|XU women's volleyball vs. Voorhees (23 photos)|
NEW ORLEANS -- Sophomore Ralitsa Hadzhistoyanova served a Convocation Center-record seven aces Monday in Xavier University of Louisiana's 25-8, 25-9, 25-7 women's volleyball victory against Voorhees.
The Gold Nuggets (9-2 overall, 6-0 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) also set Convocation Center team records with 13 aces and a .446 hitting percentage. The victory was Xavier's ninth in a row -- the second-longest winning streak in program history.
Claudia Haywood and Jodi Hill had nine kills apiece for the Gold Nuggets, CeCe Williams had eight kills, and freshmen Kaelan Temple and Jelena Vujicic had five apiece. Five players hit .500 or higher, led by Haywood with a season-high .667 in 12 attacks and Williams with a career-best .615 in 13 attacks.
Hadzhistoyanova's 22 assists were a career best. Hill served three aces.
Xavier scored the first seven points of the match and led 12-0 in the third set. The Gold Nuggets also had a 9-0 run in the first set -- Hadzhistoyanova served five aces -- and an 11-0 second-set run which included two Kayla Jones aces.
Xavier had a 43-6 advantage in kills and limited Voorhees (4-9, 0-6) to a minus-.184 hitting percentage.
The Gold Nuggets have won 49 consecutive matches against GCAC opponents, 40 in the regular season.
Xavier will visit SUNO -- the only other GCAC team which is unbeaten in conference -- at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Castle. The Gold Nuggets' next home match will start at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 against Spring Hill.