Shank, Fyfield lead IPFW in sweep of Quincy

Shank, Fyfield lead IPFW in sweep of Quincy

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.

Shank posted 17 kills on 33 attacks as Elon Fyfield followed with ten. Dan Mader posted 44 assists and Shaun Dryden tallied 11 digs for the 'Dons. Shank also led the defense with seven block assists.

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.