Men’s Volleyball Split 1st 2 MIVA Games

Photo provided by Steve Woltmann: Redshirt junior Geoff Powell leads the team in points and kills on the season with 126 and 104, respectively.

Nicole Kappelman, Assistant Sports Editor

The Lewis University men’s volleyball team took on their first Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) opponent on Wednesday Feb. 5 when they played the No. 2 ranked Loyola Ramblers of Chicago.

Despite numerous efforts displayed by the Flyers, the team fell short to the Ramblers, losing the game three matches to one.

With a tight match in the first set, the Flyers led the Ramblers for most of the game. Trying to close the match, the Flyers were up 23-21, led mostly by their offense. Redshirt junior outside hitter Geoff Powell and redshirt senior setter B.J. Boldog kept up the Flyers’ intensity throughout the match. Unfortunately, the tight lead was given up when Loyola bounced back to win 25-23.

Out for a victory, the Flyers battled back to win the second set 25-21. Led again by Boldog, the Flyers advanced to a 4-1 lead and continued to carry that momentum throughout the match. Sophomore middle blocker Bobby Walsh and redshirt junior opposite Eric Fitterer each collected their own kills and multiple blocks to add to their statistics.

The Ramblers came out in the third match looking to take the lead, and they did just that. Multiple errors were made on both teams behalf, mainly when it came to serving. It was Loyola, however, that came out victorious, winning the third match 25-17.

The Flyers came out strong and looking to upset the No. 2 nationally ranked Loyola, but it seemed that nothing was stopping the Ramblers from taking the fourth and final set of the game. Winning 25-19, Loyola improved their overall record to 8-1 in regular season play and 2-0 in MIVA action. Lewis dropped to 7-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

Coming out on Friday night Feb. 7 against McKendree, Lewis immediately started the game off strong. Outscoring their opponent in every possible statistic, the Flyers shut out the Bearcats in a 3-0 sweep.

McKendree made over twice as many errors as the Flyers did in the three sets. Lewis, to add insult to injury, more than doubled the amount of kills collected by the team as a whole, outscoring their opponent 41-18.

Leading the Lewis offense was junior opposite Tom Logan, who had a career-high nine kills. Redshirt junior Eric Butch also had a career-high seven kills, while redshirt freshman Kyle Rhode collected four.

The men’s team will travel to Ohio State University on Saturday Feb. 15 to take on the No. 14 nationally ranked Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on the game and the scores, visit lewisflyers.com.

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

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