Senior J.T. O'Connell led Saint Xavier with 12 kills and six total blocks Saturday against Lourdes
Senior J.T. O'Connell led Saint Xavier with 12 kills and six total blocks Saturday against Lourdes
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Lourdes University
Men's Volleyball - Sat, Mar. 8, 2014

CHICAGO – Despite 12 kills and six total blocks (one solo) by senior middle blocker J.T. O'Connell (Evergreen Park, Ill./Brother Rice), the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team lost a hard-fought NAIA Great Lakes Division battle with No. 10 ranked Lourdes University (Ohio) Saturday afternoon on Bob Hallberg Court at the Shannon Center in Chicago.  The Cougars (3-12 overall/3-4 GLD) lost the opening set, 25-21, but bounced back with a 25-19 win in the second set.  However, the Gray Wolves took the third set, 25-18, and then took the match with a 25-21 victory in the fourth set after rallying back from an early 14-6 deficit.  SXU's offense struggled late in the match totaling just four kills to five attacking errors in the final set.

Sophomore middle blocker Sam Kull (Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South) also posted double digits in the kills category with 10, while also recording two service aces and three block assists.  Freshman setter Moises Lopez (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) led the Cougars with 38 assists, while freshman outside hitter Sean Barry (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) had a solid all-around match for SXU with eight kills and team-bests of four aces and nine digs.  Lourdes was led by junior outside hitter Jo'Lon Clark with 15 kills and two aces.  The Gray Wolves improve to 11-4 overall this season and 6-2 in the Great Lakes Division with Saturday's win.

Saint Xavier (3-12 overall/3-4 GLD) continues its home stand with a match against Great Lakes Division foe Cincinnati Christian University (Ohio) on Tuesday, March 11.  The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and, prior to the start; the parents of the players on the Cougars squad as well as the senior class will be recognized in honor of "Senior & Parents Night."