Colleges: Scott Fifer makes impact for Lewis men’s volleyball
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media March 27, 2014 10:26PM
Lewis setter Scott Fifer is a Sandburg graduate. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 29, 2014 6:30AM
An injury to Lewis setter BJ Boldog created an opportunity for Sandburg graduate Scott Fifer.
The sophomore has stepped in and performed well for the No. 10 Flyers (15-6).
“I’ve played with the starters a few games and each time I feel better and better about it,” Fifer said. “I feel more and more confident. I just talk with the guys. They are great guys who are easy to feed.”
Boldog, the starting setter, required 12 stitches in his hand during a win March 11 over Ohio State in Romeoville.
“To see us have a critical injury to one of our best players and have a guy step in and perform well has been good to see,” Lewis coach Dan Friend said. “Scottie has trained for these opportunities. BJ is going to graduate this year. At the same time, Scottie is working for that starting spot next year.”
Fifer posted 17 assists over the last two sets against the Buckeyes. He also had 33 assists against George Mason and 36 in a win over St. Francis, Pa.
“Scott came in against Ohio State and finished off a great win and against Mason and got us a win there,” Friend said. “He’s been in the right place at the right time. It makes the guys feel really good that we have a good backup.”
“I just need to get more consistent with our hitters,” Fifer said.
“It’s a little different for the hitters, but whenever you make a change, that’s to be expected,” Friend said. “Scottie has adapted real well. Some guys hit better off Scottie and other guys do better with BJ.”
“Scottie’s been great,” Boldog said. “I’m hoping to get back to 100 percent to help us out.”
Boldog was limited in a loss to Loyola and came up with 47 assists in a loss Saturday to Penn State. It was his second-best assist total of the season and his second game since the injury.
Awards pouring in for Lewis
The awards are beginning to stream in for the Lewis women’s basketball team.
Sophomore forward Mariyah Brawner-Henley was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches All-American Team Honorable Mention. Brawner-Henley is the first Flyer to earn All-American honors since 2007.
Coach Lisa Carlsen was named the Russell Athletic/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Region 4 Coach of the Year.
Carlsen, who led the Flyers to a 23-6 record, is a finalist to receive the inaugural Pat Summitt Trophy, which will be presented to the Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year next month.
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St. Xavier is the No. 4 seed in the Great Lakes Valley Division Tournament in Perrysburg, Ohio. The Cougars (5-14) face No. 5 Siena Heights (5-17) at 11 a.m. Friday. The winner takes on No. 1 seed Cardinal Stritch (17-11) at 5 p.m. Friday.