No. 9 Lewis holds off No. 6 Penn State
J. Petty records 13 kills and three aces to lead the Flyers
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. -- No. 9 Lewis turned to the Petty brothers to earn a 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20) victory against No. 6 Penn State on Saturday evening at a sold out and raucous Neil Carey Arena.
Freshman Greg Petty led Lewis with a match-high 14 kills thanks to a .522 hitting percentage. Junior Jay Petty hit .370 with 13 kills. Jay Petty also added three aces.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 BYU 3, No. 5 USC 2|
|No. 2 UC Irvine 3, UCSD 0|
|No. 3 UCLA 3, No. 15 Pacific 0|
|No. 4 Stanford 3, No. 13 Santa|
|No. 9 Lewis 3, No. 6 Penn State 1|
|No. 7 Pepperdine 3, No. 12 Hawaii 1|
“It was great to see the guys transfer some things from practice to the game especially in this type of match and this level of play,” head coach Dan Friend said. “The outsides (Jay and Greg Petty) did a really nice job and that was a big thing we were going to try to key in on and both of those guys hit for great numbers.”
Each brother had four kills in the first set. Greg Petty had a kill on Lewis' second set point of the frame.
After Penn State tied the match at one set each, Lewis came back strong by hitting .524 in the third set. Senior Matt Gallik who had nine kills in the match, recorded five in the third set.
Lewis held a 14-11 advantage in the fourth set until Penn State tied it at 14. It would be the final time Penn State would tie the contest. A kill by Jay Petty and a Gallik's only solo block of the match made it 16-14. Gallk came up with a kill on match point to give the contest to Lewis and give Friend his first victory over Penn State.
Lewis out-hit the Nittany Lions .429 to .213. The Flyers also held a dominating 10 to 2.5 blocking advantage. Sophomore setter BJ Boldog recorded 38 assists while adding five block assists.
Penn State falls to 2-1 while Lewis improves to 4-2.