Davenport, Iowa – Senior middle blocker J.T. O'Connell (Evergreen Park, Ill./Brother Rice) had a productive night of six kills and eight total blocks (three solos), but it was not enough to lift the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team to a victory over No. 6 ranked Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) Thursday at Lee Lohman Arena in Davenport, Iowa. The Cougars (0-3 overall) dropped the non-conference match in the first three sets by scores of 25-13, 27-25 and 25-23. SXU was tough defensively at the net recording 19 total blocks as a team with five solo stops.
Sophomore middle blocker Sam Kull (Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South) tallied six kills as well for Saint Xavier, while senior setter Jacob Siska (Hometown, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) posted 19 assists, three block assists and an ace. Red-shirt freshman Matthew Mead (Palos Park, Ill./Marist) had five kills, three digs and two block assists for the Cougars. The Fighting Bees were led offensively by senior outside hitter George Langheld with a match-best 11 kills. Thursday's match was the season opener for Saint Ambrose.
Saint Xavier (0-3 overall) opens up Great Lakes Conference play on Tuesday, January 21, with a road match against Robert Morris University (Ill.). The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the RMU Athletic and Convocation Center in Arlington Heights, Ill.