ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Four members of the MIVA conference competed on Friday evening in a pair of head-to-head matches. Lindenwood traveled to Lewis for its fifth conference match of the season and Loyola-Chicago hosted Quincy in what was Loyola's first conference match of the season.
No. 14 Lewis vs. Lindenwood
The No. 14 Lewis Flyers defeated Lindenwood in straight sets on Friday evening, winning by scores of 25-20, 25-18, and 25-10. The Flyers remain undefeated at 3-0 in MIVA play as Lindenwood falls to 1-4 in the MIVA.
The Flyers' Geoff Powell led all players on the floor with 14 kills while teammate Eric Fitterer added 11. Fitterer hit .667 for the match. Tim Huizinga and Colin Hackworth led the Lions with nine kills apiece. BJ Boldog of Lewis recorded a floor-high 34 assists.
Lindenwood had a slight edge early in the first set, but after a three-point swing gave the momentum to Lewis, the Flyers never turned back. Lewis finished off the match winning the final ten points.
Lewis improves to 7-5 on the year while Lindenwood falls to 1-5. Lewis will host Quincy tomorrow evening while Lindenwood will head to Loyola-Chicago.
Loyola-Chicago vs. Quincy
The Ramblers improved to 8-5 on the year and are a perfect 1-0 in the MIVA as they defeated Quincy in four sets on Friday evening. Loyola-Chicago won by scores of 26-24, 25-16, 25-15, and 25-14. Quincy falls to 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the MIVA.
Quincy was held to a .036 clip for the evening and committed 35 errors in the defeat. Loyola-Chicago posted a team clip of .302 while recording 44 team kills on only 15 errors.
Joseph Smalzer of Loyola recorded a team-high 10 kills while Steven Battaglia of Quincy also had 10 kills. Both setters each recorded 34 assists (Diego Rodriguez of Loyola and Chris Lynch of Quincy) and Peter Jasaitis and Dainis Berzins of Loyola led the floor with eight digs apiece.
Loyola will host conference newcomer Lindenwood tomorrow evening while Quincy will head to Lewis for a match-up.