Ken’s Sports Report 3/27

March 27th, 2017

Men’s Volleyball

Tue, March 21

On this day, the Cougars hosted a game against conference rival Cardinal Stretch University. This was a big game for the Cougars, because Cardinal Stretch is at the top of the conference with a record of 21-7. So, if the 6-13 Cougars were to knock off the top dogs, then that would be their first step towards reestablishing themselves as winners. Unfortunately, this was not the case as Cardinal Stretch got a dominant 3-0 game win. CSU established themselves early by taking the first set 25-13. There would be no stopping them from here as they bulldozed SXU through the second set (25-22) and the third (25-15).

As usual, senior Sean Barry put in work with 8 kills. This outstanding performance cemented Barry’s name in SXU history as he became the career leader in kills for the men’s volleyball team. Barry has totaled 818 career kills, beating out the former record of 815 established by Aaron Porter.

With a disappointing 2-6 record in CCAC tournament play, the Cougars have a chance to add another win to the mark as the host Trinity Christian College this upcoming Tuesday. With it being Senior Night, will the Cougars reward the seniors with a win, or will Trinity seek to ruin a good night. Stay tuned to the Xavierite to find out

Softball

It was an extremely busy week for the SXU softball team last week. The team played in back-to-back double-headers. These were no cakewalks either, as the teams they played against proved to be some serious competition.

Thu, March 24

The women started out their week by competing against Lewis University, a NCCA Division II team who were sure to give the Cougars some trouble. The first game was nothing but that, trouble, for Lewis that is. At the beginning of the 4th inning, the Cougars led Lewis 11 runs to 1. But soon enough, trouble started to creep up on the Cougars as Lewis University were able to tie the game at 11-11 by the end of the next inning. Despite the crazy 10 straight runs they obtained, Lewis was unable to keep this hot streak, and thus unable to win the game. The Cougars took Game 1, 13-12.

Senior Callie Brown had a huge game for the Cougars as she hit 4 out of 7 balls, scored 3 runs, and had 4 RBI’s.

Game 2, saw Lewis University seeking some revenge as they went out and scored the first run. In the next inning, trouble crept right back up on Lewis as some key plays for the Cougars boosted them up 4-1. Despite the hot start SXU enjoyed, Lewis showed they never give up as they not only came back to tie the game, but would eventually go on to win this game (7-5) and tie the double-header at a game apiece.

Fri, March 25

The Cougars continued their schedule by matching up against University of St. Francis. USF would prove to be quite the challenge for SXU as not only did they take game 1, but both games. The first game was a slaughter as USF took the game 12 runs to 3. The Cougars simply couldn’t stop the offensive prowess of USF. The team was obtaining hit after hit. Not only this, but SXU was able to score themselves as they struggled to score in both games. In the second game, SXU lost the game to USF 5 sets to 1.

With the loss, SXU drops to a very humbling 10-10. I say ‘humbling’, because it’s not the same success they enjoyed this time around last time. Despite this, the Softball team is still able to win when it matters most, and it’s only a matter of time before they start to piece some things together to lead to multiple wins and overall domination of their conference. The women return to action this coming Tuesday as they host a double-header against Roosevelt University. For a recap of that game and many others keep it locked here at the Xavierite.

Kenneth Washington

Sports Editor

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