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Lewis men’s volleyball team falls in 5 sets at Ball State

Lewis University's Ryan Coenen (front) returns a serve against Loyola on March 15 at  Lewis University's Neil Carey Arena in Romeoville.
Lewis University's Ryan Coenen (front) returns a serve against Loyola on March 15 at Lewis University's Neil Carey Arena in Romeoville.

MUNCIE, Ind. – The No. 7 Lewis men’s volleyball team had its 11-match winning streak snapped in a five-set loss at No. 15 Ball State University on Saturday. The Flyers fall to 18-5 overall and 9-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, while the Cardinals improve to 13-11 and 4-5 in MIVA play.

Lewis was outhit in the match .272-to-.226 and had 53 kills compared with 66 for Ball State. Ryan Coenen led three Flyers in double figures with 23 kills, while Julian Moses and Tyler Mitchem added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Matt Yoshimoto recorded another double-double with 43 assists and 15 digs, and Michael Simmons had a match-high 17 digs.

Lewis trailed by as many as five on multiple occasions in the opening set, but were never able to get closer than two points in the frame as the Cardinals would go on to win, 25-21, in the frame. Matt Szews had six of the team’s 12 kills in the stanza.

In the second set, Ball State came back to take a 23-21 lead. Coenen recorded back-to-back kills to tie it at 23. The Cardinals had three chances to close out the set, but each time Lewis scored to extend the match. Mitchem gave the Flyers their first set point at 27-26 but Ball State extended the match with a kill from Szews. Lewis would go onto win the set 29-27 on a kill from Moses and an error from Siebum.

The Flyers hit .381 in the middle set and led by as many as eight points at 10-2 and after the Cardinals pulled to within four points, Lewis scored nine of the final 13 points to win the set, 25-16. Ball State dominated the fourth set hitting .361 and the Flyers held an early lead in the fifth set, but were unable to maintain it. Lewis got as close as 10-8 on a kill from Coenen but Ball State scored five of the final seven points of the match to win 15-10.


Plainfield East 7, Providence Catholic 0: Jack Crowder was outstanding for the Bengals, as he limited the Celtics to two hits over five innings. Crowder struck out seven in his stint on the mound, while Dylan Sullivan finished things with two innings of one-hit baseball. Crowder and Andrew Hill each had two hits for East (4-0). Hill also had two RBIs.

Lemont 6, T.F. North 4: The Indians picked up their first win of the season by getting off to a quick start, scoring all six of their runs in the first two innings. Anthony Fornero and James Tauer each had two hits for Lemont (1-2).

Plainfield Central wins often in Tennessee: The Wildcats had little trouble in the Wilson County Invitational. They opened with a 16-2 victory over Page (Tennessee) as Jac Lindish had a field day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with eight RBIs. Jake Donahue also was 2-for-2 with four runs scored. They also toppled the school Wilson County by a 14-2 score. Justin Divelbiss had three hits to lead a potent Wildcat offense, while Lindish and Nate Buchan each had home runs. On Saturday, the Wildcats switched venues to Lebanon and kept winning, earning a 4-2 win over Station Camp (Tennessee) in 11 innings. Charlie Bischoff and Daniel Guiliano each had two hits.

Joliet Catholic wins a pair: On Saturday, the Hilltoppers (4-1) breezed to a 14-4, five-inning victory over Yorkville, thanks in large part to an eight-run second inning. Nick Iannantone had four hits, while Danny Allen also chipped in three in support of winning pitcher Mike Gurka. On Friday, JCA edged Neuqua Valley, 6-5, by pushing across two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Christian Knapczyk, Max Cullen and Zak Gould all had two-hit games.

Wilmington 15, Gardner-South Wilmington 2: The Wildcats (3-1) connected for 15 hits to earn the win. Eli Byrd had four hits to lead the varied Wilmington attack, while Justin Walinski picked up the pitching victory. On Friday, Wilmington needed only four hits to cruise to a 13-1 nonconference win over Dwight. Keaton Hopwood had two of the hits for the Wildcats, while Kyle Lewis picked up the win.

Joliet Central 2, Crete-Monee 1: The Steelmen (3-2) got a strong outing from Robert Farrell on the mound and picked up a nonconference victory. Farrell struck out eight over five-plus innings. On Friday, Joliet Central dropped an 8-3 decision to T.F. South as Farrell had two hits in the loss.

Plainfield North 3, Geneva 3: The Tigers were forced to settle for a tie. Eben Heine was strong is his three-inning stint on the mound, striking out seven.

Plainfield North 11, Bolingbrook 3: The Tigers got a four-hit day from Noah Mazza.

Lockport 3, Glenbrook South 1: The Porters used seven different pitchers who combined for 13 strikeouts in improving to 6-0 on the season. Alex Martinez and Collin Woulfe had doubles for Lockport.

Coal City 3, Beecher 0: The Coalers (3-1) leaned on six strong innings from Payton Hutchings (eight strikeouts, three hits allowed) to claim the nonconference victory.

Lincoln-Way East 4, Washington 3: Zack Jurgens smacked two doubles as the Griffins moved to 4-0 on the season.

Plainfield South 7, Downers Grove North 2: The Cougars claimed a nonconference win over the Trojans.

West Aurora 12, Romeoville 2: AJ Cappelletti and Julian Jiminez each had two- hit games for the Spartans, but it wasn’t enough.


Lincoln-Way Central 9, Providence 0: Amanda Weyh and Lyndsey Grein combined to strike out 10 batters as the Knights rolled to a nonconference win over the Celtics. Sydra Seville, Weyh, Gianna Niemeier and Torince Muczynski all had two-hit games for the Knights. Muczynski had three RBIs.

Gardner-South Wilmington 18, Donovan 3: Shelby Serena went 4-for-4 with three doubles for the Panthers and she also went the distance in the circle.


Lockport settles for 11th at Marist Invite: The Porters got wins over over Niles Notre Dame, Niles North and the Marist junior varsity squad but lost to St. Charles North and O’Fallon during the 24-team tournament.


St. Francis 8-9, Trinity International 0-0: The No. 23 Saints (10-4, 2-0) opened Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play in a road doubleheader. Leading USF in the opener were Jensen Crenshaw (3-for-3, three RBIs), Lindsey Andrews (two RBIs), Rachel Luckett (2-for-3), Danielle Callahan (2-for-4), Ashley Galason (2-for-3, three runs) and winning pitcher Hannah Vachon, who allowed one hit in five innings. In the second game, the Saints were paced by Paige Egan (3-for-4, two RBIs), Callahan (2-for-4), Galason (2-for-3), Crenshaw (2-for-3, two RBIs) and Hailey Lenth (2-for-3). Winner Madison Tucker allowed one hit, striking out five in four innings.

Lewis 5-3, Truman State 0-4: The Flyers (10-13, 3-2) took a 4-0 lead after two innings in the first game of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader. Lewis players who hit home runs were Morgan Weber, Cierra Taylor (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Elexi Swartzentruber. Cassie Shaw allowed six hits in seven innings to collect the victory. In the second game, Lewis fell in eight innings as Maddy Beck (2-for-3) and Taylor (2-for-2) were leaders.


Joliet 7-6, Illinois Valley 1-1: The Wolves (4-7) swept the doubleheader. In game one, Andrew Feola improved to 3-0 after throwing five innings where he allowed two hits, no earned runs and struck out out four. Other leaders were Same Andrade (2-for-2) and Cole Alstott (2-for-2, two RBIs). In the second game, Ethan Petric earned his first win of the season throwing a complete game by giving up five hits, allowing one run and striking out two. Gavin Grace was 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI.

St. Francis 5-8, Grand View 1-1: The Saints swept a nonconference doubleheader at Joliet Route 66 Stadium. In the opener, USF (13-11) was led by Michael Quiram (2-for-4, two RBIs) while John Riordan, winner Tyler Dome and Hunter Murawski combined to toss a seven-hitter. In the second game, the Saints scored seven runs in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Top performers in that contest were Jake LaSota (3-for-4, three RBIs) and Dolan Nicholson (2-for-2). Angel Sandoval got the complete-game win, allowing a run on four hits.

Missouri S&T 5-5, Lewis 4-2: The Flyers lost two Great Lakes Valley Conference road games. In the opener. Lewis was led by Brandon Post (2-for-5), Connor Rutherford (2-for-4) and Troy Hajdukovic (2-for-5). In the second game, the Flyers were paced by Post (2-for-3),

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