Penn State Men's Volleyball Sweeps Lewis 3-0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill.-For the second time this season, Penn State swept the Lewis men's volleyball team. The Nittany Lions (17-3) beat the Flyers (15-8) 30-25, 30-27, 31-29.
Both teams struggled offensively as neither team was hitting above .300 through the first two games of the match. Penn State was able to close above the .300 mark finishing at .350 collectively and was led by Carlos Guerra's match-high 19 kills. Setter Jose Quinones played a solid all-around match collecting six kills, six digs and two blocks while passing out 39 assists.
In each game the score was 15-13 at the midpoint with Penn State leading games one and two and Lewis leading game three. Typically it was at this point that Penn State would produce a burst necessary to gain distance in the game.
For example, in game one the Nittany Lions utilized two blocks and a Lewis hitting error to push the score to 18-14 and garner the necessary momentum to win the game.
Penn State's push in game two came a bit later, but was every bit as effective. Leading 23-22 with Lewis serving, Penn State quickly pushed the game to 28-24 and eased in with its 30-27 win.
Contributing to Lewis' demise were the poor fortunes of outside hitters Fabiano Barreto and Victor Bird. Both players had a negative hitting percentage through the first two games and Barreto finished at .029, while Bird closed at -.118.
Picking up the slack were Lewis middles, Kevin Miller and James Elsea. Miller posted a team-best .706 hitting percentage with 12 kills on 17 attacks and also added four blocks. Meanwhile, Elsea posted nine kills and three blocks.