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Flyers Comeback Attempt Comes Up Short Against No. 1 Hawaii In Semifinals

Flyers Comeback Attempt Comes Up Short Against No. 1 Hawaii In Semifinals

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The No. 6 Lewis men's volleyball team's 2019 season came to an end on Thursday in four set loss to No. 1 Hawaii (15-25, 17-25, 32-30, 16-25) in the NCAA Semifinals at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. The Flyers end their season with a record of 26-6 while the Rainbow Warriors improve to 28-2 and move on to Saturday's championship contest against Pepperdine or Long Beach.

Lewis was held to a .221 hitting percentage in the contest and was led by Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) with 18 kills and nine digs. Mitche Perinar and Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS) added 13 and 12 kills respectively. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) had 42 assists.

Hawaii put pressure on the Flyers with its service game recording 10 aces to just one for Lewis.

The Rainbow Warriors took a 6-1 lead to begin the contest but the Flyers fought back to within 8-6 with a 5-2 run. Hawaii seized control of the set with a 9-3 run to build an eight-point advantage. Lewis wouldn't get closer than seven points the rest of the stanza as the Rainbow Warriors won the opener 25-15.

The Flyers held a 15-14 advantage midway through set two but Hawaii closed the set on an 11-2 run to win the frame 25-17 and take the commanding 2-0 lead.

The third stanza featured 13 ties and one lead change. Lewis trailed by as many as four in the set but was able to tie things up at 221 on an ace from Mitchem. The two sides then proceeded to exchange the next 18 points as the Flyers fought off match point six different times to keep extending the match.

Lewis grabbed a 30-29 lead on a kill from Perinar but the Rainbow Warriors came right back to even the set at 30 on a kill from Stijn van Tilburg. The Flyers got another kill from Perinar for its second set point and then Mitchem and Perinar teamed up to stuff van Tilburg at the net to give Lewis the 32-30 set win.

Hawaii used a 7-3 run early in set four to extend a one-point lead to five and never allowed the Flyers to get closer than four the rest of the set. Lewis cut the deficit to 19-13 on a kill from Coenen but the Rainbow Warriors scored six of the last nine points to win the set 25-16.

Hawaii hit .368 for the match and was led by Colton Cowley with 15 kills while van Tilburg and Rado Parapunov had 11 kills each. Joe Worsley dished out 48 assists and had a match-high 10 digs.