CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Siena Heights men's volleyball team defeated Saint Xavier (Ill.), 4-1, in non-conference action to open the 2017 season, on Friday. Set scores were 25-14, 23-25, 25-17 and 25-22.
For the Cougars (1-1), Sean Barry made 17 kills and added 11 digs. Aaron Kummer finished with 36 assists and 11 digs.
Set One: Siena Heights 25, Saint Xavier 14
The match started off even between the Saints and the Cougars, at 4-5 until SHU went on a 4-0 run to go up 8-5. Two aces by DeJesus in a 6-0 run by the Saints went up, 18-11 and didn't look back.
Set Two: Saint Xavier 25, Siena Heights 23
A close set between both teams with the biggest lead belonging to the Cougars at 9-4. SHU tied it at 12-12 and at 20-20. SXU went up by two points and the Saints were unable to rally back for the win.
Set Three: Siena Heights 25, Saint Xavier 17
Another close set between SHU and the Cougars, the score tied at 6-6 until Siena Heights took a two point lead and gradually gained momentum to win it 25-18.
Set Four: Siena Heights 25, Saint Xavier 22
SHU took the early lead before the Cougars slowly climbed into the lead 11-7. Siena Heights tied it at 13-13 and again 20-20 before taking the eventual lead at 23-22 for the match win.
Next up, the Saints will play Calumet Saint Joseph (Ill.) at 1 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EST) on Saturday in a non-conference contest.