ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – Sophomore Ian Karbiener (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) hit .400 with 17 kills and seven digs in a losing effort against No. 4 Stanford on Friday evening at Neil Carey Arena in front of 1,356 fans. The Cardinal bested the Flyers 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17).
Stanford controlled the first two sets by controlling the net, recording 12.0 of their 15.5 blocks in the first two games.
“Especially in the beginning Stanford had success blocking and it took us a little while to settle down,” head coach Dan Friend said. “But we came out well in the third game and found a groove.”
Lewis hit .542 in the third set. Karbiener swung nine times and recorded seven kills with no errors. The Flyers took a 20-15 lead in the third frame thanks to a 5-0 run. Redshirt freshman Michael Adams (Webster Groves, Mo./St. Louis University High School) was subbed in to serve during the stretch and delivered an ace and several serves which kept the Cardinal offense on their heels. When Stanford advanced within three at 22-19 Lewis asked for time. Out of the break the Flyers went to Karbiener who delivered with an exclamation point kill.
“Ian had a nice game and progressively got better as the match went on,” Friend said.
While Lewis had the momentum going into the fourth set, it was Stanford who grabbed a quick 5-2 lead and forced a Lewis timeout. A five point run for Stanford in the middle of the set all but ended Lewis’ hopes.
“After the third set we had an opportunity but they stepped it up in the fourth,” Friend said. “We have to match that level.”
Stanford finished the match out-hitting Lewis .370 to .277. The Flyers committed 21 service errors while Stanford had just 11.
“For us to improve were going to need to keep getting better from the service line and in serve-receive,” Friend said. “That’s going to be the key going forward.”
Redshirt sophomore Jay Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) added 12 kills with six digs. Redshirt freshman BJ Boldog (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) totaled 44 assists.
Stanford improves to 7-2. Lewis falls to 6-2.
Lewis hosts MSOE on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a match which was postponed from last week.