Men’s Volleyball: Lewis falls short vs. Penn State
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media March 22, 2014 10:20PM
B.J. Boldog digs a ball for Lewis on Saturday. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 24, 2014 10:07AM
Lewis had the chance to kick Penn State when it was down.
The Nittany Lions were fresh off a loss to No. 1 Loyola on Friday night heading into Saturday’s non-MIVA tilt at Neil Carey Arena in Romeoville.
No. 14 Penn State (15-6), however, rallied to post a 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20 victory over No. 10 Lewis (15-6). The Nittany Lions won for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings.
“They won the serve/pass battle,” Lewis coach Dan Friend said. “They dug a few more balls and they served and passed a little better than us.”
Penn State had 34 digs and just one receiving error compared with 22 digs and seven errors for Lewis.
“They came out and played a better game tonight,” senior setter B.J. Boldog said. “We needed to turn some balls and serves and didn’t do what we needed to do defensively.”
Boldog posted 47 assists, 17 of them to junior hitter Geoff Powell. Juniors Greg Petty (14 kills) and Eric Fitterer (11 kills) also played well for the Flyers.
In Set 1, Powell’s back-to-back kills gave the Flyers a 6-4 lead. A Penn State hitting error made it 13-10. A block error by Penn State and a kill by Petty from Boldog ended the opening set.
“We’ve been doing that a lot lately, coming out strong,” Boldog said. “Now we need to stay consistent the entire match.”
Bobby Walsh’s block point opened Set 2. However, Aaron Russell’s ace and three straight Lewis errors allowed Penn State to take an 11-8 lead. Lewis got no closer than two points the rest of the set.
Powell’s solo kill gave Lewis a 7-4 lead and the serve early in the third set.
A ball that ricocheted off Nick Goodell’s shoulder for a dig and eventually a point tied it at 11-all. His kill moments later gave the Nittany Lions a 12-11 lead. Lewis came to life after that to take an 18-16 lead on kill by Petty.
Goodell’s kill gave Penn State a 19-18 lead, but Lewis clawed back to a 24-all tie.
Peter Russell’s kill and a hitting error by the Flyers allowed Penn State to take a 26-24 win and a two-games-to-one lead.
Penn State scored the first three points to put Lewis on its heels in the fourth set.
Fitterer’s kill gave Lewis a short-lived 13-12 lead. Later in the match, Penn State scored five straight points to take a 22-17 lead.
“We had too many misses on the night,” Friend said. “In the fourth game, they pulled away serving and putting together a couple of runs on us.”