Perrysburg, Ohio – Senior outside hitter Justin Cousin (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) and sophomore middle blocker Sam Kull (Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South) were key offensively as the Saint Xavier University men's volleyball team won a match and lost a match at the 2014 NAIA Great Lakes Conference Tournament Friday at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. The No. 4 seeded Cougars won their quarterfinals match against No. 5 seed Siena Heights University (Mich.) in four sets (25-23, 26-28, 25-20 and 25-20) Friday morning, but ended their season with a three-set loss to No. 1 seed Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in the afternoon semifinals match by scores of 25-21, 25-20 and 25-18. Prior to the tournament, Kull was named to the 2014 NAIA Greats Lakes Conference all-conference first team for his play this season. SXU finishes the season with a 6-15 overall record.
Cousin led the way in the quarterfinals match totaling 17 kills to go along with two aces and a pair of blocks (one solo). Kull also tallied double digits in kills with 10 and was tough defensively at the net as well racking up six total blocks (four solos). Freshman Sean Barry (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) was also tough offensively with 13 kills for SXU, while freshman setter Moises Lopez (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) posted 40 assists as well as seven digs and three blocks (two solos). The Cougars finished the match with 52 kills and 21 attacking errors for a solid team attack percentage of .267.
Cousin and Kull were tough again in the late match against Cardinal Stritch, but the Wolves proved to be too strong. Cousin paced Saint Xavier again in kills with 12, while Kull posted 10 kills and two blocks (one solo). Senior middle blocker J.T. O'Connell (Evergreen Park, Ill./Brother Rice) finished with five kills and two block assists for the Cougars in the season finale, while Lopez tallied 29 assists. Barry had six kills and seven digs in the match.
In addition to the all-conference award for Kull, freshman outside hitter Anthony Huang (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) was named to the 2014 Great Lakes Conference All-Academic Team when the honors were announced by the league prior to the tournament's first match Friday. Following the tournament, Cousin was also one of just six players named to the 2014 Great Lakes Conference All-Tournament Team.