Wed, Jan. 13, 2010 - [Men's Volleyball]
CHICAGO - Despite team-bests of 10 kills and eight digs by freshman outside hitter Aaron Porter (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South), the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team dropped its first ever match in three sets (30-26, 30-17, 30-22) to NCAA Division III D'Youville College (N.Y.) Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. In recognition of the historic match, SXU Athletics Director Bob Hallberg took the honorary first serve to kick off the new program's debut season. D'Youville improves to 1-0 on the year with the victory, while the Cougars fall to 0-1 overall.
Freshman setter Jack Malone (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) had a solid start to his collegiate career finishing with 25 assists and six digs for SXU, while freshman middle blocker Joe Mooney (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) posted six kills and four block assists. Freshman outside hitter Matt Yerkes (Palos Heights, Ill./Marist) also had a nice all-around outing for the Cougars finishing with five kills, five digs and two block assists. Junior outside hitter Jeremy Sajdak and freshman outside hitter Chris Temple each recorded 14 kills to lead the Spartans. In addition, Temple finished with a match-best 13 digs.
Saint Xavier (0-1 overall) continues its first season on Thursday, January 21, with another home match. The Cougars will take on NAIA foe Hannibal-LaGrange College (Mo.) in a 7 p.m. match at the Shannon Center.