Men’s College Volleyball: Lewis sweeps past Grand Canyon
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media April 11, 2014 9:22PM
Lewis' Bobby Walsh goes up for a kill Friday vs. Grand Canyon. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 12, 2014 12:09AM
The Lewis men’s volleyball team threw a block party Friday night, and Grand Canyon was the guest of honor.
The No. 11 Flyers had 411/2 blocks on their way to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-16 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association win at Neil Carey Arena.
Bobby Walsh’s seven blocks led the Flyers to their fifth straight win. Lewis is 20-6 overall and 10-3 in the MIVA. Grand Canyon fell to 14-16, 2-11.
“We knew we had to shut them down and we’ve always been known as a good defensive team,” outside hitter Greg Petty said. “We’ve been working on our defense, and it showed. Our defense has been pretty good lately.”
“I thought we did a really good job defensively and we picked up some scramble balls that gave us a chance to score,” Lewis coach Dan Friend said.
The rematch and final regular-season contest is 7 p.m. Saturday in Romeoville. If Lewis wins, the two teams will meet for the third time in eight days in the opening round of the MIVA Tournament, which starts Friday. Lewis would be the No. 2 seed, while Grand Canyon is locked into the No. 7 seed.
“They are a good team and they’re going to come out harder,” Petty said. “Hopefully, we clean things up a little bit on our side and get the win.”
“We can’t drop off because as far as we’re concerned, this is postseason play from here on out,” Friend said. “It’s about us and playing at our level and keeping it turned up a notch. We’re lucky to be at home right now and we need to take advantage of that.”
Back-to-back block kills by Walsh and BJ Boldog gave Lewis a 19-17 lead in the first set. Fitterer’s ace after a timeout pushed the lead to 20-17. A hitting error by Grand Canyon ended the first set.
Petty’s back-row kill from Boldog gave the Flyers a 17-14 lead in Set 2. A hitting error by the Antelopes made it 21-15 Flyers. Boldog’s tip kill ended the second set.
In Set 3, James Hoffman’s block kill gave Lewis an 8-5 lead. Eric Butch’s ace, the fourth of the set for the Flyers, gave Lewis a 21-12 lead. A kill by Geoff Powell ended match.
Powell topped the Flyers with 12 kills. Boldog dished out 30 assists and Lucas Yanez had nine digs for Lewis. Grand Canyon committed 26 hitting errors.