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Viterbo spreads wealth in NAIA tourney opening win

Viterbo spreads wealth in NAIA tourney opening win

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa  Three on the Viterbo University volleyball team finished with double-digit kills in taking the first game of the NAIA tournament.

Lydia Xu had 16 kills and Aubrey Aspen added 14 as the No. 7-ranked V-Hawks defeated Saint Xavier 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 25-19) Tuesday at the Tyson Event Center in the opening round of pool play.

Viterbo’s Katie Frohmader, Chloe Jakscht, and Aubrey Aspen celebrate a point during Tuesday’s match with St. Xavier in first round of the NAIA tournament at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa. PHOTOS: Nate Beier, GX3Media

Chloe Jakscht had 24 assists, Lauryn Sobasky added 16 assists, eight digs and two aces and Katie Frohmader added 11 digs and five aces for the V-Hawks (30-6), who play at 2 p.m. Wednesday against 24th-ranked Jamestown (22-8) in the second round of pool play.

Viterbo needs to finish in the top two of its four-team pool to move onto the Sweet 16 in the NAIA tournament. The V-Hawks have been to the Final Four each of the past three seasons. At 4 p.m. Thursday, Viterbo plays 10th-ranked Southern Oregon (26-3) to wrap up pool play.

Also in double digits Tuesday for Viterbo was Rachel Frankowski with 13 digs and Maya Roberts with 11 kills.

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