No. 6 Lewis outlasts Ball State
Petty leads Flyers effort with 17 kills, eight digs
MUNCIE, Ind. -- No. 6 Lewis and Ball State played a super-sized first set on Sunday as the Flyers swept the Cardinals 44-42, 25-19 and 25-15 on Sunday.
Lewis’ 44 points matches the program record for most points in a single game. The Flyers scored 19 extra points over the normal 25 to earn the win.
Lewis seemed to be in a good position in the first set, leading 24-21. Four Ball State points later and the Cardinals had the first of what would be 22 total set points. The Flyers turned away 14 Ball State set points. Ball State denied seven Lewis set points until the Flyers finally took advantage of their eighth.
After Ball State grabbed a 25-24 advantage, Lewis survived six consecutive Ball State set points. A kill by Ian Karbiener and a Ball State attack error put Lewis up 31-30. Lewis fell behind 35-34 when Karbiener was blocked.
The teams would trade the next 13 points, a stretch which saw Lewis endure seven Ball State set points. Lewis finally scored back-to-back points on a Ball State attack error for point 41 and a kill from Jay Petty for point 42.
A Lewis serving error tied it up at 42 before a kill from Greg Petty and a block by Aaron Flick and BJ Boldog finally gave Lewis the opening set win.
The set lasted 46 minutes and featured 86 total points, 25 ties and eight lead changes.
The final two sets featured just three ties each. Lewis out-hit Ball State .308 to -.080 in the second and .355 to .000 in the third to coast to the three-set victory.
Jay Petty hit .467 with 17 kills and eight digs. Karbiener added 13 kills. Boldog finished with 43 assists, nine digs and five blocks (one solo). He ran an offense which out-hit the Cardinals .303 to .057.
Lewis improved to 7-3 and 1-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Ball State falls to 5-4 and 0-2 in the MIVA.