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NC Roundup: Lewis wins vs. Ohio State in four sets

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tenth-ranked Lewis used the strong play from their front pins to collect a 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16) Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association victory against No. 14 Ohio State at St. John Arena on Saturday.

Junior outside hitter Greg Petty led the Flyers with 15 kills, seven digs and four block assists, while redshirt junior outside hitter Geoff Powell picked up 14 putaways, eight digs and three block assists.

The Flyers improve to 9-3 on the year and 1-1 against MIVA opponents, while the Buckeyes fall to 5-6 on the campaign and 2-2 in league play.

"Any time you can win a road conference match, especially at Ohio State, it's a good night," Lewis head men's volleyball coach Dan Friend said. "After the second set, we were able to refocus and stay loose to grind out the third set and put ourselves in position to win the match."

Sophomore middle blocker Bobby Walsh tallied seven kills, two solo blocks and four block assists while redshirt freshman middle blocker Jacob Schmiegelt collected five block assists and two putaways. Redshirt senior setter BJ Boldog had a floor-high 38 assists, four block assists and two kills.

The Buckeye offense was led by Michael Henchy's 11 kills and seven digs, while Driss Guessous had 10 kills, a solo block and four block assists. 

No. 1 Loyola Chicago 3, Grand Canyon 0

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- After sweeping Grand Canyon on Friday night night, No. 1 Loyola Chicago backed up their victory with another sweep of the Antelopes tonight. With the three-set win (25-12, 26-24, 25-12), the Ramblers improve to 11-1 (4-0 MIVA) on the year.

Thomas Jaeschke played well, slamming 14 kills while operating at a .571 efficiency. He also contributed six digs and two service aces. Joe Smalzer also added 10 kills, while Peter Hutz's seven digs led Loyola's defensive effort.

No. 3 Pepperdine 3, UC San Diego 0

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Pepperdine got back in the win column on Saturday with a 3-0 triumph against UC San Diego. The Waves were led by Kyle Gerrans, who produced 11 kills and career-high six aces.

Although it was a three-set win, the Tritons battled Pepperdine past the 25-point mark twice tonight making for an exciting match. Final scores were 32-30, 25-16, 27-25.

The Waves improve to 7-3 overall, all MPSF matches. The win puts Pepperdine back in a tie for third place in the conference standings, along with UC Santa Barbara and Hawaii. BYU tops the chart with a 10-1 league record, followed by UCLA at 8-2.

Gerrans scored 17.5 points, the most the senior has ever scored in a three-set effort. In addition to posting 11 kills earned at a .421 (11 kills-3 errors-19 attempts) hitting percentage, Gerrans delivered an incredulous six aces from the service line. Not only was it a new career-high, but the statistic ties for the most during the rally scoring era in a three-set match.

Fred Winters was credited with six aces in a three-set match vs. Cal State Northridge in 2004.

Parker Kalmbach earned a team-best 13 kills.

With Josh Taylor given the night off, Scott Rhein was given the start in his place. He made the most of the opportunity, tagging down a season-high nine kills.

Matt West quarterbacked the offense tonight with 38 assists which led the Waves to a .345 (45-15-87) hitting percentage.

Mike Brunsting paced UCSD (0-13, 0-12 MPSF) with a match-best 17 kills.

No. 4 BYU 3, No. 8 Stanford 2

STANFORD, Calif. -- A season-high 27 kills by Taylor Sander gave No. 4 BYU a 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-7) road victory against No. 8 Stanford Saturday.

Sander hit .417 on the night, also contributing two aces, six digs and four blocks. Josue Rivera joined him in double figures with 12 kills, eight digs and three service aces.

Tyler Heap tallied a double-double of 53 assists and 10 digs to lead the team in both categories. Michael Hatch led the team with seven blocks.

The Cougars (10-3, 10-1 MPSF) hit .331, its best hitting percentage in a five-set match this season. BYU led in digs 45-44 in its 10th win of the season, while Stanford (8-5, 5-5 MPSF) led in kills 65-60.