Quincy, IL - An efficient defense held the Quincy Hawks to a hitting percentage of just .107 en route to a quick conference sweep, 30-24, 30-25, 30-24.
The 'Dons jumped out to an early 12-9 lead in the opening set, thanks in large part to a number of attack errors by the Hawks. A service error pushed the IPFW lead to four at 22-18 before a Darryl Shank kill and Oliver Kook service ace closed the opening stanza in favor of the 'Dons, 30-24.
Shank posted an impressive five kills on eight attacks in the opening frame, as the IPFW frontline posted 4.5 blocks in holding the Hawks to a .182 hitting percentage.
The second set saw both sides battle tough in the opening points. With the score knotted at six, the 'Dons rattled off six straight points, taking a commanding 12-6 lead. IPFW built that lead to as many as eight at 19-11 before a brief Hawk run cut the lead to one at 23-22. A timeout whistle from the Mastodon bench calmed the squad's nerves as they took seven of the final ten points of the match, sealing a convincing 30-25 victory with an Elon Fyfield kill to take a two-sets to none lead.
The momentum swang in the third set in favor of the Hawks. Quincy took an early 13-9 lead. With their backs against the wall, the IPFW squad responded as Shank posted an ace to spark a 4-0 run to knot the match at 13. With the score again tied at 18, IPFW rallied with another five-point run to take their final lead of the match at 23-18. Dan Mader slipped the final point by the Hawks to close the three-set sweep, 30-24.
The 'Dons improve to 11-16 overall on the year with the win and 3-8 in MIVA play. A win tomorrow will seal a five-seed in the MIVA conference tournament for the Mastodons. First serve tomorrow with the Hawks is scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT. from the Pepsi Arena in Quincy.