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Men’s College Volleyball: No. 10 Lewis knocks off No. 3 BYU

Lewis' B.J. Boldog | Supplied photo

Lewis' B.J. Boldog | Supplied photo

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Updated: February 6, 2014 6:40AM



By the numbers, Lewis’ four-set win over No. 3 Brigham Young was an upset.

For the 10th-ranked Flyers, junior hitter Greg Petty wasn’t buying it.

“I don’t really think this was an upset because people kind of underestimated us,” Petty said. “We didn’t show a whole lot in the preseason, but we’ve got it figured out now. We’re playing a lot better volleyball and hopefully it keeps going.”

Shaking off a four-set loss in its season opener to two-time defending champion UC-Irvine on Wednesday, No. 10 Lewis took down No. 3 BYU 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23 Saturday at Neil Carey Arena.

Petty finished with 16 kills for host Lewis (1-1). Geoff Powell (15 kills) and Eric Fitterer (13 kills) chipped in, and B.J. Boldog dished out 47 assists for the Flyers.

A senior setter, Boldog set the school record for assists (3,395) in the match against UC Irvine and kept on distributing Saturday, spreading the wealth among his hitters.

“When everyone is hitting well, it’s really easy,” Boldog said with a smile. “If they hit, my job is super easy. I put up a hittable ball and they do the rest.”

Nowhere was that more evident than the up-for-grabs third set, Petty slamming home five kills and Powell and Fitterer adding four kills apiece.

Never up by more than four points, Lewis turned to Petty late, the junior stringing together Lewis’ last three points via kills to help claim the win. The Flyers had 17 kills in the third set.

“We got a little more relaxed,” Petty said. “We were more focused in on the little things, what we needed to work on, and everything worked out.”

Down a point at 23-22 in the fourth set, Powell’s 15th kill forced a sideout, and a BYU hit that went long set up match point for Boldog on the next play. The setter went up for a huge block of Cougars star Taylor Sander (15 kills), the block finding a hole in the BYU defense for the game-winner.

“The ball went to Sander again, and the set looked a little tight,” Boldog said. “Low set like that, we always work on going up and trying to get our hand on the ball.”

Tyler Heap finished with 33 assists for BYU (0-2).

Lewis will finish its stretch of three matches against ranked opponents on Sunday when the Flyers face off against No. 11 USC.



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