No. 7 Lewis wins five-set thriller
Three Flyers notch double-digit kills against George Mason
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Three Flyers finished with double-digit kills in seventh-ranked Lewis' 3-2 (25-18, 25-27, 23-25, 25-16, 15-7) non-conference victory at George Mason on Saturday evening.
The Flyers were led by Jay Petty’s 14 kills. He finished with a double-double thanks to adding 11 digs. Ian Karbiener recorded 11 kills and Aaron Flick also had a double-double, hitting .706 with 13 kills and 10 blocks. Lewis recorded 18 blocks as a team.
Flick had four block assists in the deciding fifth set and Petty recorded kills on each of his three attempts in the fifth. Lewis never trailed in the final frame. A Petty kill and two George Mason hitting errors in the fifth put the Flyers up 7-3 and forced the Patriots to ask for time.
“Aaron was a bit catalyst for us tonight,” Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. “His blocks alone in the fifth set were big.”
The match featured 31 ties and 10 lead changes.
“We were up in games two and three and we didn’t finish,” Friend said. “We knew it was going to be a long trip coming out here. Spending 13 hours on the bus is tough and we struggled here last year so getting the win this year is an accomplishment. ”
Lewis out-hit George Mason .280 to .160. The Flyers recorded five aces and committed just nine service errors.