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Men’s College Volleyball: Lewos scores five-set win over Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne

In a battle for second place in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, Lewis rallied to claim a 25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 18-16 MIVA victory over Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne on Thursday night at Neil Carey Arena in Romeoville.

The No. 11 Flyers (16-6) improved to 7-3 in the MIVA, while No. 14 IPFW (17-5) fell to 6-4.

In the fifth set, Lewis trailed 13-7 before scoring six straight points on its way to pulling out the victory. Patrick Lilly served all six points for the Flyers, who split the season series with IPFW.

“We just knew we had to push points because we had a great server back there,” outside hitter Geoff Powell said of Lilly, who was inserted after an IPFW service error made it 13-8.

“Patrick Lilly was unbelievable, and then the guys just rose to another level,” Lewis coach Dan Friend said.

Tied at 16, Greg Petty’s kill from Powell gave Lewis a chance to win it.

“I knew Greg would get that kill,” Powell said.

Petty’s match-high 27th kill from BJ Boldog’s 56th assist ended the set and the match.

“This is a huge win,” Powell said. “Every game is big in conference. This was a big win ... I’m glad we pulled it out.”

Lewis is in a fight for the No. 2 seed in the MIVA with Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne and Ball State. Loyola will be the No. 1 seed. Ball State is 6-2. Lewis hits the road Saturday to face Ball State in Muncie, Ind.

“Our whole idea is to finish as high as we can so we can host as many rounds as possible,” Friend said. “Maybe this will be a turning point for us.”

Lewis won the digs battle 43-33.

“We out dug them by 10,” Friend said. “That’s going to win you some games.”

IPFW took a 6-3 lead on Sellan’s ace early in the fifth set. The Mastodons led 13-7 with the serve. A service error gave a point and the serve back to Lewis, which scored the next five points. Powell’s kill tied it at 13. Rivera’s kill gave IPFW a point and the serve. A block error by IPFW tied it at 14. Twice IPFW was serving for the win, but failed to end it.

“It went five at their place as well, so this is a big rivalry for us,” Powell said of a five-set loss Feb. 20.

“The guys really buckled down the played hard,” Friend said.



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