BRISTOL, Tenn. – No. 15 Lewis men’s volleyball won a pair of non-conference matches on Friday. Lewis swept Mount Olive (26-24, 25-15, 26-24) and defeated King 3-1 (25-20, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15).
King led the opening set 20-19 when the Flyers closed the stanza on a 5-1 run. Sophomore Jay Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) had two kills in the run. Lewis had scoring streaks of four, five and six to easily take the second set. Following a third set loss, Lewis took the match by winning the fourth set. The frame saw Lewis go on a 13-3 run to close out the match. King jumped out to a 7-3 lead, but the Flyers tied things at 8-8.
Junior Aaron Flick (North Ridgeville, Ohio/St. Edward) had 13 kills on .750 hitting. Fellow middle hitter Matt Gallik (Evergreen Park, Ill./Brother Rice) added eight kills. Petty had 11 kills and three aces.
“Aaron and Matt were good tonight,” head coach Dan Friend said of the King match. “The middles were driving our offense.”
Freshman BJ Boldog (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) recorded 32 assists and three solo blocks. Freshman Roberto Torres-Davis (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico/Colegio San Benito) and sophomore Ian Karbiener (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) both had nine digs.
Against Mount Olive, Petty had 12 kills. The Flyers used a 12-2 stretch late in the first set to rally back from a 22-14 deficit. Lewis trailed 24-22 when the Flyers scored the final four points of the frame. Petty had two kills and a solo block in the final four-point push.
Lewis dominated the second set, hitting .320 to Mount Olive's -.043. Lewis trailed 15-12 in the third set when Lewis asked for time. The Flyers came out of the break by scoring eight of the next 11 points. Like the first set however, Mount Olive was the first team to earn a set point at 24-23. A kill by Petty tied it up at 24 before a bad set by Mount Olive and a kill by senior Casey Bennett (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union/Long Beach City College) put the match away for Lewis.
"We were a little slow out of the gates but had a nice comeback in the first game,” Friend said. "We made some lineup changes in the third and they took a bit to acclimate themselves but were able to pull out the victory."
Petty finished with a .360 hitting percentage to go along with his 12 kills. He also had three blocks (two solo).
Mount Olive and King are both 0-1 while Lewis is 2-0. Lewis plays at Lees-McRae on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT.