Colleges: Lewis rebounds for men’s volleyball win over Ohio State
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media February 20, 2014 5:10PM
Lewis' Greg Petty (right) is tied for the team lead with 3.19 kills per set. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2014 2:19AM
The Lewis men’s volleyball team rebounded from a loss to now-top ranked Loyola to win its last two games, including a Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association win at Ohio State earlier this week.
It was the Flyers’ sixth straight win over the No. 14 Buckeyes. No. 10 Lewis is 9-3 overall, 1-1 in the MIVA.
“Any time you can win a road conference match, especially at Ohio State, it’s a good night,” Lewis coach Dan Friend said.
The Flyers are doing it with defense. Bobby Walsh is sixth in the nation, averaging 1.46 blocks per set. The 6-foot-9 middle blocker is also ranks 11th in the NCAA with a .371 hitting percentage. Lucas Yanez leads the team with 81 digs and 2.19 digs per set.
Hitters Geoff Powell and Greg Petty are tied for the team lead with 3.19 kills per set.
Saturday is White Out Night at Neil Carey Arena as Lewis hosts No. 13 Ball State at 7 p.m. in an MIVA contest.
Lewis swim teams fourth in GLVC
The Lewis men’s and women’s swim teams each took fourth in their respective Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
Lewis’ Victor Tarin was named GLVC Freshman of the Year by taking third in the 100-yard freestyle in an NCAA B cut time of 44.97 seconds. He lowered his school-record time of 45.33.
“We had a great meet that was capped off with Victor’s very deserving honor,” Lewis men’s swimming coach Roger Karns said. “This team has worked very hard and earned their success.”
Tarin, Bryant Jacobs, Brett Busch and Aidan Brennan teamed up to take fourth in the 400 free relay in a school-record NCAA B cut time of 3:04.37. The quartet of Tarin, Jacobs, Derick Carlson and Brennan held the previous record at 3:05.37.
The women were highlighted by three award-winning efforts.
In the 200 breaststroke, Montana Clasby finished second with an NCAA B Cut time of 2 minutes, 17.88 seconds, while Sarah Kenis touched the wall in third with a NCAA B cut time of 2:17.97.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Shannon Sullivan, Brittany Kamper, Courtney Duy and Cindy Jezuit teamed up for a NCAA B cut time of 3:31.46, which was good for third.
Stuut rolls a seven
The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference might want to name its women’s basketball player of the week after St. Xavier’s Morgan Stuut. Earlier this week the Cougars guard claimed her seventh weekly award.
Stuut, a two-time NAIA National Player of the Week as well, averaged 25.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line in two Cougars victories.
Lewis wins Chicagoland Championship
The Lewis women’s track and field team earned six first-place finishes to win the Chicagoland Championships.
“This was a huge team victory,” Lewis coach Dana Schwarting said. “We are really hitting on all cylinders right now.”
Megan Marchildon won the 60-meter hurdles with an NCAA Provisional time of 8.82 seconds, while Amanda Farrough was victorious in the 1-mile run with a personal-best and NCAA provisional time of 4:59.74.
Kayla King, a Mother McAuley product, won the 60-meter dash (7.81), while Bolingbrook’s Chantel Stennis took first in the 200 dash with an NCAA provisional time of 25.25.
Phoenix Smallwood won the triple jump with an NCAA provisional leap of 37-71/4. Amy Polhemus and Krysten Sebby teamed with Marchildon and Stennis to win the 1,600 relay (3:56.11).
Jemilo garners award
Lewis junior Matt Jemilo has been selected the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.
The Tinley Park graduate won the 800 meters at the Chicagoland Championships with a NCAA provisional time of 1:52.81. That time is the fastest in the GLVC and ranks seventh overall in NCAA Division II.
“Matt is having a really solid indoor season,” Schwarting said. “He has put himself in a great position to get into the national meet, and hopefully, cap off the season with a GLVC title and All-America award.”