- #9 Lewis University Flyers def. Harvard Crimson 3-2 (25-19, 19-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12)
- Lewis moves to 2-1, Harvard falls to 0-1
- Neil Carey Arena, Romeoville, Illinois
- Attendance: 410
- Match Stats
The 9th-ranked Lewis University men’s team picked up their second straight win by beating a hard-fighting Harvard team 3-2 on Friday. The game was the 3rd in a stretch of 4-straight to open the season, as the team welcomes in Pepperdine on Saturday.
In spite of this being Harvard’s first game of the season, they had the cleaner performance of the two. They had fewer attacking errors (22-26) and service errors (11-20) than did Lewis, and also had more blocks (11-6).
But a relentless Lewis offensive attack had 4 players in double figure kills, led by 23 from Ryan Coenen (7 errors, 47 attempts, .340 percentage). That’s more than the redshirt freshman had in the first two games of his career against BYU and NJIT combined.
In total, Lewis had 64 kills to just 44 for Harvard, which included the first 3 points of the decisive 5th set. Lewis jumped up to a 4-0 lead there, and in spite of a late Harvard effort led by a pair of kills from Casey White, were able to hold the lead to an eventual victory.
Harvar’ds top scorer in the game was Erik Johnsson with 10 kills (.108 percentage) and 2 block assists. White had 11 kills in the game. Bred Gretsch had the most balanced stat line for the Crimson with 6 kills, 5 blocks, and 14 digs.