Men’s College Volleyball: Lewis completes season sweep of Ohio State
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 4, 2013 9:46PM
Lewis and Ohio State hold their respective huddles before the start of Thursday match. | Paul Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 4, 2013 9:57PM
Bring out the brooms.
For the first time since 1997, No. 9 Lewis completed a regular-season sweep of No. 11 Ohio State in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play.
The Flyers, the top blocking team in the nation, notched five blocks in the first set and 111/2 overall to down Ohio State 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 Thursday night at Neil Carey Arena.
Sophomore opposite Eric Fitterer was dynamite all match, blasting 14 kills and two aces to lead Lewis (18-7, 10-2). Bobby Walsh chalked up nine kills, Geoff Powell added seven and B.J. Boldog dished 34 assists for the Flyers.
“This game is a packed house for us every year,” Fitterer said. “It was for first place in conference, and we needed to maintain our spot. We knew this game had a lot of meaning to it.”
Lewis started hot and took a 19-15 lead in the first set after a monster serve from Jay Petty, which led to an overhit-kill from Powell. After a timeout Ohio State scored the next two points, but Lewis responded with five straight, highlighted by back-to-back blocks from Powell and Bobby Walsh, for a 24-17 advantage.
Petty, the lone Lewis senior honored on Senior Night, notched six kills.
“To beat (Ohio State) twice 3-0, that’s something that’s never happened in my career,” Petty said. “For that to happen in my senior year is great. These guys are so much fun to play with.”
Andrew Lutz was a one-man show for Ohio State (17-6, 7-4) with a match-high 16 kills. With the Buckeyes trailing 20-16 in the second frame, Lutz notched four straight service points and found the floor with a back-row kill to knot the game at 20.
Lewis, which never trailed by more than a point, answered with two straight. Fitterer then put the set away with a kill.