March 7, 2011

Hawks Perfect Against Fontbonne

The Quincy University men's volleyball team swept a pair of matches on the road Monday night against Fontbonne University. The Hawks took both matches in three sets winning the first match 25-13, 25-22 and 25-19 and the second match 26-24, 25-22 and 25-16.

The Hawks came out firing as they pounded out a 25-13 win in the first set. The Hawks hit .353 as a team and opened up an 18-10 lead in the set. Quincy closed out the set with back to back points as Ryan Lehmann buried a shot and Larvell Stevens closed it out with an ace. Quincy could not shake Fontbonne in the second set, with the score at 18-17, until late in the set. The Hawks recorded four straight points with kills from James Wizniak and Joseph Sokol and an ace from Lehmann that put Quincy up 22-17. The Hawks traded points with Fontbonne down the stretch before Sokol ended the set with a kill. 

The Hawks hit a mach high .444 in the third and final set with 14 kills and just two errors. Quincy hit .311 as a team in the match with 37 kills and 14 errors while Fontbonne hit -.034 with 18 kills and 20 errors. Quincy was able to overcome their 19 errors, as they managed to pick up eight service aces and seven team blocks. Ryan Lehmann led the way with eight kills as 11 Hawks recorded at least one kill. Andrew Ouano finished with 22 assists while Tanner Wright added five digs. 

The Hawk offense was not as sharp in their second match hitting just .163 as a team with 37 kills but also 21 errors. The Hawks opened the match with 15 kills in the first set and had to have a late rally to maintain their sweep. Fontbonne led 24-23 and held serve when the Hawks started their rally. Wizniak started the comeback with a kill and Joseph Ascher followed with a kill to tie the score up at 24-24. The Hawks took the lead on an attack error and won the match when Ascher ripped a shot down the middle for the win.

The Hawks were too much for Fontbonne in the final two sets as Quincy recorded 11 kills in the final two sets. Quincy was led by Jeremiah Anderson's 10 kills while Ouano led the way with 20 assists. Robert Courtney added 13 assists and six digs as Quincy improves to 11-8 overall.

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