Lewis goes bigger and bigger signing in-state recruits

Lewis went near record-setting big with its latest recruiting class.

Coach Dan Friend announced Monday that high school seniors Joe Kenzinger, Colin McClintic and Jake Stepnowski each signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Flyers beginning in 2018.

“I am thrilled to be able to bring three Chicagoland area kids who come from fantastic clubs into the program,” Friend said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing them making an impact for our team.”


McClintic, 6-foot-11 opposite from Oswego, Illinois, will be one of the tallest players in Lewis’ program history and one of the tallest players in the nation as a freshman in 2018. The opposite in high school was a team captain and helped lead the team its first regional victory in program history.

Kenzinger, 6-foot-6 middle attacker from Chicago, earned all-conference honors as his high school team won the conference championship. He also has played with Ultimate Volleyball Club for the last three seasons.

Stepnowski, a 6-foot libero, has spent the last six years competing with Sports Performance Club Team, which is the same club for McClintic. In addition, Stepnowski has helped his club team to two second-place finishes at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships.

Lewis one-year removed from reaching the NCAA Tournament finals ended last season in fourth place in the MIVA and advanced to the conference tournament finals. The Flyers return a majority of starters for the upcoming season, including Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshman All-American opposite Mitch Perinar.