Michele Fellows Lewis Athlete Profile

#18 Michele Fellows Lewis

Michele Fellows Lewis
Positions: Outside Hitter, Middle Blocker Height: 6-0 Roster Years: 1990-1993 Hometown: Las Vegas, NV Hall of Fame: 2003 Last School: Bonanza High School

2003 BYU and 2013 Utah Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Over her four-year career at BYU, Lewis helped lead the women’s volleyball team to heights it had never before reached. During her last three years at BYU, Lewis led the Cougars to an 84-12 record, two WAC Championships and their first NCAA Final Four appearance.

Before coming to BYU, she was the captain of the 1989 and 1990 National Junior Olympic Champion Nevada Gold Team. She also helped lead Bonanza High to the 1987 Nevada State Championship and was selected first-team high school All-American by Volleyball Monthly.

Lewis played in 13 games as a freshman and continued to excel as a sophomore. That year she was named WAC Player of the Week for Oct. 14-19. She was also named Academic All-WAC, Cougar Club Academic Athlete, All-WAC second team and AVCA first team All-West. She led the Cougars in hitting percentage (.268) and aces (36), was second in kills (411) and was third in digs (339).

As a junior, Lewis continued to dominate, being named All-WAC first team, All-America second team by AVCA and honorable mention All-America by Volleyball Monthly. She was named AVCA first team All-West, Academic All-WAC and a Cougar Club Academic Athlete for the second year in a row. She also led BYU in hitting percentage again.

That season, Lewis led the Cougars to a 29-4 record, with all four losses coming against teams that made the Final Four.

As a senior, Lewis helped BYU to its first-ever Final Four appearance, the first by any WAC school. At the Final Four honors banquet, she was selected to speak on behalf of the All-Americans. Although BYU lost to Penn State, the season was one of the best in BYU women’s volleyball history.

Lewis won WAC Player of the Year honors that year, and was named All-WAC first team and All-America first team by the AVCA and Volleyball Monthly. She was also named AVCA first team for the third year in a row. She finished the season third in kills per game (3.94), fifth in career kills (1185) and seventh in career block assists (272).

After her career at BYU, she married Chad Lewis, the All-Pro tight end who won All-America honors as a Cougar. The couple has three children: Emily (17), Sarah (15), Jake (12), Jeff (9), Max (7) and twins Tanner and Todd (4).

Lewis taught math at American fork High School for two years and now performs charitable work with her husband in Utah and Philadelphia for organizations including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Eagles Fly for Leukemia, and the Eagle Youth Partnership.

Personal

  • Married to former BYU football player Chad Lewis and has seven children

Career Highlights

  • Named Academic All-WAC 1991
  • Cougar Club Scholar Athlete 1991
  • Second Team All-WAC 1991
  • First Team AVCA All-West 1991
  • Named First Team All-WAC 1992
  • Second Team All-America by AVCA 1992
  • Honorable Mention All-America by Volleyball Monthly 1992
  • Helped BYU to its first-ever Final Four appearance 1993
  • WAC Player of the Year 1993
  • Named First Team All-WAC 1993
  • First Team All-America by AVCA and Volleyball Monthly 1993
  • From head coach Elaine Michaelis (1990): "The best prepared freshman ever to sign with BYU. Highly skilled at all aspects of the game. One of the best freshman players in the country, but will need some time to adjust to Division I volleyball. An excellent student with a very good knowledge of the game and exceptional leadership qualities."
  • From head coach Elaine Michaelis (1991): A spirited player who provided enthusiasm off the bench last season. Will be a major force in the team's success this year. Played well on European tour last spring. A competitor with good all-around skills."

Before BYU

  • Captain of the 1989 and 1990 National Junior Olympic Champion Nevada Gold team
  • Led Bonanza High School to the 1987 Nevada State High School Championship
  • 1989 Mizuno Second Team High School All-American
  • Volleyball Monthly First Team High School All-American
  • 1990 Third Team Junior Olympic All-American

After BYU

  • Taught math at American Fork High School 
  • Performs charitable work with her husband in Utah and Philadelphia for organizations including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Eagles Fly for Leukemia and the Eagle Youth Partnership

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU hall of fame in 2003
  • Inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 2013

Stats

Year GP K E A Pct. SA BS BA TB Dig Ast.
1990 13 11 6 39 .128 2 2 0 2 15 0
1991 114 411 122 1078 .116 36 11 86 97 339 27
1992 108 353 106 892 .283 30 18 90 108 286 28

      

1990 | Freshman Year

  • Played in 13 games her freshman year
  • Garnered 11 kills, 15 digs, two blocks and two aces

1991 | Sophomore Year

  • Co-captain of the team
  • Named WAC Player of the Week for Oct. 14-19
  • Named Academic All-WAC
  • Cougar Club Scholar Athlete
  • Second Team All-WAC
  • First Team AVCA All-West
  • Led the Cougars in hitting percentage (.268) and aces (36), was second in kills (411) and third in digs (339)

1992 | Junior Year

  • Named First Team All-WAC
  • Second Team All-America by AVCA
  • Honorable Mention All-America by Volleyball Monthly
  • Named First Team AVCA All-West
  • Academic All-WAC
  • Cougar Club Scholar Athlete
  • Once again led BYU in hitting percentage
  • Led the Cougars to a 29-4 record, with all four losses coming against teams that made the Final Four

1993 | Senior Year

  • Helped BYU to its first-ever Final Four appearance
  • Selected to speak on behalf of the All-Americans at the Final Four honors banquet
  • WAC Player of the Year
  • Named First Team All-WAC
  • First Team All-America by AVCA and Volleyball Monthly
  • Named First Team AVCA
  • Finished the season third in kills per game (3.94), fifth in career kills (1185) and seventh in career block assists (272)