(Quincy, Ill.) It took longer than expected but in the end the Quincy University men's volleyball team picked up a 3-2 win over Clarke College in their 2011 home opener winning 25-20, 20-25, 25-17, 24-26 and 15-13.
Quincy cruised to a win in the first set, jumping out to a 16-10 lead before Clarke made a late push that came up short. The Hawks were even with Clarke in the second set until Clarke rolled off an 8-4 run to take a 19-15 lead.
Quincy led just 13-12 in the third set when they scored eight of the next 11 points to take command. Kyle Volstad led the Hawk run with three kills and Steven Battaglia and Ryan Lehmann finished off the set with back to back kills. Game four saw Clarke score the first points of the set for the third straight set but Quincy was able to recover and take an 18-15 lead late. The Hawks led 21-20 after a kill by Joe Ascher but lost that lead and actually trailed 24-23 with Clarke holding serve for the set. Quincy was able to extend the set with a kill by Battaglia but Clarke responded with back to back points to take the win.
Quincy lost the first point for the fourth straight set in the fifth and final set but rebounded to take a 10-7 lead after a kill by Battaglia. Clarke fought their way back with three straight points but Quincy responded with a kill from Ascher to gain the lead back. The Hawks led 14-13 with Clarke serving when Kyle Volstad finished off the match with a kill on a set from Andrew Ouano.
Quincy hit .348 as a team with 66 kills and 10.5 total team blocks while Clarke hit .302 as a team with 58 kills and 16 service errors. Quincy was led by Ascher's 20 kills while Volstad added 15 kills and Battaglia and Lehmann each finished with 11 kills. Ouano recorded 58 assists in the match and Tanner Wright added 14 digs.
Quincy has now won two straight matches and improves to 3-2 overall this season. They return to action next Friday on the road when they face Hannibal-LaGrange College at 7 p.m.