Petty Records 23 Kills In No. 7 Lewis Men's Volleyball's 3-1 Win Over No. 8 Ohio State

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. -  Behind 23 kills from junior Jay Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) and a 12.5 to 5.5 advantage in blocks, No. 7 Lewis men’s volleyball defeated defending National Champion No. 8 Ohio State 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18) Thursday (Feb. 23) evening in front of a capacity crowd at Neil Carey Arena.
 
Lewis started slow, dropping the opening set by 10 points and getting out-hit .526 to .095. Petty was a big reason Lewis rallied to win the match as recorded 22 of his 23 kills in the final three sets.
 
The match seemed to turn in the second set. Lewis trailed 9-7 when four straight Lewis points forced the Buckeyes to ask for time. Petty started the four-point burst with a kill. The Flyers took the frame by four points and the next two by identical 25-18 scores. Lewis jumped out to a 4-1 lead in both the third and fourth sets.
 
“After that first game he (Jay) was our go to guy,” Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. “In big matches you’re going to have to have guys step up and do that.”
 
Lewis committed just two service errors in the final two sets.

“As a team we really adapted as the match went on,” Friend said.

Petty finished with a .425 hitting percentage with six block assists and four digs. Lewis received big contributions from their middles. Senior Matt Gallik (Evergreen Park, Ill./Brother Rice) hit .600 with seven kills and six block assists. Senior Aaron Flick (North Ridgeville, Ohio/St. Edward) hit .533 (8-0-15) while recording four blocks (one solo).
 
Sophomore setter BJ Boldog (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) ran a Lewis offense which out-hit the Buckeyes .343 to .276. Boldog finished with 44 assists and six block assists.

“BJ did a great job distributing the ball from some different locations and some different spots,” Friend said.
 
Boldog combined with Gallik for a block on match point.
 
The crowd, dressed in black for a “Black Out”, saw Lewis defeat Ohio State at Neil Carey Arena for a second consecutive season. Last year the Flyers were the only Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association team to defeat Ohio State.
 
The Buckeyes fall to 11-5 (2-1 MIVA). Lewis improves to 11-3 (3-1 MIVA). Lewis is at Lindenwood on Saturday.

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