No. 17 Lewis Rolls By No. 9 Indianapolis
Sept. 19, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS - The Flyers hit .343 with just eight errors to lift No. 17 Lewis to a 25-20, 25-23, 25-22 sweep of previously undefeated No. 9 Indianapolis in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener for both schools on Friday evening.
"This is our first top 10 win and everybody is pretty pumped," head coach Lorelee Smith said. "It especially feels great since it was a total team effort."
The opening set was all Flyers, grabbing leads of 5-2 and 13-8. Lewis led 20-12 before settling for a five-point victory.
The Flyers jumped out to another lead in the second set thanks to a 9-1 run that turned a tie score into a 14-6 Lewis advantage. Indianapolis battled back, scoring consecutive points five times, but never scoring more than three in a row. The Flyers ability to limit the Greyhounds' runs kept Indianapolis from ever tying the score. Lewis scored the biggest points of the set off kills by senior Sara deBuhr (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) and junior Lauren Seliga (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx). deBuhr gave Lewis set point with their 24th tally while Seliga gave Lewis their final point.
Set three was almost a carbon copy of the second. The Flyers took a 16-10 lead only to see the Greyhounds battle back. Once again the Greyhounds advanced within one but could never tie the score. Indianapolis scored three straight points to make it a 21-20 game when a service error by Kristina Kerrigan ended the streak. Sagat followed with an ace serve to regain Lewis' two-point lead. The Flyers needed just one match point to finish the Greyhounds off. Like the second set it was Seliga with a kill to end it.
Senior Stephanie Sagat (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) hit .414 with a team-high 14 kills. deBuhr swung .400 with eight kills and no errors. Seliga added nine kills and 10 digs. Senior Kim Richards (Evergreen Park, Ill./Mother McAuley) totaled six kills, four digs and three blocks (one solo).
Junior Rachel Ruedi (Mahomet, Ill./Mahomet Seymour) finished with 35 assists, seven digs and three blocks (one solo).
"All of our hitters did great and we did a good job of moving the ball around to keep Indy off balance," Smith said. "Our bench was great today too. From their cheers to their advice, it was a great team win."
The Flyers improve to 10-3 (1-0 GLVC). Indianapolis falls to 14-1 (0-1 GLVC). The victory over Indianapolis is the Flyers ninth in the last 10 meetings with the Greyhounds.
Lewis continues conference play on Saturday at St. Joseph's. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m.