NCAA Men's Volleyball Countdown: No. 6 Lewis
The No. 6 spot goes to Lewis this year, and here's why:
The Flyers have youth and promise at both setter and outside hitter.
19-13 overall, 10-6 in MIVA (fourth place)
2-1 in MIVA Tournament (lost 3-2 at Ohio State)
Final 2016 RPI: 12
Team Hitting Percentage: .306 (#7 in NCAA)
Team Blocks Per Set: 2.46 (#7)
RETURNING STARSMitch Perinar | 6-foot-6 | Sophomore | Opposite
3.15 kills/set; .325 (#21 in NCAA); 0.61 blocks/set
Jacob Schmeigelt | 6-6 | Senior | Middle Blocker
1.63 kills/set; .427; 1.03 blocks/set (#20 in NCAA)
Trevor Weiskircher | 6-7 | Senior | Outside Hitter
2.32 kills/set; .273; 0.48 blocks/set
Jake Walenga | 6-0 | Sophomore | Libero
2.04 digs/set (#27 in NCAA)
Julian Moses | 6-4 | Sophomore | Outside Hitter
3.00 kills/set; .252; 0.61 blocks/set
PROMISING NEWCOMERSDanny Maurer | 6-8 | Junior | Middle Blocker (transfer from Cal Baptist)
Ryan Coenen | 6-9 | Redshirt Freshman | Outside Hitter
Jacob Kerschner | 6-4 | Redshirt Freshman | Setter
Dalen Instenes | 6-5 | Redshirt Freshman | Outside Hitter
Kyle Bugee | 6-5 | Freshman | Outside Hitter
Ryan Van Loo | 6-3 | Freshman | Setter
BIGGEST LOSSESBobby Walsh | 6-9 | Middle Blocker
3.15 kills/set, .471 (#3 in NCAA); 1.11 blocks/set (#13
Scott Fifer | 6-3 | Setter
9.73 asssists/set (#16 in NCAA); 0.67 blocks/set
Patrick Lilly | 6-5 | Opposite
1.15 kills/set; .271; 0.18 blocks/set
Non-Conference Matches to Watch
January 6 vs. BYU
January 14 vs. Pepperdine
March 8 at UCLA
Coach Dan Friend (12th season) needs to replace graduated setter Scott Fifer, but Friend thinks has a good one in "very athletic" 6-5 sophomore Matt Yoshimoto. Six-foot-six senior middle blocker Jacob Schmeigelt is recovering nicely from offseason surgery but will get competition from 6-8 Cal Baptist transfer Danny Maurer and 6-9 senior John Hodul. Six-foot-nine redshirt freshman Ryan Coenen is leading the outside hitter pack, with 6-5 true freshman Kyle Bugee battling 6-7 senior Trevor Weiskircher for OH2. Six-foot-six sophomore Mitch Perinar will be the opposite, and sophomore Jake Walenga will start the season at libero.
Everyone in the MIVA will be chasing Ohio State; Lewis will need a lot from its young outsides to hold off Loyola and Ball State for second place.
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