Freshman Justin Cousin had 12 kills in SXU's opening match Saturday
Freshman Justin Cousin had 12 kills in SXU's opening match Saturday
Men's Volleyball - Mon, Mar. 28, 2011

Dubuque, Iowa - Capping off a busy week that included five matches within a four-day span, the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team suffered a pair of tough losses Saturday afternoon at the Clarke University Tournament in Dubuque, Iowa. The Cougars (7-17 overall) lost their first match to Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) foe Clarke University (Iowa) in three sets by scores of 27-25, 25-21 and 25-22 at the Kehl Center in Dubuque. Later that afternoon, SXU fell in a non-conference match to Park University (Mo.) in three sets as well with scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-21.

In the opening match against the host Crusaders, freshman outside hitter Justin Cousin (Oak Park, Ill/Oak Park-River Forest) led the Saint Xavier offense with 12 kills. Defensively, freshman setter Kevin Maxwell (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) and freshman outside hitter Johnathan Hernandez (Berwyn, Ill/Morton CC/Morton HS) each finished with 16 digs. Maxwell also led the team with 32 assists. Sophomore outside hitter Aaron Porter (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South) and freshman right side hitter Evan Muys (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) also netted double-digit totals in kills posting 10 apiece.

In the next match against Park, sophomore outside hitter Matt Yerkes (Palos Heights, Ill./Marist) led the charge with five kills. The offense was set up by Porter, who tallied 19 assists in place of Maxwell, the team's starting setter. Hernandez scooped up 12 digs for the Cougars, while sophomore outside hitter Joe Zahalka (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) had a nice outing recording four kills and 12 digs.

Saint Xavier (7-17 overall/6-7 MAMVIC) wraps up its 2011 regular season slate on Wednesday, March 30, with a conference match against Saint Ambrose University (Iowa). The home match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.