No. 1 Lewis Men's Volleyball earns five AVCA All-America accolades
Published: May 5, 2015.
No. 1 Lewis University men's volleyball has earned five 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association DI-II All-American accolades. Senior outside hitter Geoff Powell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) has been named a First Team All-American while senior outside hitter Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), senior opposite hitter Eric Fitterer (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville), junior middle blocker Bobby Walsh (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel) and senior libero Lucas Yanez (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) have all claimed Second Team All-American honors. The five honorees are the most in program history for a single-season.
"I'm excited and proud of the individual guys and the team," Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. "This is a great accomplishment for this group of young men. They have had a fantastic year and are excited to continue their season and play another match together."
Powell is the first Flyer since Victor Rivera (1996-99) to be honored three consecutive times by the AVCA with two first team honors and one second team accolade. Powell was recently named to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Tournament Team after hitting .567 with 18 kills and a single error on 30 attempts in the MIVA Championship match. The senior was selected to the All-MIVA First Team this year. Powell had 16 matches with double-digit kills, two of those were double-doubles.
This is the first time Walsh has been named All-American, picking up Second Team honors. The middle leads the NCAA in blocks per set with 1.53. Walsh collected an AVCA Player of the Week Award this year along with All-MIVA First Team honors this year. The junior also claimed the Off The Block / Springbak National Blocker of the Year award.
Petty is named Second Team after being named Honorable Mention in the 2014 season. Petty was an All-MIVA First Team selection this season. The outside produced double-digit kills in 18 matches this season with at least one ace in 24 of the 28 matches he played.
Fitterer nabs his first AVCA All-American Second Team award after leading the Flyers in aces with 38. He is tenth in the nation for aces per set (.43). The senior claimed All-MIVA First Team honors as well as being named to the MIVA All-Tournament team.
This is the first honor Yanez has received from the AVCA. Yanez picks up this honor after being named All-MIVA First Team. The Libero has 182 digs on the season.
The Flyers (26-3) are the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament at Stanford University. Lewis will play the winner of Penn State and Hawaii on Thursday (May 7) at 10 p.m. CT in the NCAA Semifinals
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