Season over for Cougars volleyball team
A first-round victory earned St. Xavier University’s men’s volleyball team a date with top-seeded Cardinal Stritch University in the Great Lakes Conference Tournament.
And that’s where the 2014 season ended for the Cougars, who absorbed a 25-21, 25-20, 25-18 loss against the Wolves last Friday night at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. SXU (6-15) had advanced on the strength of a 25-23, 26-28, 25-20, 25-20 triumph over Siena Heights (Mich.) University earlier that same day.
Senior outside hitter Justin Cousin and sophomore middle blocker Sam Kull — the latter of whom was chosen as an all-conference first-teamer prior to the tourney — were the Cougars’ mainstays. Their combined efforts against Siena Heights resulted in 27 kills and eight total blocks, five of which were solos. Cousin augmented his 17 kills and two blocks with a couple of service aces.
Other contributors for SXU included freshmen Sean Barry (13 kills) and Moises Lopez (40 assists, seven digs, three total blocks). The Cougars finished with 52 kills and 21 hitting errors, which produced a team attack percentage of .267.