Men's Volleyball - Tue, Mar. 9, 2010
Davenport, Iowa - Even with the great play of freshmen setter Jack Malone (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice), the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team could not handle the tough competition it faced at the Fighting Bees Classic held at Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) in Davenport, Iowa, over the weekend. The Cougars (3-17 overall) dropped four straight matches over the two-day event. SXU lost all four matches in three sets losing first to Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) opponent Warner Southern University (Fla.) (26-30, 22-30, 25-30) in Friday's first match and then lost again Friday to Lindenwood University (Mo.) in three sets (17-30, 19-30, 25-30). Saint Xavier returned for two matches on Saturday, losing in three sets (21-30, 14-30, 20-30) to Park University (Mo.) and again to Warner Southern (28-30, 26-30, 28-30).

In Friday's first match against Warner Southern, freshman outside hitter Aaron Porter (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South) finished with a team-best eight kills and three service aces. Freshman libero Justin Garcia (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel) was tough defensively with eight digs, but it was not enough to stop a three-set loss. The second match Friday was a fight until the end, but the Cougars failed to gain control against Lindenwood, ultimately falling in three sets. Porter led the way with 15 kills for SXU and Malone continued with 19 assists for the Cougars. Freshman outside hitter Matt Yerkes (Palos Heights, Ill./Marist) contributed seven digs for Saint Xavier University.

SXU looked to rebound on Saturday, but Park University would not give the Cougars the chance. Malone led the way with 19 assists and Porter continued to shine offensively with eight kills. Freshman middle blocker Joe Mooney (Palos Heights, Ill./Shepard) also added seven kills, while defensively, Yerkes was solid with 12 digs of his own. Saint Xavier had one final chance to avenge a previous loss in this tournament to Warner Southern. SXU came close, but WSU held strong and won again in three sets. Malone finished with 24 assists for the Cougars and Porter tallied 10 more kills. Freshman outside hitter Joe Zahalka (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) had a great match as well with nine kills.

Saint Xavier (3-17 overall/1-5 MAMVIC) returns to Chicago and will challenge MAMVIC opponent Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Tuesday, March 16, at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.