- #10 Lewis Def. #8 CSUN 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-12, 25-20)
- #10 Lewis 4-3; #8 CSUN 5-2
- Romeoville, Illinois (Neil Carey Arena)
- Box score
ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS – All but one set were tough-fought until the end in a four-set match on Thursday night in which Lewis took the victory over the #8 ranked Matadors.
Lewis played clean volleyball, putting up only 10 attacking errors on the match, with none in the third and fourth sets. CSUN was held to a .206 clip, compared to Lewis’ .439 hitting percentage. The Flyers also out blocked the Matadors 14-4.
Lewis was led by Ryan Coenen with 12 kills and one error for a .579 hitting percentage. Two others posted double-figure kills in TJ Murray (.647) and Julian Moses (.182), with 11 and 10, respectively. They were fueled by setter Matt Yoshimoto, who tabbed 46 assists, three blocks, and five digs.
Leading the CSUN offense was opposite, Arvis Greene, with 22 kills on a .279 clip. Dimitar Kalchev also put up double-figure kills for the Matadors, with 14 on a .258 clip. Setter Schylar Lillethorup ran the offense with 35 assists.
Lewis’ next match will be Saturday afternoon hosting another Southern California squad, UCSB. The Matadors will also return to the court on Saturday to take on Loyola-Chicago.
Courtesy of Lewis Athletics
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The 10th ranked Lewis University men’s volleyball team ran its winning streak to four straight with a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-12, 25-20) victory over ninth ranked Cal State Northridge on Thursday evening at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers (4-3) hit .439 for the match and had 53 kills led by Ryan Coenen(Franklin, WI/Franklin) with 12.
Lewis trailed 11-7 in the opening set but after a timeout went on a 5-0 run to regain the lead. Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) teamed up with TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) for back-to-back blocks which sparked the run. The two sides then went back-and-forth but the Flyers were able to come out on top in the opener scoring six of the final nine points to win 25-21.
The Matadors (5-2) hit .381 in the second set and took advantage of seven service errors by Lewis to even the match at a set apiece with a 25-19 win. CSUN led by as many as seven points in the set but the Flyers cut the deficit to three points, however, were unable to get any closer.
Lewis dominated the third set racing out to an early five point lead and led by as many as 14 points on its way to the 25-12 victory. The Flyers hit .688 in the frame recording 11 kills against zero errors in 16 chances. Murray and Dalen Instenes(Racine, WI/William Horlick) had three kills each in the frame while Moses and Tyler Mitchum added two kills each.
Lewis raced out to another early lead in set four and were able to withstand a rally from the Matadors extending its lead to as many as six points after a kill from Coenen. CSUN got as close as 23-20 but a service error by Maciej Ptaszynski and an attack error by Arvis Greene gave the set to the Flyers 25-20.
Lewis hit .652 in the final set again recording zero attack errors while finishing with 15 kills in 23 chances. Coenen and Murray paced the offense with five kills each in the fourth set.
Coenen led three Flyers in double figures and was joined by Murray with 11 and Moses added 10. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) handed out 46 assists while Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) finished with 14 digs.
Lewis recorded a season-high 14.5 total blocks in the contest while the 31 digs were one off its season-high.
CSUN finished the match with an attack percentage of .206 and was led offensively by Greene with a match-high 22 kills while Dimitar Kalchev added 14 kills. Schylar Lillethorup dished out 35 assists and Greene had seven digs.
The Flyers return to the court on Saturday afternoon when they take on 15thranked UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. at Neil Carey Arena. The Gauchos lost in four sets (23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 17-25) at seventh ranked Loyola on Thursday evening.
Courtesy of CSUN Athletics
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The ninth-ranked CSUN men’s volleyball team dropped its second consecutive four-set match as No. 10 Lewis upset the Matadors 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-12, 25-20) Thursday at Neil Carey Arena.
CSUN (5-2) welcomed back senior All-American Arvis Greene who missed the last three matches with an injury. After a rough start, Greene led the Matadors with a season-high 22 kills, hitting .279 on 43 swings. Junior Dimitar Kalchev added 14 kills on .258 hitting but CSUN didn’t get much production from the rest of its hitters.
The Matadors, who came in leading the Big West in team blocking, were out-blocked for the second straight match as the Flyers piled up 14.5 team blocks to CSUN’s 4.0. The Matadors also were out-hit for the second time in as many matches as Lewis connected at a .439 clip to CSUN’s .206.
“Lewis played very well tonight, their blocking was far better than ours,” said CSUN head coach Jeff Campbell. “But even though we lost tonight, I thought we did some nice things and we’ll improve on our consistency at the net. Arvis hasn’t played in a match in three weeks and I thought it showed, he was just ok tonight but he’ll be better in our next match. We’ll get in a good practice tomorrow and be ready to go against Loyola on Saturday.”
After the host Flyers scored the first two points of the opening set, the Matadors used a 4-0 run to build a 6-3 lead following a block from Eric Chance and Maciej Ptaszynski. A Chance kill gave CSUN its largest lead of the frame at 11-7 when Lewis rallied for four straight to knot the score.
Another Flyer kill out of a Matador timeout gave Lewis the lead for good and despite closing to 22-21 on a late Greene kill, the hosts pulled away to win the set 25-21.
In set two, CSUN used a mini two-point run to extend an 8-6 lead to 10-6 forcing a Lewis timeout. The Matadors built the lead to as many as seven (14-7) on one of two Ptaszynski aces and CSUN’s lead didn’t dip below three the rest of the set.
The Matadors had trouble building on the momentum of set two as the Flyers claimed six of the first seven points to open the third set. The lead swelled to as many as 10 (14-4) following a Flyer ace and CSUN could never recover, dropping the set 25-12.
The Matadors fell behind 4-1 in the final set and played from behind the entire set. Still in range trailing 14-10, CSUN was outscored 4-2 over the next six points to fall behind 18-12. Another Greene kill pulled the Matadors within four at 19-15 and CSUN also trailed by four at 23-19 (following Ptaszynski’s second ace) but could get no closer.
Ryan Coenen led Lewis (4-3) with 12 kills and was one of three Flyer hitters to hit over .533 in the win.
CSUN wraps up the two-match trip Saturday afternoon against No. 7 Loyola-Chicago. First serve at Gentile Arena is scheduled for 12 p.m. PST/2 p.m. CST.