CHICAGO – Junior outside hitter Aaron Porter (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South) was solid both offensively and defensively with 11 kills and 11 digs, but the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team could only take one set in a loss to No. 9 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) match was decided in four sets with the visiting Wolves taking the first two (25-21 and 26-24), the Cougars rallying to win the third (26-24) and then Stritch closing out the match in the fourth set (25-15). With the loss, SXU falls to 4-10 overall and 2-6 in the MAMVIC standings, while CSU moves to 11-8 on the year and 7-1 in league play.
Freshman setter Dan French (Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame) set things up on the offensive end with 16 assists, while sophomore right side Evan Muys (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) was tough offensively as well with 11 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Justin Cousin (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) had a solid all-around effort for SXU with seven kills, four digs and team-best three service aces. Freshman libero Adam Sieger (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) led the Cougars defensively with 12 digs on the night. The Wolves were led by sophomore hitter Mickey Flynn with a match-best 17 kills. After dropping two tight sets to open the match, SXU trailed 24-21 in the third set and posted five straight points to extend the match. Unfortunately, the Cougars could not sustain the momentum in the fourth set falling behind early and never recovering.
Saint Xavier (4-10 overall/2-6 MAMVIC) takes a break from conference play to take on the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Thursday, February 16. The road match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.