Men’s Volleyball Continues Win Streak Into MIVA Tournament

Photo provided by Steve Woltmann: Geoff Powell, redshirt junior outside-hitter, leads the team in kills (322) and points (375) this season.

Nicole Kappelman, Assistant Sports Editor

The Lewis University men’s volleyball team has continued to stay on pace with a winning percentage of above .500, making them 19-6 overall and second in conference (9-3).

With just two games left in the regular season (April 11-12), the men’s team will head into the first round of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Conference tournament beginning on April 18.

The Flyers travelled to Loyola University on March 18 where they took on the Ramblers in their second meeting this season. Losing the game three matches to one, Lewis fell to 14-5 on the season. Despite the loss, the Flyers did not go down without a fight. Junior outside-hitter Greg Petty collected 17 kill and six digs, while redshirt senior setter B.J. Boldog had 33 assists. Redshirt junior outside-hitter Geoff Powell had five digs and his counterpart, junior libero Lucas Yanez, collected seven.

Bouncing back from the loss, the Flyers hosted the Fighting Saints of St. Francis University on March 21. Improving to 15-5 on the season, the Flyers defeated St. Francis 3-1. Sophomore middle-blocker Bobby Walsh, Petty and Powell all collected eight kills each on the night. Yanez and junior libero Andy Orf both collected five digs.

The following night, Lewis took on Penn State at home on Saturday March 22.  Falling to the No. 14 ranked Nittany Lions, Lewis dropped to 15-6 on the year. Powell was the key leader for the Flyer offense, with 17 kills without one error, and six digs as well. Junior opposite Eric Fitterer had 11 kills, while Boldog collected 47 assists.

Winning a tough 3-2 victory over IPFW the following week, the Flyers advanced to 16-6 on the season and 6-3 in MIVA play. The Flyers won the first and fourth sets, only to come out and come back from behind in the fifth and final set. Thanks to redshirt sophomore opposite Patrick Lilly, the Flyers came back from a 13-7 deficit, winning 18-16 in the end. Lilly helped Lewis capture the win by producing six consistent serves in a row, followed by Petty taking the overall win with two kills in a row. Boldog also had a season-high 56 assists on the floor that night.

It was against Ball State, though, that Powell collected a career-high 32 kills, naming him the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career. Swinging .409 on the night, Powell also tallied 13 digs. Yanez also collected a career-high 15 digs on the night as well. Winning the game 3-2, the Flyers defeated the No. 12 ranked Cardinals, improving to 17-6 on the season and 7-3 in MIVA action.

The following week, the Flyers hosted Quincy University on Friday April 4 and Lindenwood University on Saturday April 5 at Neil Carey Arena.

Sweeping the Hawks 3-0, the Flyers advanced to 18-6 and 8-3 in MIVA play. Powell had 10 kills, while Petty had eight putaways on the night. Boldog had 24 assists, five digs and four block assists as well.

When the Flyers hosted the Lions of Lindenwood University, they defeated them three matches to one. With the win, Lewis improved to 19-6 overall and 9-3 in conference play. Powell collected his third double-double of the season with 15 kills and 10 digs. Boldog had 41 assists and Yanez tallied eight digs for the night.

The Flyers will end their regular season play on April 11-12 where they will take on Grand Canyon University both nights. For game results, visit lewisflyers.com.

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

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