Lewis Men’s Volleyball Stays On Top, Winning Four In A Row

Photo provided by Steve Woltmann: Junior Greg Petty leads Lewis’ volleyball team with 4.32 kills per set as he’s helped lead the Flyers to an impressive 13-4 record.

Nicole Kappelman, Assistant Sports Editor

With a current wining streak of four in a row, an overall record of 13-4 and a conference record of 5-2, it’s safe to say that the Lewis University men’s volleyball team is off to a hot start.

Competing against top 20 ranked teams, the men’s team has successfully upset numerous squads, even sweeping some as well.

On Feb. 15, the Flyers traveled to Columbus, Ohio to take on the then No. 14 ranked Ohio State. Winning the match three sets to one, the men’s team advanced to 9-3 overall and .500 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference play. Junior outside hitter Greg Petty led the way with 15 kills for the Flyers, while redshirt junior outside hitter Geoff Powell collected eight digs. The men’s team led the entire match in kills, with each game significantly higher than the Buckeyes.

Five days later, the Flyers made their way to Fort Wayne, Ind. to take on IPFW. In the 3-2 loss, sophomore middle hitter Bobby Walsh collected a career-high 13 kills. Redshirt senior setter B.J. Boldog had 53 assists in the match, while junior libero Lucas Yanez had seven digs.

Bouncing back from the loss, the Flyers began their winning streak, coming back home to Neil Carey Arena and taking on Ball State University on Feb. 22.

Petty paved the way again, leading the Flyers with 18 kills, two service aces and four blocks. Yanez collected eight digs, while redshirt junior middle blocker James Hoffman led the Flyers with five total blocks.

With the win against Ball State, the men’s team improved to 10-4 overall.

It was Powell who led the Flyers in yet another 3-0 sweep against the Hawks of Quincy University on Feb. 28.

Collecting 19 kills, six digs and three service aces for the Flyers, Powell helped advance the team to 11-4 overall.

Petty had 13 kills, six digs and four block assists, while Walsh collected nine kills and three block assists.  Boldog had a floor-high 39 assists and Yanez matched his season-high 12 digs in the 3-0 victory.

Still ranked 12th in the nation, the Flyers took on the Lions of Lindenwood University on March 1.

Three starting Flyers picked up double-figure kills in the 3-0 sweep over the Lions. Led by Powell, who had 18 kills with no errors, the team hit well over .500, which aided in the victory. Petty had 16 kills, while Walsh collected 10. Powell successfully swung for .643, Petty for .700 and Walsh for .625. Other notable players included Boldog, who had another season-high 44 assists and two block assists and Yanez who had eight digs.

Continuing their winning streak, the Flyers took on the No. 15 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on blackout night at Lewis’ Neil Carey Arena on March 11. Moving up to No. 11 nationally ranked overall, the Flyers once again defeated a team in three matches, making it not only their fourth consecutive win, but their fourth sweep in a row as well.

The dynamic duo of Powell and Petty led the way for the Flyers once again. Powell picked up 14 kills, while Petty had 12 kills, four digs, two service aces and two block assists. Junior opposite Eric Fitterer had nine kills, while also collecting three service aces and three total blocks.

With the win, the Flyers improve to 13-4 overall, and 5-2 in MIVA play. For complete stats and game coverage, visit lewisflyers.com.

Nicole Kappelman
Nicole Kappleman is the sports editor for the Flyer.

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