Loyola Rallies For 3-2 Win Over No. 6 Lewis

CHICAGO – No. 6 Lewis men’s volleyball was a set away from sweeping the season series from Loyola for the first time since 2008. However the Flyers will have to wait another year to accomplish that goal as Loyola rebounded for a 3-2 (24-26, 25-27, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12) victory over the Flyers at Gentile Arena on Tuesday (March 27).
The Flyers jumped out to a 15-10 lead in the opening set forcing Loyola to use their second time out. The break worked as the Ramblers reeled off five straight points to knot the score at 15. Neither team could take a lead of more than one until junior Jay Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) pounded down an errant Loyola overpass off a serve from his brother freshman Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North). Loyola turned away a pair of Lewis set points until it was Jay Petty once again slamming down an errant Loyola overpass for point 26.
A Lewis block gave the Flyers a 6-5 advantage in set two. A lead they held all the way until 24-24 when Loyola turned away a second straight Lewis set point on a Cody Caldwell kill. Lewis eventually won the set 27-25. Sophomore setter BJ Boldog (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) snuck down a second touch attack for a kill on point 26. Senior Matt Gallik (Evergreen Park, Ill./Brother Rice) and Jay Petty then combined for a block on point 27.
The Ramblers hit .481 in the third set and .385 in the fourth set to force a deciding fifth frame.
Things looked good for the Flyers in the fifth after Lewis took a 7-4 lead. Loyola, however, responded with a 6-1 push to take a 10-8 advantage and force Lewis to use their final timeout. A Loyola service error followed by a Loyola attack error tied it at 10. The score was tied at 12 when the Ramblers scored the match’s final three points to win 15-12.
The fifth set featured nine ties and five lead changes.
“When you’re up 2-0 you need to finish it,” Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. “We didn’t do that tonight.”
Jay Petty led Lewis with 17 kills. He also had nine digs and four service aces. Junior Ian Karbiener (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) had 11 kills for the Flyers.
Loyola improves to 16-10 (7-3 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association). Lewis falls to 19-5 and 5-2 in the MIVA.

The Flyers continue MIVA play on Saturday with a crucial road contest at Ohio State. First serve is set for 7 p.m. ET.