Preseason All-American Tyler Mitchem converted on a match-winning kill attempt as No. 6/7 Lewis defeated No. 8/8 UC Irvine 25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 25-20, 22-20 on Thursday in Irvine, California.
Mitchem finished with nine kills and a team-high three blocks, including a block during the 14-point overtime that set up the match-point.
Outside attacker Ryan Coenen led the Flyers with 19 kills. Middle attacker TJ Murray had 12 kills while hitting .458 and was one of the three Flyers with double-digit kills.
Setter Ryan Van Loo coming off the bench for the start of the third game guided the offense to a match-best .600 attack percentage in the fourth game and a .393 attack percentage in the decisive fifth game.
UC Irvine outside attacker Joel Schneidmiller in the loss had match-high 22 kills and hit .468.
Check out the video of the match-point courtesy of Virginia Pham.