Lewis
Petty

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. -- No. 15 Lewis (17-9, 5-4 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) scored a 3-1 home victory (25-27, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21) against seventh-ranked Ohio State (18-5 overall, 11-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) Saturday night in Neil Carey Arena.

Jay Petty recorded nine of his 22 kills in the fourth set and finished with a .400 hitting percentage while adding six digs. Mike Adams added 14.5 points with seven kills (.150), three ace serves, a solo block and seven assist blocks for Lewis. It is Lewis’ first home win against the Buckeyes since 2005. 

“When we weren’t passing as well in the end, Jay found ways to get sideouts and kills,” Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. “That’s what an all-conference caliber player can do for you.”

The story of the match was Lewis’ blocking success. The Flyers out-blocked the Buckeyes 17.5 to 6.5. Junior Aaron Flick recorded six blocks (one solo) while classmate Matt Gallik totaled eight block assists. Gallik also had nine kills on 14 attempts with no errors.

“We did a nice job blocking pin-to-pin and help blocking,” Friend said. “You saw us get better tonight and it’s a great win for the guys.”

Freshman Michael Adams recorded eight blocks (one solo), seven kills and three aces.

“Mike brought pressure from the service line,” Friend said. “You look at his blocks and digs; everything he brought tonight was huge.”

The Flyers won a second set which featured 21 ties and 13 lead changes. The score was tied at 23 when Lewis scored the final two points. Point 24 came on an Ohio State service error and Point 25 came on a Petty kill.

Following a 10-minute intermission in which the Lewis women’s volleyball team received their 2010 conference championship rings, the men’s team came out in championship form, limiting the Buckeyes to a -.062 attack percentage in set three.

Lewis never trailed in the third and fourth sets. The difference in the fourth set came early. Back-to-back Petty kills made the score 5-3 in favor of Lewis. Lewis cruised from that point as Ohio State never tied it again. Flick scored point 25 for Lewis with a kill to the approval of a boisterous Neil Carey Arena crowd.

It was Ohio State’s final conference match of the year, meaning Lewis will be the only MIVA team to defeat Ohio State in 2011.

OSU's Kevin Heine posted a team-high 15.5 points with 15 kills (.722) and one assist block. John Klanac and Jason Tobkin added 10 points each for the Buckeyes. Klanac recorded 10 kills (.273) with Tobkin adding eight kills (.125), one ace serve and two assist blocks.

Set one opened with OSU kills from Heine and Tobkin for a 2-0 lead. A Matt Gallik kill and an OSU error tied the set at two. At 9-7, a Mike Adams kill and his ace serve tied the set at nine. At 15-all, Lewis took a 16-15 lead with a Petty kill. A Heine-Shawn Sangrey-Tobkin block tied the set at 16. OSU took an 18-16 lead with a kill from Heine and a Tobkin ace serve. At 20-18, an OSU error and an Adams-Aaron Flick block tied the set at 20. OSU responded with kills from Klanac and Sangrey to take a 22-20 lead. Trailing 23-21, a kill from Petty cut the OSU lead to one at 23-22. OSU reached set point with a kill from Steven Kehoe, but a Buckeye error made it 24-23. A Brian Muesenfechter-Gallik block tied the set at 24. OSU had a second set point at 25-24 with a Heine kill, but the Flyers tied the set at 25 with a Gallik kill. A Heine kill gave OSU a third set point at 26-25 and the Buckeyes won the set, 27-25 off a Flyer error to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Lewis hit .333 for the set to .323 for Ohio State.

The second set saw 21 ties and 13 lead changes. The set came down to a 23-23 tie. An OSU error gave Lewis set point at 24-23. The Flyers, with a Petty kill, won the set, 25-23, to tie the match at one set each. Lewis hit .324 for the set to .267 for Ohio State.

Tied at five in set three, the Flyers scored the next five points to take a 10-5 lead. The run began with a Adams-Gallik-BJ Boldog block. An Adams-Boldog-Flick block, an OSU error, a Flick-Boldog block and a Gallik ace serve completed the run. The Flyers expanded the lead to eight at 16-8. OSU trailed, 23-16, when two Mike Stefani kills and an ace serve from Kehoe cut the lead to four at 23-19. The Flyers reached set point at 24-19 with a kill from Flick, and Lewis, with a Petty kill, won the set, 25-19, to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Flyers hit .125 for the set to -.062 for the Buckeyes.

Lewis broke a 3-3 tie with two kills from Petty to take the lead, 5-3. A Flyer error made it 5-4, and kills from Boldog and Muesenfechter gave Lewis a 7-4 lead. A Kehoe solo block made it 7-5, and Lewis would extend the lead to 10-5 following an OSU error and kills from Muesenfechter and Petty. Lewis held the lead, reaching match point at 24-20 with a Gallik kill. OSU stopped the match point with a Tobkin kill, but Flick, with a kill, won the set to give Lewis a 3-1 victory in the match. The Flyers hit .531 for the set to .483 for OSU.

For the match, Lewis hit .342 to .246 for Ohio State. Each squad recorded 55 kills with the Flyers having a 51-49 edge in assists. Boldog posted a match-high 46 assists for the Flyers while OSU's Kehoe produced 40. Lewis had a 4-2 margin in ace serves with Adams posting a match-high three for the Flyers. Lewis committed 17 service errors to 16 for Ohio State. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 34-33 edge in digs with OSU's Mik Berzins posting a match-high eight.