Lindenwood knocked off seventh-ranked Lewis in a 3-0 sweep at Hyland Arena on Friday. The Lions defeated Lewis by scores of 25-23, 26-24, and 26-24 for one of the biggest wins in program history.
Sophomore Colin Hackworth recorded a team-high 18 kills with only four errors at a .389 hitting percentage. Scott Siwicki added nine kills on just 12 attempts and Michael Adams picked up eight kills.
Lindenwood jumped out to a quick start against the Flyers, quickly finding themselves ahead 7-4 early in the first set. The Flyers came within two after a service ace by Geoff Powell at 11-9, but Hackworth answered with a kill to back up three.
The Lions’ lead crept up to five at 17-12 after an ace by Adams. Lewis answered back with a 7-2 run to tie the set up at 19. Back-to-back kills by Adams and Hackworth put Lindenwood up 24-22 before Lewis’ Eric Fitterer answered back with a kill on set point to make the score 24-23. The set ended on a service error by Lewis’ Jay Petty.
Set two started off in favor of the Flyers as Lindenwood found itself in an 11-8 hole. Down 15-11, Adams sparked the Lions offense with a kill. Hackworth stepped in and promptly recorded an ace-kill-ace combo to tie the match up at 15. The two squads battled it out until the end of the set when Adams finished it off with an ace.
Lindenwood once again found itself in a hole in the third set, down by five at 17-12. Three Lewis errors in a span of four points allowed the Lions to crawl back into it, down three at 17-14.
Down 23-20, the Lions capitalized on a Hackworth kill as well as back-to-back attack errors by the Flyers to tie up the match at 23. Schmidt recorded an ace on the second-to-last point before the Flyers surrendered the match on an attack error by Fitterer.
Schmidt led the Lions with 35 assists while Adams led the team with eight digs and three service aces. Lindenwood hit .315 in the match while holding Lewis to .231, including just a .103 clip in the third set.