WILLIAMSVILLE, Ill. – The No. 2 seed Lewis University women’s volleyball team swept No. 6 Maryville on Saturday (Nov. 18) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Semifinals. The Flyers hit .400 in the match, and won each set by at least eight points.
No. 13 Lewis 25-6 | Maryville 17-12
Kills: Juliana Van Loo (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) (11), Bella Ray (Plainfield, Ill./Joliet Catholic) (11), Megan Schlechte (Strasburg, Ill./Stewardson-Strasburg) (10)
Digs: Ally Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) (16), Chloe Fornetti (Caledonia, Mich./East Kentwood) (7)
Assists: Lauren Stenman (Maplewood, Minn./North St. Paul) (40)
Blocks: Emma O’Neill (Papillion, NE/Papillion La Vista South) (5), Stenman (3), Ray (3)
Aces: Stenman (3), Hickey (2)
Set 1: Lewis 25, Maryville 13
Neither side could break away early, with the score tied at four before Lewis broke off a 7-2 run with three kills and two blocks. The Flyers kept pushing, with back-to-back kills by Ray increasing the lead to 19-10.
After Maryville scored two in a row, Lewis used a 5-0 burst to reach set point, and Schlechte finished the set win with a kill. The Flyers held the Saints to a .069 attack percentage in the opening frame.
Set 2: Lewis 25, Maryville 17
Maryville took the first two points of the second set, and held off Lewis early to hold a 6-4 lead. The Flyers were undeterred, using a 3-0 run to grab the lead, and later a 5-0 charge with four kills and a service ace by Stenman gave Lewis a 13-8 advantage.
The Saints took the next two points, but the Flyers pulled away again with a 7-2 push with five kills that brought the lead to 22-14. Lewis finished off the set with a block by O’Neill and Van Loo, hitting .419 in the set.
Set 3: Lewis 25, Maryville 16
Maryville earned two of the first three points in set three, but the Flyers offense was too much to handle, ripping off an 8-1 run with six kills to take a commanding lead. The Saints fought back with its only 3-0 run of the match to bring the deficit back down to three, at 10-7.
Both teams went blow-for-blow for a bit, with Maryville getting to within two points at 13-11, before a 4-0 Lewis run restored some cushion to the lead. The Saints wouldn’t back down, getting back to within four points at 20-16.
Then, the Flyers put the match away by securing the final five points, as Stenman earned an ace to finish the victory. Lewis hit an outstanding .467 in the…