CHICAGO – Junior outside hitter Aaron Porter (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South) and sophomore outside hitter Justin Cousin (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) combined for 28 kills, but the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team fell to NCAA Division II Lindenwood University (Mo.) Friday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (7-16 overall) got off to a good start winning the first set 25-23, but failed to sustain the momentum dropping the next three 22-25, 18-25 and 14-25. The Lions used a consistent offensive attack to earn the victory hitting .300 or better in every set and finishing with an attack percentage of .388 on the match.
Cousin led the attack for SXU with 15 kills, while Porter was right behind him with 13 kills to go along with seven digs. Freshman setter Jim Boyce (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) finished the match with 23 assists for the Cougars. Freshman libero Adam Sieger (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) was tough defensively with a team-best 10 digs. Senior outside hitter Jack Mitchell paced Lindenwood University with a match-best 18 kills.
Saint Xavier (7-16 overall/4-8 MAMVIC) takes the rest of the weekend off and returns to regular season play on Wednesday, March 21, with a non-conference home match against Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.). The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center.