Men’s College Volleyball: Lewis denies St. Francis (Pa.)
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media March 21, 2014 9:46PM
Lewis' Bobby Walsh goes up for a block Friday against St. Francis (Pa.). | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 22, 2014 4:19PM
A hiccup in Set 3 aside, St. Francis, Pa., was just what the doctor ordered for No. 10 Lewis on Friday night at Neil Carey Arena.
No. 10 Lewis (15-5) got back on the winning track, capturing a 25-13, 25-12, 18-25, 25-14 win over St. Francis, Pa. (9-9). It was the first of three straight home matches for the Flyers, who host No. 14 Penn State (14-5) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Romeoville.
“Last year at Penn State it didn’t work out for us,” Lewis middle blocker Bobby Walsh said. “We’re hungry for them. It’s a huge game, and I’m excited to play them on our home court.”
“Penn State’s coming to our house; we’re excited for that,” Lewis coach Dan Friend said. “This game is big for a number of reasons.”
Lewis had a five-match win streak snapped in a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association loss to No. 1 Loyola earlier in the week. The only misstep Friday was a third-set loss by the second team.
“It’s unfortunate we played the whole second string in the third game, but it was an opportunity for those guys to get reps,” Friend said.
Lewis re-established command in the fourth set behind the serving of Greg Petty, who served five straight at one point. His ace gave Lewis a 17-10 lead. Walsh’s kill ended the contest.
“We wanted to bounce back after a bad loss at Loyola and I thought we did that (Friday),” Walsh said. In the beginning of (Set 4) it was tight, then Greg Petty got the serve and pulled us out.”
“The guys really turned it up a notch and Greg Petty served some bombs back there,” Friend said.
Eric Fitterer led Lewis with 10 kills. Petty, Walsh and Powell all had eight kills.
“We definitely wanted to get back on track,” said setter Scott Fifer, who had 36 assists. “We worked on a few things defensively and getting consistent with our hitters. We’re trying to get a winning streak going.”
Lewis barely was challenged in each of the first two sets.
St. Francis raced to an 8-2 lead in the third set against the Flyers’ second team. Lewis took over early in the fourth set.
“I told those guys to pick up right where they left off in the second game,” Friend said of the starters. “The starters came back in and finished it off, which was good to see.”