ROMEOVILLE - The No. 9 Lewis University men's volleyball team made quick work of the two-time defending national champions, No. 3 Ohio State, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-23) Thursday (Feb. 22) in a Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association match at Neil Carey Arena.
The win moves the Flyers to 10-4 on the season, 4-1 in the MIVA, while the Buckeye's eight-game winning streak was snapped and they are now 11-3 overall, 4-1 in the MIVA.
Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) paced the Flyers with 21 kills and a .514 hitting percentage (21 kills, 3 errors, 35 attacks). He also had six digs and two aces.
Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) added eight kills, while Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) had 30 assists, Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) recorded four block assists and Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) had eight digs.
For the match the Flyers hit .373 (39-8-83), while Ohio State hit .338 (38-11-80). The Flyers had five aces, five blocks and 26 digs for the match, while OSU totaled one ace, two blocks and 28 digs.
Lewis built a quick lead in the first set as a 7-1 run opened up a 10-4 lead. Ohio State battled back to make it a 12-9 game, but Lewis was quick to respond with five of the next six points as Perinar had a pair of kills in the run.
The momentum continued for the Flyers as they built a 24-15 advantage after back-to-back kills from Coenen and Coenen also finished off the set with a kill, his sixth of the set.
The teams traded points throughout the second set before the Flyers took the lead for good at 12-11 on a service error. It was a 15-14 advantage when they reeled off five straight points to take a 20-14 lead. The Buckeyes staved off three straight set points before Coenen's seventh kill of the set finished off the set and gave Lewis a 2-0 advantage.
Lewis fell behind 7-3 in the third set, but responded with four straight points to tie the match, thanks to kills from Coenen, Perinar and Kyle Bugee (Los Altos, CA/Homestead). OSU answered with three straight points, but the Flyers came back again and tied the set at 11-11 after three straight Coenen kills.
The Flyers took their first lead of the set at 14-13 on an ace by Coenen. The two teams traded leads from there until a Coenen kill gave the Flyers the lead for good at 22-21. TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) followed that up with a kill. After an error, Perinar recorded a kill to give Lewis a 24-22 advantage. Following an OSU kill, it had a service error, ending the match.
The victory was the ninth straight at home for the Flyers, who are at home again Saturday when they host MIVA rival McKendree at 7 p.m.