The Gators won handily by scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-10 to pull to within one win of the 20-victory mark at 19-3, while Red Mountain dropped to 7-16.
Xavier trailed 4-3 early in the first game, but went on a 13-point run that “set the tone,’’ according to Gators coach Lamar-Renee Bryant.
With senior outside hitter Juli Westfall out for at least a week while nursing a finger injury, senior outside hitter Katelen Tellez picked up the slack with aggressive play up front.
Bryant also pointed to Tellez’s sister, Tiffany, a sophomore outside hitter, who did most of her damage with her serves, including several aces.
“She helped us hold serve during that run in the first game,’’ Bryant said.
Senior outside hitter Bri McKnight had a productive effort with 16 kills. Senior middle blocker Jasmine Knight also did well at the offensive end with several kills in which she seemed to hang in the air forever before applying the hammer.
The Gators will be back at the Activity Center on Thursday (Sept. 26) when they face visiting Surprise Valley Vista. Start time is 6 p.m.