Volleyball team sweeps tournament in Florida

Team starts season 3-0 during weekend's sports events, while soccer teams also in action | September 1, 2003

The Xavier volleyball team kicked off its season with a bang, winning its first three matches and sweeping the Hampton Inn/Jacksonville University Invitational tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Freshman Marisa Main was named the invitational's most valuable player, while senior Kimberly Cockerel and sophomore Kate Duchek also earned All-Invitational honors.

The team started the season with a 3-0 win over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday night. It then beat host Jacksonville University 3-1 on Saturday afternoon and Birmingham Southern University 3-0 Saturday evening for the title.

The team hosts the Mike Castrucci Automotive Xavier Invitational on Fri., Sept. 5, and Sat., Sept. 6, at the Cintas Center. On Friday, the team takes on Appalachian State at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Musketeers host Stetson at 1:30 p.m. and Central Michigan at 7:30 p.m.

Also over the weekend, the women's soccer team began its season with a win, knocking off host Miami University 3-1 on Friday night in Oxford, Ohio.

Freshman Amber Silvis scored her first collegiate goal just 4:09 into the game. Junior Lauren Giesting scored Xavier’s second goal 34:26 into the match, while senior Lindsay Yonadi sealed the game by scoring on a free kick from 30 yards. The team continues its season tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 2, against the University of Cincinnati at 7:00 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to be played on Monday, Sept. 1, but was postponed because of heavy rain.

The men's soccer team played twice this weekend, suffering two 1-0 losses against Michigan State University and the University of Michigan in a tournament in East Lansing, Mich. Sophomore goalkeeper Ty Helmle, who was starting his first collegiate game, held the Michigan State Spartans in check in the first game until the 87th minute. With less than four minutes left in the game, though, the Spartans scored and then held on to win, 1-0.

Helmle held the Michigan Wolverines in check until the 65th minute in the second game of the season, but couldn't stop the bombardment of shots the Wolverines sent at him. Michigan outshot Xavier 18-10 in the game.

The team tries for its first win of the season on Friday, Sept. 5, at Western Kentucky University.