-3) and Kansas (3-1).
The Musketeers, who entered the contest ranked third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals made per game (7.6) this season, knocked down 4-of-10 shots from behind the arc.
Hawkes tallied four boards, four assists and four steals and scored her game-high 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor in 34 minutes of action. Crittendon registered 15 points and six rebounds. Wanninger finished with 13 points in 36 minutes. Sophomore Briana Glover (Mason, Ohio/Mason) chipped in with seven points and three boards, while freshman Leah Schaefer (Alexandria, Ky./Highlands HS) totaled three points to go with a career-high 12 boards, one assist, one block and a steal.
Crittendon scored the first points of the game just 11 seconds into the half and a layup from Glover put XU ahead 4-2. Kansas responded with a 10-2 run to grab a 12-6 advantage. A lefty layup from freshman Maddison Blackwell (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln HS) at the 9:15 mark (12-8) stopped the KU run and ended a Xavier drought of nearly 10 minutes without a field goal.
An 8-2 run, that included Blackwell’s layup and was capped by a pair of Wanninger free throws, tied the game at 14-14 with six minutes left in the opening period. The Jayhawks used a 10-3 spurt to jump back in front at 24-17 (2:23), but a triple from Wanninger at the 1:45 mark stopped the KU run and brought the Blue and White within four points (24-20).
After a jumper from Asia Boyd gave Kansas a 26-20 lead (1:14), the Musketeers used a 6-0 run, highlighted by a triple from Hawkes at the halftime buzzer, to tie the contest at 26-26 heading into the locker room at the break.
Kansas opened the second half with a 17-7 run over the first 6:41 minutes of the period to grab their largest lead of the game (10 points) at 43-33 (13:19). The Musketeers didn’t fold and responded in a big way, employing a 23-7 run, highlighted by seven points from Hawkes and Wanninger, to take a 56-50 lead with 4:18 left in regulation.
The Jayhawks then used a 9-2 spurt to take a one-point advantage (59-58) with just 1:04 left in regulation. Off a baseline inbounds play, Hawkes found a wide-open Glover for a layup to put XU in front 60-59 with 33 seconds left on the clock. Following a Kansas timeout, the Jayhawks fired a three-pointer but missed and Glover cleaned up the board and was fouled. Glover made a pair of free throws to increase the Xavier lead to 62-59 with 12 seconds remaining.
Natalie Knight forced up a triple try and this time Crittendon came down with the rebound and was fouled. Crittendon stepped up to the charity stripe and drained a pair of freebies and the Musketeers went on to win by the final score of 64-59.
As a team, Xavier shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from the field in the second half compared to a 28.6 percent (8-of-28) mark in the first half. KU knocked down 26-of-56 shots (46.4 percent) from the floor on the afternoon. The Jayhawks outscored the Musketeers, 34-30, in the paint, but were outrebounded by XU, 36-29, and were forced into 20 turnovers.