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Mastodons Knock Off 10th-Ranked Lewis

February 21, 2014


Powered by 18 kills from Eddie Rivera and 16 from Andrew Sellan, the IPFW men's volleyball team upset No. 10 Lewis in a thrilling five-set match on Thursday night inside the Gates Sports Center.<br />< br />< div> Reigning MIVA Offensive Player of the Week Bryan Saunders chipped in 13 kills for the 'Dons while Ramon Burgos and Nick Smalter added nine apiece. Omar Rivera handed out a season-best 57 assists and Sellan finished with three aces.<br /> <br /> The Mastodons jumped on the 10th ranked Flyers early on, claiming the first two sets to take a commanding lead. The high-powered IPFW offense punished the Lewis defense with 18 and 19 kills, respectively, in the first two frames while operating at a .554 clip.<br /> <br /> Lewis (9-4, 1-2 MIVA), who entered the match having won eight of its last nine matches, would not go down though without a fight.<br /> <br /> The Flyers held off the Mastodons in the third stanza to force a fourth set where the 'Dons struggled to get anything going offensively. IPFW dug itself into a big hole early in the frame, falling behind 12-5, and were never able to overcome the deficit. The Mastodons cut Lewis' lead to four, 15-11, after back-to-back kills by Omar Rivera and Saunders, but another big run by the Flyers would send the match to a deciding fifth set.<br /> <br /> The two squads went back and forth to start the final set until a 3-1 run by Lewis gave the Flyers a 9-7 advantage. However, the Mastodons would rally back, fueled by four kills from Sellan, to capture their fifth straight victory.<br /> <br /> Eddie Rivera added a season-high 14 digs to his 18 kills to register his third double-double of the year. Luis Bertran also picked up double figure digs with 11. Smalter and Saunders made a big impact at the net recording five and four blocks, respectively.<br /> <br /> The Mastodons (8-2, 3-1 MIVA) return to action on Saturday, February 22 when they travel to Chicago, Ill. to take on the top-ranked Loyola Ramblers beginning at 8 p.m. EST

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