No. 17 Lewis Defeats No. 24 Indianapolis 3-1
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - No. 17 Lewis defeated No. 24 Indianapolis in a dramatic 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 17-25, 32-30) decision on Tuesday evening to give the Flyers their 18th straight victory, a new program record.
Lewis defeated Indianapolis three times last season, halting the Greyhounds' 25-match win streak, topping them for the conference championship and ending their season in the NCAA Tournament. On Tuesday the Greyhounds were looking to earn a little revenge by stopping the Flyers from breaking the school record for consecutive victories. Instead Lewis topped the Greyhounds for the fourth straight time.
"It was a great match. Both clubs hustled, played scrappy defense and were relentless," head coach Lorelee Smith said. "I'm sure it was a fun match to watch, but it was nerve wracking to coach."
Despite playing their fourth conference road match in six days, the Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 advantage. Set one was tight, but a 5-2 run turned a 19-18 Lewis deficit into a 23-21 Flyers' lead. Junior Stephanie Sagat (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) and sophomore Lauren Seliga (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx) added the final two kills of the set.
Set two was closer than the eight-point margin indicates. The score was tied at 13 when Lewis scored four straight and pulled away. Set three was all Greyhounds after a 7-0 run.
Set four was one for the ages, featuring 13 ties and seven lead changes. The Flyers took a quick 5-2 lead, but the Greyhounds came right back to grab a 6-5 lead. Lewis then responded with an 8-1 run. Indianapolis chipped at the lead but the Flyers held a 20-14 advantage when the Greyhounds called their second timeout of the set. The break certainly benefited the Greyhounds as they stormed back to take eight of the next ten points and tie it at 22. Then it got interesting. Indianapolis had a 27-26 lead when senior Justina Begemann (Odessa, Mo./Odessa) and junior Sara deBuhr (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) delivered kills to give the Flyers match point. Indianapolis had another set point at 29-28 when two more deBuhr kills gave Lewis another match point. In total, Lewis fought off two set points and the Greyhounds fended off three match-points till senior Jackie Eichorst (Chicago, Ill./Immaculate Heart of Mary), subbed in to serve, delivered an ace for the 32nd point and the victory.
deBuhr finished with 13 kills, committing only one error and a .387 hitting percentage. She also recorded six blocks (one solo). Sophomore Danielle Mount (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) added nine kills and six block assists.
"Our two middles (deBuhr and Mount) were great. We rely on their blocking against Indianapolis since they run so fast," Smith said. "They not only delivered defensively, but they stayed in the game offensively."
Begemann had nine kills and four digs. Sagat totaled 12 kills and nine digs. Seliga added 13 digs. Senior Lauren Hatter (Avon, Ind./Avon) had her best match of the year according to Smith, finishing with a season-high 17 digs.
The Flyers improve to 19-3 (11-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference) while Indianapolis is 20-5 (9-3 GLVC). Lewis travels back to Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday to play in the Inaugural GLVC/GLIAC Crossover. Lewis will face Wayne State, Michigan Tech and Ferris State.