Fort Wayne, IN – The IPFW Mastodons made quick work of MIVA foe Quincy University, downing the Hawks 25-12, 25-18, 25-23.
Darryl Shank and Eddie Rivera each posted 11 kills to lead the attack and junior Corey Frain tallied a pair of solo blocks and five block assists for the defensive front.
Before the crowd even settled into their seats, the Mastodons had taken an 11-point lead on the first 11 serves of the match. A number of Hawk timeouts and substitutions attempted the stop the extended rally, but IPFW's razor-sharp attack (.444 attack pct.) had amassed a lead too great for the visiting Quincy squad.
Back-to-back aces by Darryl Shank grew the Mastodon lead to 13 at 23-10 before an Ivan Matos kill closed out the opening set rout, 25-12.
Behind the play of junior Corey Frain, currently the fifth leading blocker in the nation at 1.29 per set, the IPFW frontline posted 4.5 blocks in the opening set to complement an offensive attack percentage of .444.
The IPFW lead would be slow building in set number two. After holding four-point leads at 14-10 and 16-12, the play of Eddie Rivera sparked a three-point rally to put IPFW ahead 20-14, their largest advantage to that point of the set.
An ace by Adam Quinn and back-to-back huge blocks at the net by the duo of Shank and Frain pushed the IPFW lead to a convincing 23-14. Point number 24 came on a touch-kill by Darryl Shank and, after a brief Hawk charge, Rivera closed out the second set with a cross-court kill at 25-18.
Through two sets, the Mastodons held the Hawks to a .079 attack percentage behind 7.5 blocks - a tally higher than IPFW's blocking totals in seven matches of the season.
A night earlier, the same Quincy squad fell behind 2-0 to Lewis before eventually battling back and forcing a fifth set on the 15th-ranked Flyers. With constant reminders of the Hawks' grittiness highlighted in the scouting report, the Mastodons responded well to start set number three.
Trading points through an early going that saw both sides trade points. Eddie Rivera went over the top of Quincy kills on two of IPFW's three points in a run that pushed IPFW ahead 16-14. From there the Hawks would bring the set to even four times, but never steal away another lead from the home team.
A Quincy error moved the set to 23-22 and, with Garrett Bitter on the serve, IPFW sealed a three-set sweep on a Rivera kill that split the Quincy blockers for a 25-23 final set win.
Rivera and setter Adam Quinn each posted 11 digs, as each posted double-doubles.
As a team, IPFW hit at a .234 percentage overall, using 10 Quincy service errors and 21 attack errors to post the three-set win.
The Mastodons and Hawks will return to action tomorrow (Apr. 2) as they square off for round two of the conference series. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. from the Hilliard Gates Sports Center in Fort Wayne.