Tyler Mitchem put down 14 kills with no errors on 20 swings and Lewis swept Penn State 25-23, 27-25, 25-20 in Tuesday’s second match of the NCAA men’s volleyball tournament at the Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Ryan Coenen added 12 kills and setter Kevin Kauling had a double-double (37 assists-10 digs) for the Flyers (21-2). Lewis puts its 13-match winning streak on the line in Thursday’s second national semifinal against second-seeded BYU.
Sixth-seeded Penn State (22-4) was led by Cal Fisher (13 kills, 2 aces) and Brett Wildman (10 kills, 2 aces).
The Flyers outblocked the Nittany Lions 8-2.
It was the second consecutive tournament that Penn State was eliminated in the opening round. In 2017, also at Ohio State, Hawai’i rallied for a 3-2 victory.
Also on Tuesday, Lewis assistant coach Bryan Johnwick was named the AVCA’s assistant of the year. He is in his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Flyers and his third as the full-time assistant.