Men's Volleyball - Tue, Feb. 2, 2010
CHICAGO - Behind 12 kills and nine digs by freshman outside hitter Aaron Porter (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South), the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team dropped a tough match to St. Ambrose University (Iowa) in three sets (28-30, 16-30, 27-30) Tuesday night at the Crusader Chicago Challenge hosted by Brother Rice High School in Chicago. It was the first year of the event, which was created as a way of both celebrating the Catholic heritage of the three institutions and welcoming home the five Brother Rice graduates from both teams as well as the 15 combined players from the Southland suburbs.

Freshman setter Jack Malone (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) also had a nice outing for SXU Tuesday with 20 set assists, while freshman middle blocker Joe Mooney (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) posted two service aces and four block assists. Freshman libero Justin Garcia (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel) was solid defensively finishing with a team-best 10 digs for the Cougars.

Saint Xavier (2-7 overall/0-1 MAMVIC) heads to Hannibal, Mo., on Friday, February 5, to take part in the Hannibal-LaGrange College (Mo.) Tri-Match. The Cougars will take on host Hannibal-LaGrange at 5 p.m. and then close out the event with a 7 p.m. match against Missouri Valley College (Mo.).