CHICAGO – Sophomore right side Evan Muys (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) set a new school record with 23 kills in a single match, but the No. 5 seeded Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team ended its season with a hard-fought loss to No. 4 seed Lourdes University (Ohio) in first round action of the 2012 Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) East Division Tournament Friday at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars fell in five sets by scores of 25-22, 26-28, 27-25, 19-25 and 12-15. The previous mark was 22 kills set last season on March 23, 2011, by junior Aaron Porter (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South) against Robert Morris University (Ill.). Following Friday's tournament action, Porter was named to the 2012 MAMVIC East Division First Team, while Muys and sophomore outside hitter Justin Cousin (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) were named honorable mention selections.
Porter finished today's match with 12 kills, a match-best 12 digs and seven total blocks (one solo, six assists). Freshman libero Adam Sieger (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) was also tough defensively for SXU with 10 digs, while freshman middle blocker Sean Blackwood (Manhattan, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) was a force around the net finishing with seven block assists. Freshman setter Jim Boyce (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) finished with 29 assists to pace the Cougars. Junior outside hitter Nick DiMarco led Lourdes University with 21 kills and 10 digs.
Saint Xavier ends the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 7-19. The Cougars finished fifth in the final MAMVIC East Division regular season standings this season with a 4-8 mark.