Sharking Upset: Long Island stuns No. 12 Lewis for first win against ranked team

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Add defeating a nationally ranked team to the list of accomplishments for the third-year program Long Island.

Middle attacker Arthur Sueur finished with a match-high nine blocks as Long Island upset No. 12 Lewis 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22 on Saturday in Romeoville, Illinois.

This is the first time in their program history the Sharks have defeated a team ranked in the national coaches poll. The defending NEC champions entered this match 0-13 all-time against nationally ranked opponents, including four losses this season.


Long Island (2-5, 0-0 NEC) limited Lewis to less than a .200 attack percentage and out-blocked the Flyers 15.5 to 5.5.

Along with Sueur, pin-hitter Gio Collazo had five blocks and a team-high 13 digs. Setter Jack Sarnowski also contributed four blocks against Lewis (5-3, 0-0 MIVA).

Sarnowski guided the Long Island offense to a .255 attack percentage, including the team hitting a match-best .452 in its opening-game win. In addition, three Sharks finished with double-digit kills.

Pin-hitters Livan Moreno and Kale Spencer each had a team-high 13 kills, while Collazo added 12 kills. Middle attacker Kasey Clouet also had nine kills and one error on a team-best .444 attack percentage.

Opposite Christian Prayer in the loss ended with a match-high 16 kills.

This is the first time in its program history that Lewis has lost to a NEC team. In addition, Lewis entered on a four-match winning streak that featured two victories against nationally ranked teams.