ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – Senior Jay Petty captured his 1,000th career kill to open the fourth set in No. 15 Lewis’ 3-2 (25-18, 25-21, 29-27, 25-21, 15-9) victory against George Mason on Saturday at Neil Carey Arena.
The Flyers improved to 4-5 on the season while the Patriots moved to 2-4.
“The guys were resilient against a good George Mason team,” Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. “Solid serving and some big blocks put us at and advantage to win in the end.”
Petty earned 19 kills and a match-high 21 digs for the Flyers.
In the first set, the Flyers broke a five-point tie with a kill from James Hofmann, which kickstarted the squad’s momentum in the game. Geoff Powell earned six of Lewis’ 15 kills in the set as the squad hit .583 in the 25-18 set win.
George Mason broke the tie at 20 in the offensive battle of the second set on a kill from Piotr Dabrowski. The Patriots capitalized on three Lewis errors and a kill to take the set 25-21.
In the third game, neither squad could string multiple points together until the Patriots closed out the set with consecutive points on a kill and a triple block. George Mason took the set 29-27.
Down two sets to one, the Flyers got back-to-back block assists from freshman Bobby Walsh and junior BJ Boldog to tie the set at 16 and take a 17-16 lead. Lewis got two kills apiece from Petty and Powell as well as a kill each from Hofmann and Eric Fitterer to tie the match at two sets with a 25-21 set victory.
In the fifth set, Petty got back-to-back solo blocks to push the Flyers’ lead to 6-3. Lewis earned seven kills in 16 attempts and had five blocks to win the set 15-9 and the match.
Powell paced all players with 20 kills while Boldog had 63 assists and four block assists. Lewis libero Eric Butch totaled a career-high 16 digs in the five set contest.