Lewis Knocks Off BYU In Non-Conference Match To Lead The MIVA
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- After starting the season 2-8, members of the MIVA conference concluded play on Friday evening with a 2-4 record that included the No. 13 Lewis Flyers knocking off No. 2 BYU.
Quincy vs. Mount Olive (N.C.); vs. Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
The Quincy Hawks fell in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-21) to Mount Olive and four sets to Belmont Abbey on Friday at the King College Invitational to open up the 2013 season. Quincy handed Belmont Abbey its first victory in program history.
In the match against Mount Olive, Jack Gamache led the squad with nine kills on 25 attempts. Gamache also recorded a match-high 11 digs. Ian Lawson contributed seven kills and Steven Battaglia added six. Chris Lynch had 27 of the teams 29 assists.
Grand Canyon vs. NJIT
Grand Canyon earned its first victory of the season on Friday afternoon against NJIT, 3-1. The Antelopes won the first two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-22, dropped the third set by a score of 25-23 and finished the match winning set four 25-21.
Four members of the Antelopes squad recorded double-digit kills, led by Ryan Mather's 19. Ben Ponnet recorded the lone double-double of the afternoon with 15 kills and 12 digs. Keith Smith led all players with 51 assists.
The win improved Grand Canyon to 1-2 in the young season.
IPFW vs. Saint Francis (Pa.)
IPFW fell in its first match of the 2013 season to Saint Francis, 3-1. The Mastodons won the first set 25-23 before dropping the final three, 25-22, 33-31, and 25-23.
Eddie Rivera recorded a team-high 16 kills while Ramon Burgos tallied 13 kills at a .385. As a team, the Mastodons hit .242 compared to .333 by Saint Francis. Omar Rivera and Keegan Robbins split duties as IPFW's setter, recording 28 and 21 assists, respectively.
Lewis vs. Brigham Young (Utah)
In its first victory of the season, the No. 13 Lewis Flyers upset the No. 2 Brigham Young Cougars on Friday evening, 3-2. The Flyers got down the first two sets 21-25 and 19-25 before storming back to take set three 25-20, set four 25-18 and set five 15-9.
Lewis struggled to get out of the gates against the Cougars, hitting .050 and .000 in the first two sets. Things turned around for the Flyers in the final three sets as the team hit .647 in set three, .391 in set four and .412 in the fifth to concluded at a .262 clip for the evening.
Geoff Powell once again led the Flyers offensively with 24 of the teams 52 kills. Powell hit .767 for the evening after only committing one error in 30 attempts. Bj Boldog recorded a match-high 47 assists.
Lewis improves to 1-3 on the season while handing BYU its first loss of the season.
Ohio State vs. UCLA
No. 5 UCLA handed No. 10 Ohio State its first loss of the season as the Bruins defeated the Buckeyes 3-2 at the Outrigger Invitational. The two teams alternated games as Ohio State took sets one and three (25-17 and 25-18) and UCLA took the second and fourth (25-22 and 25-18) before ultimately taking the fifth 15-13.
Ohio State outhit UCLA .268 to .228 as a team, but struggled to record kills, losing the kill battle 62-46. Michael Henchy recorded a team-high 16 kills at a .536 clip. Brennan Anderson led all players with 14 digs.
The Buckeyes fall to 2-1 on the season and will conclude the Outrigger Invitational against No. 7 Penn State on Saturday.