Gold Nuggets hit .647 in 3rd, improve to 4-0 in GCAC

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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana hit .647 in the third set Thursday to put the finishing touches on a 25-22, 25-19, 25-12 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball victory against SUNO at The Castle.

Juliana Tomasoni had a season-high-tying 15 kills and hit .448. She had nine digs and two aces.

XULA rallied from a 17-12 first-set deficit.

The Gold Nuggets (10-1, 4-0) have a nine-match win streak, the fourth longest in school history. SUNO is 3-11, 2-3.

Vivica Price-Spraggins had eight kills and hit a season-high-tying .636 for XULA. Kayla Black had six kills and eight digs, and Adili Rikondja had five kills and a career-best four blocks. Tiffany Phillips and Eva Le Guillou had 15 assists apiece, and Anna Dalla Vecchia had 11 digs to reach double figures for the seventh consecutive match.

XULA outhit SUNO .348 to .092 for the match and had advantages of 43-26 in kills and 8-1 in aces. Le Guillou and Kaelan Temple served two aces apiece.

Alexandria Douglas had nine kills for SUNO.

XULA has won 74 of its last 76 GCAC matches. Including conference tournaments, the Gold Nuggets have won 89 of their last 91 matches against GCAC opponents.

The Gold Nuggets will travel to the University of Mobile for a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday match. XULA’s next home match will start at 6 p.m. next Thursday against Dillard.

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