MIVA Player and Coach of the Year Honors for Lewis Flyers

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Matt Yoshimoto Named MIVA Player of the Year; Dan Friend Named MIVA Co-Coach of the Year

Published: April 11, 2019.

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) (2009). Friend earns his second MIVA Coach of the Year honor also winning it in 2015.

The following Flyers made the All-MIVA First Team: redshirt-junior outside hitter Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin), redshirt-sophomore middle hitter Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS), redshirt-senior libero Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) and Yoshimoto. Redshirt-senior outside hitter Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) and redshirt-sophomore middle blocker TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington HS) picked up All-MIVA Second Team accolades.

"I'm really proud of the team, staff and support staff," Friend said. "Anytime you garnish postseason honors it takes a lot of work from everyone. We have a great group in all areas that helped us excel.

"These particular individuals (Yoshi, Tyler, Ryan, Simmons, TJ and Julian) really put the physical and mental work in to have a great year.

Yoshimoto guided the Flyers to a 13-1 record in MIVA play and a regular season title. He averaged 10.10 assists per set in league play, second best in the MIVA. His 61 aces on the season, and 30 in MIVA play, led the league. He was a First Team All-MIVA selection in 2017.

"Yoshi had a fantastic year and helped us sustain a high level of play," Friend said. "I'm excited for him as his coach and look forward to his impact on the postseason.

Coenen earns his third straight All-MIVA First Team honor. He leads the offensive attack for Lewis this season averaging 3.19 kills per set while hitting .285. Coenen is also averaging 1.21 digs per set, 0.64 blocks per set and served 35 aces, second most on the team.

Mitchem leads MIVA with a .501 hitting percentage and is second in blocks per set with 1.11. He was named MIVA Offensive Player of the Week three times this season.

Moses is third on the team in kills with 207, second in kills per set with 2.44 and fourth in digs with 108. He was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week on March 4 after his performance in the win at Loyola.

Murray is second in MIVA with a .450 hitting percentage and seventh in the conference in total blocks with 84. He is fourth on the team in kills with 171 and his 1.92 kills per set are fifth on the team.

Simmons earns his third first team All-MIVA honors in his career. He was third in MIVA in digs per set with 2.19 and fourth in overall digs with 179. He was named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week on March 19.

Friend shard the MIVA Coach of the Year honors with McKendree's Nickie Sanlin. Friend has guided the Flyers to a 22-5 record this season and their second outright MIVA regular season title in school history.

"I'm very thankful and appreciative," Friend said. "Our staff worked hard this year and it is a staff award for sure."

Top seeded Lewis hosts No. 8 seed Quincy in the quarterfinal round of the MIVA Tournament on Saturday (April 13) at 7 p.m. at Neil Carey Arena.

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