Coach Kris Dorn
's Clarke University men's volleyball team opened its 2012 campaign at home Friday with a 3-1 Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference victory over St. Xavier University.
Clarke, ranked seventh in this year's NAIA Top 10 preseason poll, won 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19.
hit .364 and had 12 kills, six digs and 3 blocks for the Crusaders, while Tyler Wills
added 11 kills and nine digs. Wills finished with a match-high 14.5 points, while Gabehart had 13.5 points.
Aaron Porter led St. Xavier (0-1, 0-1 MAMVIC) with 12 kills, eight digs and three blocks.
Clarke will return to action on Jan. 21 when the Crusaders travel to Milwaukee, Wis., to face Cardinal Stricth University in MAMVIC play.