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Men’s Volleyball Advances to MIVA Championship

The No. 7 Lewis men's volleyball team advanced to the MIVA Championship match for the fourth time in six years with a straight sets win over McKendree on Wednesday evening at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers improve to 24-5 on the season while the Bearcats end their season with a record of 13-13. Lewis, the top seed, will host Loyola, the second seed, in Saturday's championship match beginning at 7 p.m. at Neil Carey Arena. The two sides met twice in the regular season with the Flyers winning both matches by identical 3-1 scores. Lewis hit .408 in the match while holding McKendree to a .205 hitting percentage. Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) led the Flyers with 16 kills while Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) finished with eight and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington HS) added seven. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) had 31 assists and three aces. Yoshimoto set the Lewis single season record for aces in a season with his 64th ace in set two passing Bart Bachorski for the top spot. Coenen had nine digs to lead Lewis. The opening set was even at nine when the Flyers went on an 8-1 run to grab a 17-10 lead after one of Coenen's three aces in the match. The Bearcats cut the deficit to six a couple of times but were unable to get any closer as Lewis won the opener 25-17. The Flyers raced out to a 9-1 lead in the middle stanza and were still up eight just past the midway point when McKendree began to make a run. The Bearcats went on a 10-5 run to cut the Lewis lead to 23-20 after a service error by Coenen. The Flyers were able to close out the set though scoring two of the final three points on a pair of kills from Perinar. Lewis used a 7-3 run early in set three to extend a one-point into a five-point cushion on a kill from Perinar. That lead grew to as many as nine points after back-to-back McKendree attack errors. The Bearcats cut the margin seven but the Flyers were able to close it out with a service error. Ethan Carroll and Zach Schnittker led McKendree with 12 and 10 kills respectively. Ryan Serrano distributed 24 assists and had six digs.    [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

MIVA Player and Coach of the Year Honors for Lewis Flyers
Senior setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) was named the 2019 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year and Dan Friend was named 2019 MIVA Co-Coach of the Year on Thursday (April 11). Yoshimoto is the third player in school history to be named MIVA Player of the Year joining Victor Rivera (1998 and 1999) and Drew Pickering (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wauwatosa West)  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Use Your Imagination at PLT's 'Peter and the Starcatcher'
Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) will present   " Peter and the Starcatcher" a play by Rick Elice ("Jersey Boys" and  " Addams Family") based on the 2004 novel by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson. Elice’s play,  " Peter and the Starcatcher" ,  received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Elice) and won five Tonys. Before Wendy… before he was Captain  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Artists Honored at the President’s 11th Annual Art Show
Artwork by Lewis University students and alumni is currently on display in the President’s Eleventh Annual Art Exhibition at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery , located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The exhibit, free and available to the public, will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until April 26. This annual exhibition highlights the top artwork from Lewis University  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Pull a Plane at Lewis University to Support Special Olympics
     The ultimate tug-of-war competition is looking for teams to battle in pulling a 24-ton Republic Airways jet. Lewis University and Republic are the presenting sponsors of the Plane Pull event to raise funds and awareness to benefit athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.       The Plane Pull is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27, 2019, at Lewis University Airport, 1 George J. Michas Drive in Romeoville,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

President’s Recognition of Student Excellence in Mission
Three Lewis University students were honored April 4 at the Second Annual President’s Recognition of Student Excellence in Mission. Each Spring during Lasallian Heritage Month , Lewis University recognizes students with prestigious Lasallian Awards, honoring these individuals for their commitment to the Catholic and Lasallian Mission and core values of the University. The De La Salle Medallion  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Roman Ortega is Illinois’ ACT College and Career Champion
Roman Ortega Jr. of Lewis University was recently named the 2019 Illinois’ ACT College and Career Champion for his assistance to thousands of service members and their families as they attain higher education. The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Recognizes Outstanding Principal
Lewis University’s Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education presented the Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award to Lynne Scheffler, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Lockport during an April 4 celebration on the Romeoville Main Campus. “Lynne Scheffler, a leader in the field of Catholic education, personifies the Catholic values and principles of school  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Women’s Track and Field Wins Benedictine Relays
Lewis' women's track and field team won its third consecutive meet on Saturday winning the Benedictine Relays with a team score of 143 points. The Flyers won eight events at the two-day competition. Ashleigh Macleod (Mishawaka, IN/Penn) won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.41 winning the race by over five seconds. Kassady Learn (San Diego, CA/Rancho Bernardo) won the 1,500 meter run  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Students and Alumni Showcase Scholarship
Lewis University undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty showcased their scholarly work and creative endeavors April 11 during the Eighth Annual Lewis University Celebration of Scholarship. The day began with a keynote address from Brother Ernest J. Miller, FSC, Vice President for Mission at LaSalle University. His talk focused on Lasallian higher education, “Teach, Learn, Transform  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University to Honor Irish O’Reilly With Memorial Mass
Lewis University Athletics and University Advancement have announced that there will be a memorial Mass held for former Lewis baseball coach and Director of Admissions Irish O'Reilly on Saturday, May 4 prior to the Flyers' baseball game against Truman State. O'Reilly, who passed away on October 15, 2018, was the head baseball coach from 1979-2007 while also serving as the Director of Admissions.  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Students Earn Honors at Mathematical Conference
Four Lewis University students presented their research at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America March 29-30 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Two students earned recognition for their work. Senior mathematics major and data science and peace studies double minor Carly Maupin of Peotone, co-presented with sophomore mathematics and  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Chemistry Students Present at ACS National Meeting
      Chemistry students from Lewis University presented their research to thousands of chemists from around the world at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Expo in Orlando, Fla, from March 31 – April 3.       ACS is the world’s largest scientific society whose mission is to empower members to advance chemistry, elevate career potentials, expand networks, inspire future generations,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Celebration of Mike Cunningham is May 10 at Lewis University
The family of Dr. Michael Cunningham invites the Lewis University community to a memorial service for our beloved Professor Emeritus of English Studies, Mike Cunningham, who passed away on March 28. The memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. in the Sancta Alberta Chapel. Mike’s family members, especially his wife Linda Cunningham, former Director of the Lewis University Oakbrook site, plan to be  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Student Hears Voices from the Past
Casey Saglier, Lewis University history and paralegal major, hears voices, but this is a good thing. As the History Center student employee, she has spent the spring semester working with oral histories collected by Dr. Robert W. Sterling. “These histories offer us a unique insight of the past, and what life was like growing up in the area. People talked about their education, jobs, and the community.  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)