CHICAGO – Despite a match-best 17 kills by sophomore outside hitter Justin Cousin (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest), the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team could not come up with the victory in its regular season finale Wednesday night falling to NCAA Division III Carthage College (Wis.) at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (7-18 overall) dropped the match in three sets by scores of 15-25, 21-25 and 18-25. The Red Men were extremely efficient throughout the match with their offensive attacks totaling 43 kills to just 15 errors for an impressive attacking percentage of .337 on the night.
Freshman middle blocker Sean Blackwood (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) led Saint Xavier with three block assists, while freshman setter Dan French (Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame) finished with 23 assists. Sophomore right side Evan Muys (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and freshman libero Adam Sieger (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) were tough defensively for the Cougars with 10 and eight digs, respectively. Senior outside hitter Randy Hansen led Carthage College with 11 kills and eight digs.
Saint Xavier (7-18 overall/4-8 MAMVIC) now hosts the 2012 Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) East Division Tournament, which begins on Friday, March 30. The Cougars will take the No. 5 seed into the seven-team, single-elimination event and take on No. 4 seed Lourdes University (Ohio) in first-round action at 10 a.m. Friday at the Shannon Center.