Men's volleyball advances for chance at NCAA Championship

Tori Foster, Sports Editor

The men’s volleyball team is automatically advancing to the NCAA Tournament after claiming the MIVA Championship for the first time since 2012. With the championship sweep, the Flyers are now 25-5 on the season and have recorded the highest number of three-set wins in a season during coach Dan Friend’s career at Lewis. 

Lewis topped the Ramblers with an offense that swung .459 and a defense that held the Ramblers to only a .118 hitting percentage. Loyola couldn’t seem to avoid the Flyers’ hands as they recorded 14 blocks compared to LU’s two. 

According to Friend in a postgame interview, “The guys were… great in all facets of the game whether it was offense, defense or serving and they really embodied what we've been working on all year.” 

Senior Julian Moses was honored at the conclusion of the match as the MIVA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player alongside teammates Ryan Coenen and Matt Yoshimoto who were also members of the MIVA All-Tournament team. 

The Flyers now look to play the University of Southern California in the opening round of the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship on Tuesday, April 30. The match will mark the third straight year the two nonconference teams will compete. Both will be fighting for the opportunity to compete in the semifinal match against first-ranked University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.